Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Tonkotsu Soho - normal to have gyozas stuck together, no!


Tonkotsu Ramen London Soho gyozas stuck together

Address: 63 Dean Street,
London W1D 4QG
Tel: 020 7437 0071
Nearest Tube station: Leicester Square

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £15 pp
Service charge: 10%
Taste: ***
Service: **
Ambience: ***
It difficult to have a quiet meal outside these days. In fact, Wife and I are only able to do that when LO is fast asleep. The last time that happened was at Dishoom, which is probably why I was bowled over by its lamb biryani; simply because I actually get to taste it.

Either that or we spend a small fortune on a babysitter. And that was exactly what we did over the weekend. We were out onto the streets in the late afternoon having watched Berenice at Donmar Theatre. After scrambling my brains to get around the play's convoluted dialogue, I was in need of some heavy (and warm) nourishment.

"Tonkotsu," I mumbled to Wife as soon as the curtains fell. There was a slight drizzle outside and a light breeze was building up. Ramen did seem like a grand idea. I found Bone Daddies a tad noisy so we headed towards Tonkotsu at Dean Street instead.

It would have been perfect meal if we had stuck to our usual order of chicken karaage. Instead, I went for the gyoza in the spririt of trying something new. I would usually avoid ordering the likes of dumplings whenever I dine out; the thought of them being carted into the kitchen in frozen packs just put me off. But the gyozas at Tonkostu is different. They are freshly made or so it says on the menu. We went for the ones with shrimps.

The gyozas arrived soon after. I took at look at it and asked the staff over. Holding it right up (see photo above), I asked the waitress why the gyozas were all stuck together. She answered with a shrug, "they are supposed to be like that." To give her some credit, she did flash a quick smile before whipping her head back and marching off.

No, gyozas are not supposed to stick together. If they are, it's probably because they weren't frozen separately when they were made.

In our pathetic attempt to separate the gyozas, we ended up tearing their skin and the fillings were all over the place. Not exactly the best way to start off a meal.

Never mind the ramen, all I could think about was the gyozas throughout the meal. Would I return to Tonkotsu anytime soon? Well, I'd rather sit through another session of Berenice again.


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