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Aug 6, 2009 10:44 AM

J-Town Ramen

I go to j-town on the weekend to buy meet from the FAMA meat shop and the ower told me 1 week ago that there's going to be a new ramen shop opening soon in J-town. Can someone confirm? thanks. Danny

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    1. Yep, there's supposed to be a ramen-ya opening soon, but I'm not sure of the date (or if there is one yet). Maybe aser knows?

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      1. re: tjr

        Sweet jesus let this place be good. I really need this.

        1. re: tjr

          thanks! J-town delivers one of the better Japanese product/food/grocery in Toronto, I'm really looking forward to this one! I remember about 15-20 years ago J-town used to be a tiny supermarket @ Finch/Victoria Park, it has really expended over the years.!!

        2. Well, it's finally open. All I'll say right now is that the tonkotsu is far superior to anywhere else in the city. Strong, creamy, milky-white broth with discernible structure, porky sweetness, minimal saltiness with pretty good quality imported noodles. Egg was overcooked, red ginger present. Tasty green tea mochi to close the meal. I'll certainly be back. But I'm a ramen novice though, so get over there quick and have at it. Btw, they mentioned next door at Ju that they expect their liquor license in a month or so.

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          1. re: Chester Eleganté

            Recently tried J-Town's new ramen shop and must say that it "made me very happy"! The tonkotsu broth was wonderful and not too salty, the noodles were cooked just right, enjoyed the red ginger and the "char sui" was very moist and tender. YUMMY in my tummy! Also had the gyoza but it did not taste quite right to me...had a bitter after taste?!
            You can order just the ramen or try the set menu (3 choices of ramen, a choice of: gyoza, salad, rice, curry,etc, PLUS choice of dessert). Service was very attentive!
            Would go back for my ramen fixes!

            1. re: cheapcheap

              can anyone compare the quality of ramen to Konichiwa on Baldwin? i'm not uptown often so would like some sort of idea of the ramen before making the trip up. thanks.

              1. re: cheapcheap

                I'm with you on this. This place is gonna make a lot of people happy, and continually satisfy a longstanding craving. btw I had a fattier cut of chashu the second time around, and the noodles and broth were just as good.

                (905) 513-6492
                Tues-Fri 5:30pm-10pm
                Sat 12-10pm
                Sun 12-9pm

                1. re: Chester Eleganté

                  Glad to hear! Must have read our posts!!

              2. re: Chester Eleganté

                Just came back from trying their Tonkotsu. Agree with CE that this is the best rendition of this noodle dish in town! Better than Kenzo, Konichiwa, Ajisan Ramen...etc. Very good broth and noodles. My egg was perfectly cooked too!. Only downside was that the Char Siu was sliced a bit too thick and not tender and fatty enough. Room for improvement there. Otherwise, considering this is Toronto, I'm pretty happy with what they are bringing out! Using a score of 10 for some of the best one I had in Tokyo, this TO ramen place deserves a score of around 8.0.
                Next, we would need our true Japanese food master SkylineR33 to try and confirm?!! Anyone who had spend over 1 hour lining up for the '2nd best ramen in WHOLE OF JAPAN' should know!!!

                138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  Now I am dying to go, how big is the shop? I assume pretty small? Basically, will I be able to take my toddler :)

                  1. re: Wil

                    Small but not too small. About 8 tables plus a counter sitting about 5-6. When we were leaving, a party of five came in with a kid. The staff even provide the party with a children high chair! So, you should be fine!

                  2. re: Charles Yu

                    Awesome. I will have to try this place out ... I've really enjoyed the ramen at Kenzo previously. :) thanks for the review and comparison, Charles Yu.

                    138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      Thanks Charles_Yu. Can't wait to go to J-Town soon to try out the ramen. I tried the ramen at Kenzo and thought it was decent. Then again, I have not tried the ramen in Tokyo before standards may not be as high as yours or SkylineR33'

                      138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        I'll be heading there as soon as I'm back in Toronto. Is tonkotsu their specialty?

                      2. re: Chester Eleganté

                        Just went last night for the tonkotsu. Really liked the broth. It was flavourful, but tasted clean. The saltiness was perfect for the ramen, but a touch on the salty side for drinking straight after the noodles were done. So I can't fault them, not sure if you can reach the perfect balance to satisfy both. My egg was overcooked, maybe it just got cooked by the broth it sank into. Some of my fellow diners had perfectly cooked eggs. The noodles were also the best I've had in Toronto. Easily better ramen than Kenzo, which was just okay, and Ajisen (whose noodles I despise).

                        The cha shu was a bit lean but I didn't mind. Loved its texture, and the flavour was good. For the appetizer in the set, we got a takagomi gohan, which was alright, we make a better one at home. The mini gyu-don was really nice. Loved the flavour and texture of the beef. The mini curry is just what you'd expect, a standard, yummy japanese curry. Portion size of this was pretty decent. The dessert we had choice of green tea ice cream (pass) and mame-mitsu, which was gelatinous yellow (or green) bean cubes in syrup with canned fruit and adzuki. Didn't love it, but it's definitely suited for japanese palates. Green tea was $2, which annoys me, but they use a very decent tea.

