Breakfast at Ember London

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Ember in Monument has now launched it’s long-awaited breakfast menu. From 7.30am until Midday, hungry City dwellers can feast on delicious breakfast dishes with an Asian twist, in one of the most stylish venues in the square mile.

Decadent hot dishes include home cured wagyu corned beef hash with fried eggs and chili jam, and gin spiced lamb bacon with sake cured egg, tomatoes, labne, date ketchup and pomegranate.

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For lighter options, a specially curated ‘raw menu’ features buckwheat and blueberry cream with almond milk, kiwi fruit and alfonso mango, plus our personal favourite – coconut granola bars with manuka honey, medjool dates and matcha green tea cream.

Baked goods include flourless orange & almond cake, and fresh fig & kaya scones.

Wash it down with a turmeric, orange, carrot & pineapple juice.

Ember is open for breakfast from 7.30am – 12pm, Monday to Friday.

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Tonkotsu East, Haggerston

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Tonkotsu East has the hallmarks of a classic new East-End eatery: it’s built within Haggerston station railway arches, there is exposed brickwork, it’s management team is friendly and knowledgable and – of course – a large percentage of its customers have beards.

But there is one feature that sets this new Japanese bar / restaurant aside from its neighbours – an industrial-sized noodle making machine, housed in its own in a glass room, easily viewable from the dining area.

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It’s the only one of its type in the UK, and you can literally watch as long strips of dough are stretched, cut, noodalised, dried, and then brought to you in steaming bowls of ramen. Homemade cooking at its best.

And noodles aren’t the only distinctly homemade product available at Tonkotsu East – they also make their own very yummy ‘Eat The Bits’ chilli oil, made from d’Archbol chilli flakes, shichimi togarashi, red miso, garlic, onion and sesame seeds, available to buy from the restaurant.

The food menu is small but perfectly formed – clearly a lot of care has gone into each dish. The highlights are the Tokyo Ramen – a soy-based pork and chicken stock with medium thick noodles topped with mirin, sweet soy-glazed pork belly, half a soft boiled egg, menma and spring onions… and the handmade, slightly crispy prawn goyza (dumplings) are quite possibly the best in town

 

mmmm... a hot steaming bowl of ramen.

mmmm… a hot steaming bowl of ramen

Side dishes include crab or pumpkin croquettes, king prawn katsu, salt and pepper squid and sea bass carpaccio, as well as tenderstem broccoli and pickled cucumber.  Wash it all down with a flask of sake, a Japanese beer or something from the cocktail list.

Tonkotsu East is definitely one if of the best Japanese restaurants around at the moment, and a welcome addition to the Haggerston area – for more information check out http://tonkotsu.co.uk

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