The new site in Soho’s Dean Street will be named Tonkotsu (meaning ‘Pig bones’). Tsuru founders Emma Reynolds and Ken Yamada told BigHospitality late last year that they had identified a lack of restaurants offering authentic ramen – a Japanese noodle dish often flavoured with soy sauce or miso.
Speaking then about the launch of the new concept, Reynolds said: “We wanted to open a restaurant serving authentic ramen, the kind you get in ramen shops in Tokyo. The aim is very much to develop and expand the concept as we find the right locations. We’ll expand slowly to give the restaurants the attention they need.”
Tonkotsu will have 54 seats, with a further eight outside. The menu will be kept short, offering in addition to ramen a small range of starters and side orders including fresh, hand-made gyoza (dumplings) and a crab cream korokke (Japanese croquettes). Drinks will be artisan Japanese beers and whiskies, sake and juices.
More information can be found at www.tonkotsu.co.uk.