The Best Ramen in Toronto
The best ramen in Toronto is sure to satisfy cravings for complex broths and chewy noodles. The Japanese comfort food has been instantly embraced in Hogtown, and with it we've seen a surge of eateries imported straight from Japan and more still finding such success that they can't seem to open new locations fast enough.
Here is the list of the restaurants that make the best ramen in Toronto.
The chain of ramen shops boasts three locations in the GTA where the main attraction are deep bowls of pork bone broth laden with noodles (thick or thin). There are six different bowls of soup to choose from including the tonkotsu black ($9.85), a traditional milky soup spiked with roasted garlic oil and topped with pork belly, a soft boiled egg, black fungus and green onion.
This Yonge and Dundas noodle house is part of an international chain specializing in Toroniku Ramen (from $15.90), succulent pork jowls in a choice of shoyu, shio, miso or kara miso broth. Each order arrives to the table swimming with bouncy noodles while the colourful toppings like jelly ear mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and green onions are served on the side.
With a number of Toronto locations this ramen purveyor is a household name. The menu guides patrons through the process of building their own perfect bowl starting with a choice of pork or chicken broth, seasonings (shoyu, miso, or spicy garlic), thin or thick noodles, meaty toppings (pork belly, pork shoulder, or chicken), and finally extras like nori, seasoned egg, sweet corn and jalapeno paste.
Over a dozen types of ramen are available on College Street at Ramen Isshin. Signature offerings include shio broths served with freshly ground sesame, ultra spicy miso soups, and an ample selection vegetarian versions. The Red Dragon ($14.90) is my personal fave, it starts with a red miso broth that packs the heat of chilli sauce and spices and each bowl is loaded with twisty noodles and topped with pork belly cha shu and soft boiled marinated egg.
Get your noodle fix at the Toronto branch of this famed New York restaurant found at the base of the Shangrila-La Hotel on University. The namesake Momofuku Ramen ($16) features pork belly and pork shoulder with narutomaki (fish cake) and a runny egg, while the Smoked Chicken Ramen ($15) is finished with toasted miso, menma (fermented bamboo shoots), scallions and egg.
This compact eatery in The Beach(es) is an offshoot of an acclaimed Tokyo noodle house. Choose from half a dozen bowls of soup including shio ramen ($11), a clear chicken and kelp broth swimming with chopped leeks and garnished with spinach, nori, narutomaki, char-grilled pork, chicken chashu, and a marinated egg. Even more complex is the signature Kyouka ramen ($11), a milky broth that adds pork bones to a base of chicken and kelp broth and is deepened with soy. It too gets topped with a soft egg, narutomaki and slices of chicken and pork plus mushrooms, chives, bean sprouts and chili paste.
Seven locations of this popular ramen chain span Southern Ontario including five in Toronto proper. The menu covers all the basics (shoyu, shio, miso), plus spicy versions and well honed recipes for the regional specialities of Hokkaido, Nagasaki, Fukuoka and beyond. Try the Netsu Ramen ($9.95), a spicy Sapporo-style ramen loaded with a choice of ground pork or chicken.
Straight outta Fukuoka, this destination on Yonge Street in North York is keeping it real and cooking up traditional recipes from the proprietor’s hometown. Among the four bowls on offer, find the Hakata Tonkotsu ($9.80) a milky pork bone soup that takes 15 hours to prepare and is only available in limited batches each day. Toppings including chashu, egg, white leek, pickled ginger and kimchi are extra, priced at $1 to $2 each.
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