[Updated 8 October 2013 with opening times and menu details]
Tonkotsu, who were at the forefront of London's ramen revolution are soon opening in Tonkotsu East in the Hackney Arches - and now there's a chance to get a preview experience at the end of September.
The new Tonkotsu will be off Kingsland Road, having taken over an arch that used to house a mechanic's yard near Haggerston station. Tonkotsu owners Emma and Ken have restored the building back to bare brickwork, with an open bar and kitchen and a big window into our bespoke noodle machine. They're aiming to mirror the look of Tokyo ramen bars, serving up ramen and booze for hungry Hackney ramen hounds.
They'll be serving up the ramen, karaage and gyoza that is such a winner in Soho as well as Japanese octopus pancakes too. Starters will include a seabass ceviche, salt and sansho squid, and crab korokke with a twist on tartare sauce using Japanese mayo. Ramens are changing all the time but the current ramen is a Tsukemen dipping ramen with grilled, wobbly slices of pork.
Drinks-wise there will be a range of London and Japanese beers and sakes.
Tonkotsu East opens provisionally on Tuesday 15 October. The hours next week will be Tuesday to Fri 6-11pm, Saturday and Sunday all day. The following week is expected to be the same but is unconfirmed.
Tonkotsu East is at Arch 334, 1a Dunston Street, London E8 4EB and opens October 15, 2013.