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The return of Kenzo Ramen

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Walking on Dundas yesterday, I noticed a sign advertising a new Kenzo Ramen. Stuck my head in, and chatted briefly with the owner, who was working on fixtures in preparation for a Friday opening. He was very excited to hear that I knew and loved his old location near Yonge/Finch (which is still open, but under new ownership). He promised the new location would be even better, with a more extensive menu. There aren't many items listed yet on the website, but was pleased to see that some of my favourite ramens will be back, along with the gyoza, which at the old location, was outstanding:

http://www.kenzoramen.ca/ramen_side.php

138 Dundas West (just east of Elizabeth Street, between University and Bay)

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  1. Giddy up...have tried the ramen at the Yonge location and found it to be pretty authentic. This new location should do well (given the bland chinese restos in the area)

    1. Exciting news! Thanks for sharing. Aside from Konnichiwa there's a lack of decent ramen downtown, and for me heading up so far north is just for a bowl of noodles (no matter how good) just isn't practical.

      Out of curiosity, 138 Dundas West is the address of the burger place called "Red Charcoal"... did that business go under, or is this address shared by multiple units?

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      1. re: Gary

        Red Charcoal is definitely gone. Too bad because I loved their burgers. They never seemed busy enough though, 1-2 tables at the most.

        1. re: Gary

          I was just in that neighborhood the other day (checked out the new mini-Longo's near Dundas/Bay), but didn't see Kenzo Ramen. I shall go check it out next week after the opening.

        2. If they can serve the same product as up on north Yonge, I'll be quite happy!

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          1. re: Pincus

            Hmm Takoyaki - do they have that on Finch and is it good?

            1. re: Teep

              I think they do.

              Never had it, and I wouldn't know the good stuff if I did...sorry.

              1. re: Teep

                Tried their takoyaki there before. I love takoyaki but do not have too much experience on the street version, and by my standards they were quite good. Bonus points for having them freshly made (it took them a while to prepare) and served lip-burning hot, and in the traditional boat-shaped disposable plate. It's going to be the best you can get in Toronto, for a very long time to come!

                I hope they continue making them in the new location too!

            2. Kenzo served an okay ramen before (despite being one of the better places, or the best place in Toronto for ramen); hopefully they can do some work and improve the product.

              1. do you know what the broth is made from?

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                1. re: ddelicious

                  That would depend on the type of ramen you order. Tonkotsu isn't on the menu but the old location used to have it advertised in the restaurant.

                  1. re: Negaduck

                    Boo, I also noticed Tonkotsu was not on the website and hoped it was just an online omission. Maybe if we all ask nicely...

                    1. re: Gary

                      It'll be there, they never had it on the printed or online menus. It was always listed taped on the wall as a special.

                      Again, Kenzo is the best Toronto's got, it's too bad the bar is set rather low.

                      1. re: aser

                        It's like Indian food in Japan, I am just grateful they are ever available at all :)