It seems these days that there are as many good ramen restaurants in London as there are pubs (well at least to me it seems that way). Over the past ten years or so, a real trend for Japanese food has not just taken off, but positively thrived. Most of the good places tended to be located within Central London at first, but as East London took off, it was only natural that Japanese cuisine would spread over that way.
Which leads us to Tonkotsu East, a delightful ramen restaurant located within minutes walk of Haggerston overground station. One of now four Tonkotsu ramen stores in London, this is my personal favourite thanks to the unique setting of the railway arches that the shop is converted into.
Other great reasons to come? Well of course there are the noodles, which are made in store by the amazing electric-controlled traditional-noodle-making machine. The machine is housed in a see-through work area, so you can literally watch your dinner being prepared in front of you.
As well as the noodles, you can feast on a variety of other small dishes - my favourite being chicken karaage - being like a far-superior form of fried chicken.
Should you get there and it is a little busy (they tend not to take reservations here), there is a lovely little bar on entrance where you can have a cocktail or beer based around, or inspired by, Japanese ingredients and tastes. The drinks reflect the care and attention put into the food, with the brews being mainly craft beer from London, or brands from Japan. Should you fancy something a bit stronger, you could have one of the Japanese whiskies on offer, which are renowned for their quality.
The service is good, the place is great, and the noodles tremendous - so all you need to do now is get yourself there.