One of the best ways to warm up from January’s freezing temperatures is with a hearty bowl of ramen.
For those who have never tried the dish, ramen is a Japanese noodle soup that sees a delicious medley of vegetables, meat, and fast cooking noodles served up in a simmering broth. Whether you prefer your noodles thin or thick, your ramen vegetarian, vegan, or with a choice of pork, chicken, or beef, this is a meal that’s perfect for lunch or dinner, and can be found in endless Japanese restaurants across the city.
Here are five places that are serving some of the best ramen in Toronto.
It’s no surprise that one of Toronto’s first Japanese ramen restaurants, Kinton Ramen, has become a local favourite. Kinton uses a specialty technique to master their homemade noodles which are then added to a pork and chicken bone soup base. Alongside these meaty favourites, Kinton Ramen offers a vegetarian broth filled with deliciously seasoned and simmered vegetables. The restaurant also offers ramen meal sets that feed anywhere from one to four people.
Kinton Ramen is currently open for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats and Skip The Dishes.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
While some restaurants create a one-of-a-kind dining experience at the expense of the cuisine, at Momofuku Noodle Bar, neither the space nor the noodles disappoint. A customer favourite is the pork ramen, made with a mouth-watering pork belly that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Combine it with fish cake, scallions, and a soft egg and this pork ramen will be your new go-to favourite.
Momofuku Noodle Bar is currently open for curbside pick-up and delivery via Ritual and Uber Eats.
For vegetarian ramen lovers, Ramen Isshin is the place to be! The vegetarian roasted garlic shoyu comes topped with delicious sauteed, buttoned and wood ear mushrooms, seaweed, and bamboo shoots. The vegetarian dishes can also be ordered with egg-free noodles to support a vegan diet as well.
Ryus Noodle Bar
Found in the east end of the city, Ryus Noodle Bar shot to fame in Toronto back in 2018, when it opened at its original Baldwin St. location. While there are plenty of delicious ramen bowls to try, like the spicy miso or the shoyu, the majority of Ryus’ ramen is centred around Ontario chicken and is a popular choice, along with all of the ramen done in clear broth. There’s also a 58°C Angus Roast Beef ramen, and plenty of vegetarian options. In 2021, Ryus opened a big back patio at its 786 Broadview Ave. location, which is currently open for outdoor dining.
This restaurant comes directly out of Tokyo, where it has claimed the title of the best ramen in Tokyo and best ramen in Japan a few years running. Toronto is also the brand’s first overseas location. Konjiki uses traditional practices and machinery from Japan while combining innovative and inventive ingredients found in Canada. On the menu is a signature clam ramen, made with Konjiki’s original clam, chicken, and pork base.
Konjiki Ramen has multiple locations across Toronto and is available for takeout and delivery via DoorDash, Skip The Dishes, and Uber Eats.