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Oct 16, 2005 11:28 PM

Ajisen Ramen in TORONTO

  • k

Went to ajisen ramen (warden & steeles) yesterday (saturday) and it was absolutly PACKED with people. I had to wait a while in line for it, but it was definatly worth it. great friendly atmosphere. With as much people eatting as people waiting to be seated and the frequent japanese phrases that they yell, it was definatly a unique experience. But more importantly, the ramen was really good. Alot better than some of the ramen that ive tried at other japanese places around. I was talking with one of the people that worked there and apparently they ship the noodles in from overseas!? does anyone know if this is true? I had the ajisen spicy noodle and it was VERY SPICY! i ended up having to buy 2 pops. price wise, its only cheap compared to other japanese places. i think its definatly worth my money. it was definatly worth the long line up.
anyways, has anyone else been there? what are your thoughts? also, does anyone know what they are saying every few minutes in japanese?

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  1. Is this the chain where the logo is a cartoon girl holding a bowl of noodles? I ate there a couple times while travelling in Asia and liked it in a comfort food sort of way.

    1. p

      so how much were these noodles actually? and how much variety was there in the menu?

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      1. re: pinstripeprincess

        Prices are about 5-6 for most of the noodle soups. The most expensive was the "tenderous pork" one which was 7 I think. Most of the appetizers are around 3. Small place, but the owner is really nice, they definately have more than enough staff for such a small location, but the lineups are quite long. If you don't mind an early dinner, 6 on a weekday seems the best time to go without the hectic crowds that show up later/weekends.

        1. re: Wil

          Hmm I've been there a few times, and it's a welcome change from the other noodle places that I go to.

          The last time I checked, a majority of the dishes were in the $7-$8 range. I found some of the appetizers expensive. E.g. the enoki beef is better elsewhere. But I enjoy my food whenver I go there.

      2. Seems to be the same old chain in a new setting. It's commodified, fast-food style ramen that's grabbed simply because there's so little else available.

        1. T&T Supermarket sells all kinds of ramen- dried or non-dried in refrigerated Japanese food section

          you could easily make your own ramen noodle soup.

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          1. re: halo

            Even though the quality of the noodle is important, however, when rating Chinese Won-Ton noodles, fish balls 'Ho-Fun', Vietnamese Pho or Japanese style ramen/soba/udon...etc, the quality of the soup base is equally important. In the case of Ajisen, the soup base is made in accordance to the formula first derived by a Japanese master 30 years ago. Pork bones and chicken wings are simmered in excess of 7 hours to create the 'milky' appearance and deliciousness of the soup. I don't think any 'make your own' supermarket ramen noodles can duplicate this uniqueness!

          2. Ajisen Ramen opened another branch in GTA, this time in North York, just a couple of blocks north of the North York Civic Centre (5229 Yonge). They have only been open for a few weeks at this location, but I have seen it and been curious about it, so I finally wandered in there on friday. We were only going to stop and get take out but we were easily persuaded to stay and had great noodle soups (Kimchi Beef Teppanyaki and Curry Deep Fried Pork). Both broths were excellent (which to me is the critical taste factor), and the texture of the ramen was better than any I have eaten so far (I hate the standard udon noodle soup they serve at the restaurants here and the dried ramen they sell in supermarkets does not compare).

            I think along with the Korean pork bone soup & fish stews and the newly opened Vietnamese Pho restaurant, the Yonge strip between Finch and Sheppard should be officially renamed soupland.