This week we visited the Tonkotsu pop up at Anzu Restaurant which is just minutes from Piccadilly Circus Station. They have a ramen residency at Anzu until 25th February so make sure you check Tonkotsu out before then! Anzu is a gorgeous spacious restaurant with high ceilings and beautiful Japanese decor. The restaurant was quiet when we visited but it was quite early and mid-week. The staff were friendly and chatty and helped us have a relaxed night.
We tried some Shiitake & bamboo shoot gyoza and Edamame beans with sea salt to start. You can’t go wrong with edamame and these didn’t disappoint, with just the right amount of salt. The gyoza were really tasty, full of flavour and cooked perfectly – no hard edges!
For the main course we had the Curried pumpkin & spiced corn ramen: pumpkin, squash & tonyu soy milk puree and a hint of Japanese curry spices, enriched with konbu & shiitake stock with classic homemade noodles. Topped with spiced corn, roasted squash padron peppers, pumpkin seeds and seasoned egg (which you can remove to make it vegan!) the broth was deep with flavour and had a mild kick to it, the roasted squash tasted really good. The portion was huge! We also had the Duck hiyahsi ramen salad: Roast duck, noodles, cucumber, tomato, pea shoots, seasoned egg & ponzu dressing. The roast duck was abundant, tasty and crispy and the noodles were tasty and full of flavour from the ponzu dressing – great dish.
Another stockist of the Rare Tea Company, we had some Japanese silver tip which was as lovely as ever, and the Crushed oolong iced tea which was great. The tea flavour wasn’t too overpowering so it was really refreshing. There’s also a selection of Japanese beers and some great sounding cocktails too.
Go and check them out if you can – the residency finishes at the end of February so there’s still time! If you can’t make it Tonkotsu have a couple of other locations so be sure to find them and try their delicious ramen!