If you are heading to Tokyo in the coming months, then you must check out Tokyo Extra, which connects Tokyo to the world.
Tokyo Extra uncovers all the hidden attractions of Tokyo that you want to know more about — it’s a travel show that looks to be an interactive guidebook for the city. In their video series, they uncover all manner of topics and areas of interest, to ensure that you get some new ideas to enhance your trip to Tokyo, without feeling like an overwhelmed tourist in a city of endless possibilities.
The show goes to the places that were the foundations of modern day Japan, then move into modern Japan, filled with robot restaurants, Anime-inspired theme parks and Owl Cafés.
In the latest installment (shown above), they talk about how to eat Yakiniku, while in the previous episode, they search out the best in Ramen offerings, which got us thinking: What are the best Ramen Resturants in our city of Toronto? We’ve gone from a few select gems and chains to new shops opening up across the city – here are some must-try spots to get your fix of chewy noodles and hearty broth.
Kinton Ramen has five locations across the city (I find myself at most at their Queen West restaurant most often), and they offer what we have found to be probably the best vegetarian ramen around. Noodles cooked to perfection in a meat-free broth with heaps of scallions, corn, sprouts, wood ear mushrooms, seaweed, a side of delectable, crispy tofu furai and an optional egg marinated to divine perfection. Not only that, but they also offer a handy make-your-own menu so that you can tailor your perfect bowl of ramen. From very spicy to quite tame, the menu, in its simplicity, really does give everyone the option of having just what they are craving, including add-ons like seasoned egg, sweet corn or grated garlic, among many other choices. And that’s after selecting the from the base flavor options of original, shoyu, miso, spicy garlic and more.
Not only that, but the fun, modern atmosphere includes unique, bumping music and bizarre game nights and challenges, so you’re bound to have an interesting evening with their enthusiastic staff.
The other bonus, which I of course have to mention, is that the dishes start around the $10 mark, and even when you add a wide selection of extras, you’ll probably still land under $20 mark, including possibly the cheapest pint of Sapporo the city has to offer on weekdays.
Located at 91 Dundas St East, Santouka is without a doubt not only one of the best ramen places in the city, but also one of the most popular.
With their signature original dish Tokusen Toroniku Ramen as the staple that I go to most, their delicious build-your-own ramen really does satisfy the craving. The atmosphere is fun, the staff are friendly, I think the only downside that is that there can be somewhat long wait times, but really, it must just mean they are doing something right with that much demand.
With the average price of the ramen menu being around the 12-15 dollar mark, and each and everything we have tired on the menu being quite delicious indeed, we can see why people will spend a little extra time to get their ramen fix in the east end.
Located in one of my favourite places to be in the whole city of Toronto, the Shangri-la hotel, Momofuku restaurant rounds out our top three spots to get the best ramen in the city of Toronto.
This brain child of New York chef David Chang has one of the best presented and best thought out ramen menus we have seen here and almost anywhere. The Chicken Ramen (toasted miso, menma, scallion, egg) at $15 and the Mushroom Dan Dan (shiitake xo sauce, sesame, chili oil) at $14 are truly fantastic dishes that will keep you coming back again and again.
The setting is brilliant, the service is second to none. As a special add-on to set them apart from other ramen joints, the fried chicken (part of the special sharing menu for 4 to 13 people) is really wonderfully made and delectable. If you’re craving soup, dive right into the chicken bowl, or if you’re like me, bring a bunch of friends and do both and have a bit of it all.
So, if you are feeling the pull of the ramen noodle, these are our top 3 spots in Toronto to get your fix, as inspired by Tokyo Extra’s spotlight on this famous Japanese dish.
Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know @weraddicted or in the comments section below.