The Best Ramen in Toronto
The best ramen in Toronto is a product of the influx of Japanese eateries that opened in this city over the past year. 2012 was the year when ramen shops all across the city began to pop up faster than it takes to finish a bowl of tonkotsu, and frankly that's not something that seemed to bother many. With most of the establishments taking up relatively little space, offering up speedy and affordable edibles, and taking an understated segment of Japanese cooking to the forefront of everyone's minds, the only thing left to see is how long some of these noodle shops will last.
As dozens of ramen shops now dot the landscape around Toronto, it's important to educate oneself on who among them are worthy of the title of Baron of Broth or Knight of the Noodles.
Here is the list of the restaurants that make the best ramen in Toronto.
The owner of Sansotei Ramen in Old Chinatown studied at the Yamato Ramen School in Japan where he honed his recipe for the richest tonkotsu broth, the most scintillatingly slurpable noodles and the most complimentary toppings imaginable. With four types of ramen on offer (tonkotsu, shio, miso, and tonkostu shoyu) as well as thick or thin noodles and your choice of doneness, Sansotei appeals to even the most discerning of palates. More »
A Japanese original dating back to 1988, Santouka has set up dozens of international outposts including this one just steps from Yonge Dundas square. Their signature Toroniku char-siu pork has separated them from their neighbors time and again. Using only the "rarest of the rare" pork jowl, the tender, succulent meat is served as a dry side to their tonkotsu broth and noodles. The depth of their broths are excellent the toppings are simple and delicious. More »
One of the first ramen shops to surface in Toronto, Kinton Ramen has established themselves as the bonafide best bowl of ramen in Baldwin Village since they opened last summer. The masterminds behind the famed Guu empire were smart to strike when the soup was a-simmering. Open seven days a week, Kinton Ramen's spicy garlic ramen is one of the main draws. It's a fiery, nuclear coloured broth with bean sprouts, scallions, and fresh shaved garlic. More »
It seemed as though it took a little while longer for Raijin Ramen to really get rolling, but after playing second-string-soup to the nearby Santouka Ramen when they launched, it seems as though they've begun to pick up steam, literally. Serving a more alkaline broth and leaner pork than many Toronto ramen shops, Raijin also boasts a large, beautifully designed 70 seat space at Yonge and Gerrard, though, they still don't take reservations. More »
Torontonians seemed to swoon for Momofuku as soon as news broke that revered New York chef David Chang was setting up shop in the Shangri-La Hotel. Just one element to the four-tiered Momofuku brand in Toronto, Momofuku Noodle Bar has managed to capture the love of snarky stomachs all over the city, despite being met with less than unanimous praise at the time of its inception. Some less traditional offerings like smoked chicken ramen and Chinese style dan dan mein can be found at this star's soup shop. More »
With four Toronto locations to choose from and now an incumbent Mississauga establishment, Kenzo Ramen is one of the most convenient and longstanding ramen shops around Toronto. That said, they've been able to maintain their success and justify their growth due to the quality of the product they pump out. Their broth is a blend of fish stock as well as pork and chicken bone stock that offers up a balanced richness alongside their thin, texturally terrific noodles. More »
The second arm of the Yours Truly brand, this second floor restaurant near Queen and Shaw makes each batch of their toothy ramen noodles in house in a temperature controlled room, and cures each individual serving for a minimum of two days. AOK Foods serves a traditional shoyu ramen, but for a more adventurous escapade, engage all of your palatable senses with the tongue-tingling Sichuan Tsukemen ramen made with Chinese spices and Sichuan green peppercorns. More »
Another longstanding staple for ramen in Toronto, Ajisen might just garner the greatest selection of soups in the city. With over 17 varieties to choose from, Ajisen does everything from traditional Ajisen Shoyu Ramen, to a spicy Tom Yum Deep Fried Seafood Ramen, as well as ramen with kimchi, lamb teppanyaki, curried pork cutlet, and beef shank. You can spend an eternity on the menu alone, but I guarantee it won't take long to down your dish once it does arrive. More »
A modest selection of ramen makes up the menu at Niwatei, a tiny spot nestled into J-Town complex near Steeles and Victoria Park. Everything from the noodles to the condiments are made in house and their broth has a smoky and satisfying saveur. Plus, prices here can't be beat. Bonus that after your meal you can shop for some Japanese groceries and baked goods at the shops only a few feet away. More »