Best Authentic Ramen Shops in Toronto
Ramen has gone from a quick snack in the microwave to a dedicated meal at shops and restaurants in Toronto. The Japanese export has become a city favourite with ramen spots popping up in virtually every neighborhood. Finding that perfect blend of noodle, broth and protein is a challenge many have accepted. To them we say, here’s our list of the best authentic ramen shops in Toronto.
Sansotei is a contemporary ramen restaurant that gives you the true Japanese experience. They offer thick and thin noodles – extra toppings if needed – and their pork bone broth is made fresh daily and left to simmer for up to twelve hours. Sansotei’s menu also features traditional dumplings, fried chicken and seaweed salad with Japanese drinks and beer, and dessert. Open for lunch and dinner with branches across Toronto, you should get it while it’s hot.
Translating into ‘One Heart One Ramen’ and true to their name, Ramen Isshin is all about customer satisfaction. Known for their Black Sesame Tan Tan Noodles and White Sesame Shio Ramen, their distinct flavour starts in the wok to which they add their signature blend of red and white miso, sake and tonkotsu broth. Ramen Isshin features an appetizers and vegetarian menu, and gluten-free bowls. Add to that Sapporo and Sake, and the ‘Isshin’ experience has it all. Yes, the secret ingredient is love, but a whole lot more goes into Isshin’s ramen.
Hakata Ikkousha Ramen, the popular Japanese chain specialising in Hakata-style ramen, opened their first Canadian location in Toronto at Queen West. Their aim comes from three characters in their name, which spell out: one, happy, place. With their chefs simmering the pork bone for hours, the broth develops a creamy consistency and a clean finishing-taste. Offering dumplings, fried chicken and signature rice bowls, you’ll experience Hakata, Fukuoka in a bowl.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka was made for families because that’s where Santouka started. In the beginning the one restaurant had nine seats and a single item on the menu. Since then, Santouka has grown into a chain that dominates in Japan and overseas. The ramen bowls are specially ordered to retain the aroma and delicious flavour and prevent the soup from cooling: talk about attention to detail. Their menu offers a variety of ramen that promises to be a habit-forming experience.
A short walk from Freed Developments’ 346 Davenport, eating at Santouka can become a daily thing.
Ryus Noodle Bar
An extensive menu to satisfy every hankering you could possibly have, Ryus Noodle Bar boasts some of the finest, spiciest and most well-thought-out selection of ramen. Featuring both chicken and pork broths, side platters, rice bowls and a vegetarian menu, Ryus really is more than a noodle bar; they even let you make a customized ramen bowl. With Dip n’ Noodle, Winter-Spring Specials and a new broth featured regularly, there’s no shortage of surprises at Ryus Noodle Bar.
Kinton Ramen was the first authentic Japanese ramen bar to open in Toronto and its reputation today is well deserved. Their ramen chefs prepare every topping using the freshest and highest-quality ingredients. The bowls were made with purpose: a harmonious soup, textured noodles, marinated Canadian pork, sous-vided chicken, and a vegetarian broth heaped with vegetables: there’s a reason why Kinton Ramen makes every list, every time.
The Kinton Ramen at 90 Eglinton East, is a short walk from Freed’s Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos: you’re never far away from authentic Japanese ramen.