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Jun 7, 2013 01:59 PM

Sonoya Japanese Ramen - First Markham Place

Located a few steps from Ding Tai Fung, this newly opened Ramen place shared the same owner as 'Kenzo'! Its presence must a welcoming sight for those chowhounders who live up north and would like to savor a decent bowl of Ramen once in a while!
After yesterday's hefty Spot Prawns Chowmeet, I decided to have a late lunch with something less oily. A bowl of Tonkatsu Ramen at Sonoya seems to fit the bill.
Similar in quality to Kenzo's, the Ramen was chewy firm, the broth creamy and tasty and the eggs perfectly cooked. Only slight downside was the 'too thickly sliced and a bit tough', Char Siu. For meat lovers, you are in luck!! Their 4-5 thick slices per bowl was more than generous in my opinion!
Santouka is still my favorite Ramen place in town. However, for $4 less and 20 minutes less in driving, I do not mind staying uptown for this occasionally?!!

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  1. LOL comeon Charles, you know how they make the broth! It's not a light lunch after your chow meet gorge!!! ;) How do you rate shogun vs Niwatei vs sonoya?

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    1. re: plug

      Calorie wise its not too bad. Especially if one skim off the lard. The salt could be the actual killer!!

      I would rate Shogun and Sonoya about the same. Niwatei's broth was a bit too salty for my taste. Too stingy on the meat. Haven't been back for a while. Prefer the Yakitori next door!

    2. Hey Charles, Stopped by Sonoya because of a ramen craving. Had the king of ramen, delicious! =) My bowl came with 3 thick slices of char sui that was tender. Might have tweaked the toppings since you went... =D Place was also pretty empty at 8PM.

      As a curiousity question. Do you know why there are two kenzo ramen restaurant/chains? and I found it a little confusing.....

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      1. re: normanwolf

        Didn't know about the 2 websites?! May be they are planning to expand to the States?

        1. re: Charles Yu

          Strangely there is also a Kenzo Japanese Noodle House in Vancouver run by Koreans and they also have a King of Kings ramen on the menu. But they're not connected to the Toronto store. Seems to be too much for it all to be coincidence. I wonder if there's an "original" back in Korea they're all copying.

        2. re: normanwolf

          Isn't it that the original Kenzo (on Yonge, between Steeles and Finch) moved to downtown, but the new owners kept the old name?