10/11/2012 02:44:00 PM

Bone Daddies' Ross Shonhan Talks Ramen and Rock Music

Ross Shonhan - former head chef at Zuma and Nobu Dallas - is gearing up to launch his first solo restaurant in Soho next month (November 5). Bone Daddies, a rock 'n' roll ramen bar, is the latest in a string of Japanese noodle soup joints to pop up in London. We sat down with him to find out more.

Zagat: Why noodles? How did it all start?
Ross Shonhan: I have been obsessed with ramen for several years, and the more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. There is a real subculture surrounding ramen, and I found myself reading about it till 4 AM. I thought I would do this project later, but then a site came up which was the perfect fit. Restaurant sites are hard to come by unless you are a big-name chef, so I just went for it.

Zagat: Bone Daddies is a pretty unusual name. Is there a story behind it?
RS: I didn't want it to be too serious or too Japanese, so it's a tongue-in-cheek reference to where our soup stocks come from. Also, it's the only one people remembered when I was thinking of a name. 

Zagat: Why do you think ramen has become so popular in London recently?
RS: Because it's popular in every other major food city, so it's about time it came around again here. 

Zagat: We know the menu will feature 10 dishes, but what are some of the flavours you will offer? And which one is your personal favourite?
RS: I love tantan men or kimchi, but we also offer some new takes on ramen. Imagine a funky or playful ramen with some additional components or textures - traditional with a twist.

Zagat: Will you be serving anything else besides ramen?
RS: Yes, some snacks like Japanese fried chicken, some sashimi dishes (not sushi) that will be easy to eat without chopsticks, some vegetables and other specials. But ultimately we are serious about being a ramen bar.

Zagat: What about dessert?
RS: Not at this stage.

Zagat: Where do you like to eat out in London?
RS: Barrafina, Koya, Bar Shu are three favourites. And Brixton Village on Saturdays.

Zagat: You have called Bone Daddies a "rock 'n' roll ramen bar." What kind of tracks can we expect to hear?
RS: Anything older than 20 years - from the Beatles to early Red Hot Chili Peppers. The music will change according to the weather, customers and the time of day. But we will definitely play some Cold Chisel and AC/DC from Australia!

Zagat: Finally, if you were on death row, what would you choose as your last meal?
RS: I never get into trouble! But if I did - apart from ramen - I would have to say BBQ from Texas, Mexican food made by my chefs in Dallas or meat pies from Oz.

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