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which ramen place for ramen intro?

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I'm taking a friend for her first taste of ramen. I've had ramen before, but not here in TO. To all ramen lovers out there, where should we go? Kenzo, Manpuku, Ajisen or the one in J-town? Want to have some takoyaki and gyoza as well. Thanks!

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

Manpuku
105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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  1. don't know about the old Kenzo, haven't been there since the new management.
    I personally don't like Ajisen as it's just like eating spaghetti in a bowl of soup, that's really weird.

    you and your friend want to go for real Japanese taste? or just want to try it?

    1. No ramen at Manpuku. Perhaps you're thinking of Konnichiwa up on Baldwin?

      I don't have ramen enough to have a strong preference. I like the food at Konnichiwa a lot, but I like many things on their menu better than their ramen.

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      Konnichiwa
      31 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

      Manpuku
      105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

      1. I have not tried the uptown Kenzo for a while. But Kenzo (the one at Dundas) and the one in J-Town are both good, they are just the best you can find in Toronto area. I like the Tonkotsu ramen at the one in J-town. For Kenzo, I prefer King of the King ramen if your friend is ok for spicy food. I don't think the one at J-town has Takoyaki though. But I heard they are going to open up another restaurant soon in there which serves Okonomiyaki and probably takoyaki too.

        1. Without trying to threadjack, can anyone recommend a decent place to buy pre-made ramen noodles?

          I am ISO just plain noodles, fresh or dried - not picky.

          Thanks!

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          1. re: munkdogg

            My favourite purchased ramen are available at PAT. They are fresh, Pulmuone brand, in the refrigerator. More pricey than the dried, but they aren't deep-fried first or laden with palm oil, and I find the texture and flavour way more enjoyable.

            http://www.flickr.com/photos/camknows...

          2. I also recommend Kenzo (Dundas location). Very consistent after a slightly rocky start last year, and they now have great tonkotsu. We're there every few weeks for lunch and it's always satisfying.

            Munkdogg: Sanko on Queen West has the best selection of dried ramen, a lot of it seems to be imported from Japan via BC (no English on the package except for an ingredients sticker) and it's much better than I've been able to find at, say, T&T. It's pricey though at about $10 for a pack of 5 and they often run out of the best kinds for weeks at a time, so it's a bit of a crapshoot.

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            Sanko
            730 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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

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            1. re: Gary

              Good stuff, I will check it out. Many thanks!!