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il davis May 2, 2008 02:55 PM

We will be in Toronto for a Yankee game and want to find a great small noodle shop in the CBD.Once found one near city hall. Please help. We like soba and all asian noodles.
Many thanks

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    fusion_kitchen May 2, 2008 04:34 PM

    Hi, I would recomand you a Japanese Ramen Restaurant in downtown.
    You will enjoy various genuin ramens and one side dishes for 10dollars/person.
    The name of the noodle shop is 'inoodle' in korea town.
    Try to look up the map on google map. 623 Bloor st. West Toronto, ON.
    You can get to by subway, it's located two blocks west from Barthust station.

    I took some photos last time. My preference is karashi negi ramen. Beside of this you got a try 'Tonkotsu' as well. As a side dish I prefer Tonkatsu and dumplings.

    Enjoy your meal and leave your opinion later.

     
     
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    1. re: fusion_kitchen
      jennjen18 May 3, 2008 09:24 AM

      Wow, ur pictures look like they're straight from the kitchen! Good job!

    2. 50firstdatesguy May 2, 2008 11:28 PM

      I also liked iNoodle! Although it's been said that you won't easily find good Japanese style ramen in Toronto, iNoodle is fairly close.

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        jtamin May 3, 2008 08:45 AM

        I also haven't found anything better than inoodle downtown, but if you get the chance to go uptown, check out Kenzo or Pacific Mall for ramen. However, if you like pho, then try Pho Hung of Pho 88 on Spadina.

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        1. re: jtamin
          mrbozo May 3, 2008 09:14 AM

          0r Pho St Clair, 781 St Clair Ave W., 416-656-7998. Delicious Vietnamese food prepared with a deft and light touch. Run by a young Vietnamese couple. Small very intimate space with an an equally small patio but excellent food and a relaxed vibe.

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          Gary May 3, 2008 09:57 AM

          Noodles are a bit of a contentious topic on here, but here are a few more possibilities:

          Japango on Elizabeth St. is right behind the new City Hall and may be the one you are thinking of from a previous visit. This place is run by Japanese (rare in Toronto) and although they are more known for their good sushi and sashimi they also have some Japanese noodles.

          A few blocks north-west of there is Konnichiwa on Baldwin St. They have a wider selection of noodles which are superior to their sushi in my opinion. I really enjoyed the Ramen I had there last time; you have a choice between two different kinds of broths.

          As mentioned above, if Vietnamese pho is your thing there are various places along Spadina near Dundas. In addition to Pho Hung and Pho 88 I've also had good rare beef pho at a place called Pho Saigon.

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          Konnichiwa
          31 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

          Japango
          122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

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            goodcookiedrift May 3, 2008 10:21 AM

            I second that. Japango has to be one of my top 5 Japanese in TO.

            For Chinese noodles, there's always King Noodles and Swatow in Chinatown (Spadina and Dundas area). In fact, I think if you don't feel like Japanese, I would hop on either the Queen or Dundas street car over to Chinatown and indulge.

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              skylineR33 May 3, 2008 10:29 AM

              The noodle at Japango are Udon, their seafood udon is nice. I think they also have soba, but not ramen.

              I prefer the ramen at Kenzo over Konnichiwa. The noodle at Konnicihiwa is too soft, lack of elasticity, the pork slices are all lean meat with no fat at all which I also don't like. They selection of ramen at Kenzo is much wider than Konnichiwa too.

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                Gary May 3, 2008 02:20 PM

                Probably true, but the poster is looking for food in the "CBG" aka downtown. Steeles & Yonge is pretty far from the Rogers Centre, which is the same reason I've not yet tried Kenzo despite hearing good things. For those without a car Konnichiwa is far more convenient to downtown. I agree, the pork slices in my ramen were surprisingly lean but still pretty darn tasty in the scheme of things.

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              il davis May 4, 2008 07:22 AM

              Thanks for the response to date. I should have specified that we prefer Chinese noodle shops even though we like buckwheat(soba) which of course are found in Japanese places. .. Any other suggestions?

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              1. re: il davis
                mrbozo May 4, 2008 07:47 AM

                King's Noodle House on Spadina near Dundas. Mother's Dumplings just east of Spadina near Dundas for their da lu noodles and, of course, their dumplings.

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                  VP of Feeling Groovy May 4, 2008 08:10 PM

                  I respectfully have to disagree with the recommendation of King's Noodle. It is sometimes OK but usually the dumplings are undercooked and the broth disappointing. The new decor is nice but the food is generally mediocre.

                  My Spadina standby is Goldstone, not amazing but reliable, pretty good noodles.

              2. T Long May 4, 2008 09:14 PM

                If you are here on a Sunday....there is a Soba option at a downtown place called Hiro's. Check these postings.... http://www.chowhound.com/topics/497004

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