Bone Daddies (High St Kensington)

Location: South West London

Cuisine: Chinese/Japanese

Price Range: ££

LFM Score: 4/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 3/3

Ramen is a common comfort food, re-kindling memories of student hall kitchens, oblongs of dried noodles and sachets of MSG. London has come a long way from that kind of ramen thankfully.

So ramen specialists, Bone Daddies, have been highly successful and are almost a mini-chain in London. Can their standards be maintained? LFM is glad to report that the ramen served in the High St Kensington branch is spot on. The 20 hour pork broth was rich and luscious. The cherry on the top, or in this case, a deep fried soft shell crab, perfected the dish. LFM also sampled the Korean deep fried chicken wings starter which was satisfying and tasty although we’ve had better elsewhere with a less ‘industrial’ taste.

The restaurant is based in the top floor food court of Whole Foods which gives it a rather casual vibe. This is perfect for bringing the little ones with high chairs available and plenty of room for buggies. Nice (and slightly odd) touches were the additions on the table of bibs, hair ties and garlic crushers.

Extremely happy with this opening in SW London and hurrah, no need to trek into central London with the bulky buggy for that ramen fix.

http://www.bonedaddies.com/restaurant/high-st-kensington/

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Oriental Dragon

Location: Fitzrovia

Cuisine: Chinese

Price Range: ££

LFM Score: 4/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 0/3

Why is it when you find a good value Chinese restaurant serving great food that it is always let down by the service and ambience?

Oriental Dragon specialises in Sichuan cuisine. The dumplings tasted homemade and the deep fried squid with cumin was amazing. Whilst munching away on these superb dishes, we tried to black out the fact they had made us dine in the depressing basement (strange damp odour and not easy to cart the pram down to). And why bring us our rice 10 mins after the razor clams had arrived? No high chairs and little space for buggies.

Hutong (At the Shard)

Location: London Bridge

Cuisine: Chinese

Price Range: £££

LFM Score: 5/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 1/3

Although there are many Chinese restaurants in London serving food as great at Hutong, you go here for the views to impress your guests (but you pay the price).  Excellent tasting menu and dim sum, one of the best roast ducks we’ve ever sampled. Low bebe score as although there are the facilities, Hutong is a bit chic and sophisticated to take a messy baba.

http://www.hutong.co.uk/