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Walked past what appears to be another Kenzo location -- a block or so west of Spadina, north side. The sign in the window says it is to open mid-October.

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

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  1. That's awesome. Guu, Kenzo and Sushi Couture all on the same Annex strip in the near future? Where was all this when I was attending U of T? Good thing I'm still in the area :)

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    1. re: Wench Foraday

      Agreed. Kenzo Ramen is going to be a salty, tasty treat on cold campus nights! Yumm

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      Kenzo Ramen
      6180 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M, CA

      1. re: Wench Foraday

        Guu too? On Bloor in the Annex????

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        Guu
        398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

      2. This is EXCELLENT news. I love Kenzo. previous poster summed it up perfectly. Kenzo, Guu, and Sushi Couture in the Annex. As of a few months ago, that strip had very few good eats. Now we're talkin'.

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

        Guu
        398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

        Sushi Couture
        456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

        1. This totally poked at my ramen cravings. Couldn't resist :\

          Pics: http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com/201...

          I've tried almost everything on the menu. While my favourite is still King of Kings, I decided to try something different this time. More about the other bowls after what I just tried:

          Tonkatsu Ramen ($8.95
          )Hakata Pork Bone Soup = Salty noodle goodness
          Baby bok choi, red peppers, green onions, pork, and the classic swirly-dough-ramen-guy in a salty broth. This definitely satisfied my noodle craving. Pork is my favourite when it comes to ramen, and I always savour the egg - it consistently arrives at a perfect sunny colour - just between soft and hard. The tasty broth, filling egg-based noodles, slices of salty pork, and veggies make this yummy bowl. I dumped a load of spices in my noodles which really perked it up. Would've been just as happy without it but I can never get enough spice!

          Ji Su Men ($9.95)
          Finely chopped chicken i a special thick soup
          The first few slurps were very tasty. The second few were good. Halfway through, the sesame oil had coated my mouth and I was quickly feeling full which is not normal for me. It usually takes me about 20 minutes to get there but the overload of thick sesame oil made me feel icky and pretty uncomfortable for awhile after. Well I can't blame it all on the Ji Su Men - my friend finished less than half of her bowl so I polished the rest off. I have issues with leaving food behind!

          The "special thick soup" is essentially broth, cracked egg, and lots of sesame seed oil. The bowl was full of tasty vegetables - cabbage, sprouts, greens, mushrooms, and garlic. The chicken was good, but nothing beats salty slices of pork.

          If you really like sesame you will enjoy this. I did in the beginning. However, if your system tends to reject an overload of oil...then you may feel regrets. If you want to try it, I say order it with a friend or two and ask for extra bowls. You'll enjoy the tasty flavour without going overboard.

          Overall, Kenzo Ramen satisfies my noodle cravings. I have yet to find a bowl as tasty as what I had in Japan in Toronto, but this is the best so far! Great on winter nights (so comforting at 10PM when it's dark and cold).

          Erin's Kenzo Ramen Ranking:
          1. The King of Kings - seaweed, tasty broth, pork, egg, and a generous serving
          2. Netsu Ramen - A bit spicy & full of meat and veggies. Not slices of pork though, which is my preference tied with Tonkatsu Ramen
          3. Miso Ramen - Misotare & soybean paste
          4. Sho-yu Ramen & Shi-o Ramen (both good basic ramens)
          5. Ji Su Men

          I've also tried their takoyaki (baked octopus balls) and gyoza (dumplings). Both are decent, but nothing note-worthy in my opinion. Get 'em if you're curious but definitely don't skip out on the noodles!

          Erin

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

          Kenzo Ramen
          6180 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M, CA

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          1. re: ekim256

            Thanks for your review. I always want to try new things on the menu, but I love the Netsu ramen so much that it's hard to go for anything else. I have has the tokoyaki and and gyoza, which were very good.

            1. re: acd123

              I have to retry their takoyaki and that of Manpuku to compare. I'm pretty sure Manpuku was a little better. Or rather, I just need an excuse to eat Takoyaki twice. haha.
              I always think about their nagasaki champion, but out of sheer laziness I don't order it because I don't like peeling shrimp and I love pork in ramen.

