Bone Daddies comes to James Street

Bone Daddies is slowly taking over London and now has 7 branches dotted around London. It shows no signs of slowing down and each of its restaurants offer something different in terms of atmosphere and menu choices, so the formula doesn’t risk getting old any time soon.

In fact, when I went to their soft launch of their James Street restaurant last week (to take advantage of the 50% off deal) I didn’t even have ramen or korean fried chicken wings *gasp* because there were so many new things to try. I had to eat lots, of course, for blogger purposes.

Bone Daddies James Street’s menu has a new robata grill section, meaning lots of mouth-watering meat (and vegetable options, but I was in a carnivorous mood). We went for a mixed selection of ox cheek kushiyaki, fatty lamb ribs, salmon and chicken yakitori. If you like your red meat, the ox cheek and lamb ribs are must-tries. Be warned – the ox cheek is very rich in flavour and peppery, so it’s best eaten in small bits. The fatty lamb ribs are, as you expect, fatty, but are served in some soft strips that you’ll wolf them down and probably won’t spend time fiddling with picking off bits of fat. For something slightly lighter, the salmon is marinated in chilli teriyaki and surprisingly refreshing. I personally¬†thought the chicken yakitori weren’t anything to write home about and were a bit dry – there are much more flavoursome things on the menu, and you can get chicken yakitori in most other places these days.

My new personal favourite addition to the Bone Daddies menu is the sweet spicy pig bones, which dare I say are a worthy rival of the legendary Bone Daddies korean fried chicken wings. The ribs aren’t as heavy as the wings and aren’t drenched in sauce but marinated in sweet chilli, soy and sesame. They’re still very flavoursome and moreish, and definitely something I’ll get next time.

Sweet spicy pork bones

Sweet spicy pork bones

For the sake of blogger integrity, I couldn’t leave without sampling some cocktails! This being Bone Daddies, I expected something that was strong enough to knock me off my stool after one glass (I’m a major lightweight) but the two I tried were surprisingly light and not overly sweet. I went for the lychee and pomegranate martini and kyuuri-yuzu, both of which I would recommend and have again. The menu also has a good range of sake, Japanese whiskeys and wine.

Oh, and it wouldn’t be a meal without dessert. Fortunately, there’s a lot of ice cream mochi to choose from.

Bone Daddies have shown they are not a one trick pony with their James Street branch. There’s a lot of new stuff on the menu but, of course, the ramen and korean fried chicken wings will always remain. Long may they reign!


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