The Vietnamese national dish is called “phở” – it’s a light clean broth with flat rice noodles, fresh herbs, meat and some chilly. My ultimate comfort food. BUT! It’s the holiday, we need to be festive and lately, “light” and “healthy” haven’t been found on my table. Or my belly. And I think we can agree Ramen is the Japanese naughty version of phở. Julien and I only go to one place for ramen: Bone Daddies. But their ramen bar is in Soho and it’s sometimes a long way away, especially if you just go for a bowl of noodles. Fortunately for us, they’ve opened a new ramen bar in Kensington! Level 1 at Whole Foods; we therefore headed on day 2 of their opening.
I waited for JB on the ground floor, starring at the most gorgeous gingerbread house I had EVER seen in my life… It was so inspiring I decided to make our own gingerbread house in the afternoon on a whim.
We’re pretty boring and we always order the same thing: Tantamen, or Tantamen 2 (either pork of chicken). Not that I’m not an openminded person, truly: I’ve tried other items on their menu but Tantamen is the best so we always go for the best. I’ll warn you but the waiter will as well: it’s VERY spicy, which is fine by me but not poor JB who needs to ask them to cut the spice by half.
Picture a delicious, very fatty but sooo flavourful bone broth, filled with mince meat, actual meat, egg noodles, one bok choy to keep it balanced.
We (almost) never finish our ramens, at lease I don’t after an incident of me eating so much of their ramen that I was the victim of a food coma for the rest of the day once. But that’s how delicious it is. But this time we had dessert in mine, and green tea ice-cream and chocolate fondant are also in our favourites list.
Jolly good lunch.
Overall review: food was great, but didn’t taste as delicious as the one in Soho. Explanation: either it’s simply not as good because the chefs are different, OR the atmosphere has a very strong influence and obviously, the Whole Foods food court doesn’t provide you with the cool, hipster Soho experience that you get in the original restaurant. BUT it was still great and I recommend it if you happen to be on High Street Ken and wish for a comforting bowl of ramen.
Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season, I know I am wallowing in chocolate, to my stomach’s regret. xxx