              The Netsu is great, I agree. I'm always struggling between that and King of Kings...ahh...I'm craving noodles again.
              I'm interested in trying their yakisoba & okonomiyaki too!

              Erin
              http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com/

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              Manpuku
              105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

          2. I can foresee a lot of my time spent in the Annex getting some writing and eating done!

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            1. re: Pincus

              As an update, I called the Bloor location today and the gentleman who answered said they would open "sometime next month".

              1. re: EarlyDrive

                They told me Oct 25th. I guess there have been some delays. I can't wait to have it in the hood.

                1. re: acd123

                  Ditto. Maybe he meant next week instead of next month? I'm checking back on the 25th then.

                  1. re: EarlyDrive

                    Gotta be sometime this month. SIgn on the door says "A Japanese noodle restaurant will open in mid-October." I'll be waiting anxiously for my ramen fix...

                    1. re: pravit

                      Maybe they haven't updated the sign?

                      1. re: Herb

                        So, it's open and delicious. And, compared to the downtown location especially, really good service.

                        1. re: EarlyDrive

                          I walked by it later last night. I will have to head out there on the weekend, now that it's getting cold enough to really appreciate a big bowl of ramen.

            2. IT'S OPEN!! I got this in my email today:

              Hi, this is Kenzo Ramen.
              We are now pleased to announce that We recently open new Kenzo on 372 Bloor st. West Toronto (416)921-6787.
              We hope you come and enjoy at our new location as always.
              Thank you and it is always a great honor to serve you all.

              Sincerely,
              Kenzo Ramen

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              Kenzo Ramen
              6180 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M, CA

              Kenzo
              Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

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              1. re: meatnveg

                Ummm, it's been open for like a month :)

                1. re: themiguel

                  :0) well, maybe now they're ready to be critiqued.

                  1. re: themiguel

                    I live in waterloo.

                    Surprising it took them a month to send out the email

                2. Thanks to a nearby meeting, combined with a fortuitous check if this thread and presto, I had a delicious bowl of ramen at the new Annex location yesterday. I had the pork bone soup and it was so so tasty - a milky broth (what makes it white?), delicious slices of braised pork, a gorgeous green chunk of bok choi and of course, those wonderful noodles. It was perfectly delicious from the first slurpy spoonful, even more so after I added the chopped garlic on the side of the bowl and a few shakes of the hot spices. I was quite full after 2/3 of the bowl and over-stuffed after finishing it off - could.not.stop - a wonderfully warming and comforting meal in a bowl for $10.

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                  1. re: peppermint pate

                    the milky is usually because they've cooked the bones so long, if I'm not mistaken!

                    1. re: jlunar

                      The milky white color comes from a few things including type of bones, double boiling them to get the blood/gunk out, skimming frequently, and keeping it at a rolling boil.

                      1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                        It's funny about their tonkotsu broth - it was milky, had good body, and was salty and delicious, but I wouldn't say that there was much pork flavour or meatiness to it at all. I guess that could be a good thing depending on how much you like porkiness.

                        Also, I've been there three times since it opened, and they haven't yet had the tonkotsu miso or tonkotsu shoyu available.

                        Complaints aside, their gyoza are indeed really nice, and I don't even like pan-fried dumplings in general very much.

                        1. re: Wench Foraday

                          I mean, there's too many things to mention that are wrong with their Ramen so I'll just sum my disappointment up by saying that they just don't do a balanced bowl of noodles. I wish they did.

                  2. I just wanted to add my add my thumbs up to this new location. I love the Kenzo on Dundas, but it is usually so cramped in there. The new place is a lot more spacious. And the ramen was equally as yummy.

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

                    1. Kenzo is to Ramen, what Mickey Rooney was to Breakfast at Tiffany's.

                      I actually really like their Gyoza though.

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                      1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                        I knew I wasn't the only one!

                        1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                          At the advice of the board i went in on Saturday and had it for the first time - i had the king of kings and the wife and little one had another few as well. I don't exactly know what i'm missing here but i thought it was rubbish, I would take pho any day of the week over this --- i thought it lacked flavour and was pretty grossed out by that fish wheel thingy as well. and it looked like mr. noodles in the bottom --- i don't get it. yuck.