Ramen, a Japanese soup dish that consists of wheat-noodles and a traditionally meat-based broth (vegetarians see: Ramen Isshin), is one of the most popular meal choices in Toronto. With ramen restaurants opening all over the city, picking the right spot can be a little overwhelming, which is why we’ve compiled a list of five ramen locations in Toronto that are worth checking out.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka | 91 Dundas St E
According to their website, Santouka began its history after founder, Hitoshi Hatanaka, said to his family, “I’m going to make delicious ramen.” Santouka is an international giant, but that doesn’t stop it from providing excellent service and food. With a friendly atmosphere and authentic ramen dishes, Santouka’s original dish, Tokusen Toroniku Ramen, is a stand-out option. If you’re looking for something delicious and refreshing, Santouka is your place.
Ramen Isshin | 421 College St
Isshin has the best service in Toronto in terms of ramen shops, with a warm welcome always waiting for you right at the door. Their red dragon and spicy red miso ramen are two great reasons to visit this location.
Ramen Isshin is also notably the only ramen restaurant in Toronto that serves true vegetarian ramen, using a vegetarian broth as an alternative to their delicious tonkotsu soup base.
Sansotei Ramen | 179 Dundas St W
Sansotei offers a signature Tonkotsu Ramen with a broth that is both creamy and rich. What makes this location unique, however, is its availability of two noodle options (thick or thin). Their roasted garlic oil in their Miso Black is also especially delicious. Sansotei offers two locations in Toronto, with one at Dundas West and the other on Yonge.
Kinton Ramen | 402 Queen St W
With four locations in Toronto and more to come, Kinton Ramen offers an authentic ramen experience with exceptionally fresh and good ingredients that will satisfy any noodle and soup lover. Variety separates Kinton from other ramen locations, which is best displayed by a clear and full menu that guides its reader through a step-by-step build your own ramen.
Kinton’s locations are also set up with a traditional standing bar, which adds a little extra touch of authenticity to the experience.
Kenzo | 671 Queen St W
Although Kenzo’s service could improve slightly, this spot makes the list because it offers good ramen at lower prices. Paying half of what you pay at other ramen shops will still leave you feeling full and satisfied at Kenzo. Kenzo also pays close attention to noodle preparation, which makes the dishes at this location worth it.
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