                        Definitely going back for the ramen, not sure if I'd pay the extra $3-4 for the set, or the $2 for tea. I'd probably get a second bowl of ramen instead.

                        1. re: Crispier Crouton

                          Hello C.C! Welcome to the 'tea club'!! I too made the mistake of ordering a green tea only to find they charge me $2 for it! Should have use the money and head next door for a skewer of yakitoi instead! Ha!! Like you said, good ramen though!

                        2. re: Chester Eleganté

                          thanks so much for the heads up! I am a total ramen addict and have never found good ramen in TO so will definitely try very soon.

                          Curious as to how this place compares to Ipuddo in NYC or Momofuku Noodle bar.

                          1. re: mussetto

                            Momofuku is more 'fusion'!
                            This place inside J-Town is a simple ramen place, very Japanese, with a very limited menu of 3-4 choice of broth and toppings. IMO, closer to Ipuddo in taste and presentation, which I recalled is Japanese own and run.

                            1. re: mussetto

                              I find Momofuku's Ramen pretty weak, hope this place is better. I wouldn't compare it to Ippudo but if it's anything close to Minca, Menkuitei, or even Rai Rai Ken I'd be satisfied.

                              1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                                Haven't been to Momofuku but have always wanted to try. I really liked Ipuddo the Tonkotsu was expertly balanced and berkshire pork the right amount of fatty ratio.

                                Went to Niwatei couple days ago. Agreed best so far in Toronto. Tried the Char-sui, Miso and Tonkotsu. The Charsui broth ( I forget what type of broth maybe Shio?) was slightly too salty, the Miso was interesting with a twangy note of some sort tasted like muted shiso, the tonkotsu was gentle and smooth. Pork with a good amount of fat, meat slightly tough, this could be that the pieces were cut a bit too thin. Sides of rice with beef, rice with veg, karake and gyoza were ok not exceptional. Definitely has good potential I will definitely go back to get my ramen fix.

                            2. re: Chester Eleganté

                              Perhaps they're having consistency problems or something because when I went their broths were very pedestrian. The only good thing was the texture of the noodles. Also their gyoza tasted like a badly steamed dumpling; only one gyoza had a slightly browned crust. I might go back after they've stayed in business for longer and only if I'm in the area. I wouldn't make a trip just for it.

                            3. Where exactly is this ramen shop? Inside the mini-mall or outside the mall?

                              You can buy ramen in the refrigerator section of T&T Supermarket.

                              Make some miso soup. Add ramen and some toppings.

                              If not miso soup, open a can of Campbell soup. Add noodles.

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                              1. re: Bunni

                                I went yesterday but not sure if i found the ramen place. We peeked inside the yakitori outside the mall but it closes mid afternoon. So is that the ramen place (across from Jtown FAMA)? Or is it another store altogether? I don't think you mean the food court inside the J-town mall where they have the adjoining stores, correct?

                                1. re: caitlink

                                  Not the food court!!
                                  Walk all the way down the alley. Past the fountain. Up a ramp on your left.. Unit #2, next to yakitori / Izakaya place

                                  1. re: Charles Yu

                                    Added it to Chow. You may want to edit the good-to-know bit

                                2. re: Bunni

                        're probably right about the campbell's.

                                3. Went yesterday to Niwa-Tei and had the tonkotsu ramen, gyoza, and curry rice. I liked the ramen, as it had a good soup (fantastic creamy aftertaste, but too salty for my liking) and decent noodles which were cooked to a toothsome texture, which I liked. The chashu for all five bowls of ramen at the table was dry and too thick, but had more flavour than any other "chashu" I've had in Toronto on ramen. Egg was fine, if you're going for hard-boiled, but for shoyu and tonkotsu ramen, I would much prefer a ni-tamago.

                                  The gyoza was stuffed pretty full and was packed with meat which was cooked decently, but improperly fry-steamed. Not much of a crispy bottom to speak of and the wrapper for a few was torn.

                                  Curry rice was standard, but nicely done: ok rice, mild-sweet curry with a hint of heat and a scattering of thinly sliced beef.

                                  I would go again because the broth for the tonkotsu is quite good and they cook the noodles to my liking. The only "problem" is that I will probably never be able to finish a bowl by myself as the bowl is deceptively full of noodles.

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                                  1. re: lsk

                                    Brought my parents here. We all enjoyed our ramen and actually we liked the gyoza a lot.

                                    All of our eggs were overcooked (they were hard boiled)....I was disappointed with that but will ask them to cook them less next time.

                                    I did not think there were too many noodles, in fact I felt it was quite a small portion for the price however its the best we have here so I guess I can't complain. Next time I'll probably order two bowls...