Toronto great eats! Follow the ramen trail.........

Real Estate Sales Representative with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Toronto Realty

If you are a foodie like me, and a big fan of ramen and izakayas, you would have noticed the explosion of Ramen establishments and Izakayas that have sprung up in the Toronto food scene. In Japan, ramen is comfort food, a hunger fix. However, signature ramen has become a symbol of an urban meal in the North American pop food culture in major cities like New York, Vancouver and Toronto. The fierce ramen competition has introduced an evolution of signature flavors. A good bowl of ramen consists of the equation of two main ingredients - the noodle and the soup, then mixed with various toppings flavored with shoyu or miso.


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Some restaurants below have been tried and tested...each ramen shop has their own authentic approach to make the soup base, sometimes take slow cooked for 1-2 days.


Ryoji Ramen & Izakaya  690 College St, Little Italy

Hapa Izakaya  603 College St, Little Italy

Zakkushi Izakaya 193 Carlton St , Cabbagetown   [Specialize in charcoal grilling. Their sashimi is one of the best I have tried anywhere]

Kingyo Izakaya   51B Winchester St, Cabbagetown 

Ninki Izakaya  133 Richmond St W, Downtown

Izakaya Nejibee   24 Wellesley St W, Unit 1, Downtown

Raijin Ramen   3 Gerrard St E, Downtown   [Black miso soup base is a specialty]

Izakaya Ju     3160 Steeles Ave E, J-Town, Markham

Santouka Ramen   91 Dundas St E, Downtown   [They offer options for less fat or low sodium for the broth. Nice variety on the menu including roe on rice - one of my fave!] 

Kinton Ramen  51 Baldwin St, Baldwin Village    [Their soup base is cooked for over 20 hours]

Fin Izakaya    55 Eglinton Ave E, Mid Town

Guu Izakaya   559 Bloor St W, Annex   398 Church St, Downtown [I never get tired of this place.]

Sansotei Ramen   179 Dundas St W, Downtown   

Chou Izakaya   556 Church St, Downtown    [Don't judge this place by it's decor. Everything on the menu is consistently great! Great value for the quality they offer.]


How to eat ramen:

 1: Eat with chopsticks. That's your noodle shovel. So what's the spoon for? That's for sipping the brothy goodness while you are consuming the noodles. It's all about layering the flavours.

 2: You have to slurp. It's not about being dainty. Slurping actually helps cool down the hot soupy noodles. Just relax and enjoy!


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Toronto ON M5R 1J9

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Comments (4)

Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Anne, it has been years since I was up in Toronto, but I did enjoy my visit there.  Would love to come back and enjoy dining at one of these restaurants that you have listed.

Jan 17, 2013 09:55 AM
Anne Lok
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Toronto Realty - Toronto, ON
Toronto Modern Real Estate

Kathy - Toronto has undergone significantly changes in the past 7 years not only the skyline, but cutlurally and gastronomically as well. When you do come back for a visit, it's definitely worth the food crawl at some unique restaurants here. 

Jan 17, 2013 10:02 AM
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I am a giant fan but here in the North Georgia Mountains it is slim pickin's

Jan 17, 2013 10:30 PM
Anne Lok
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Toronto Realty - Toronto, ON
Toronto Modern Real Estate

Charlie- I have noticed an influx of  Japanese new comers to Canada. Most of the signature ramen shops opened in Vancouver first before coming here. We have been deprived until now.

Jan 18, 2013 03:53 AM