In search of (good) Miso Ramen in Toronto
No problem in Vancouver. Ezogiku on Robson opened, then they popped up all over the place.
In Toronto, however, the search is still on. You can take your Pho, your Udon, your Soba, your Chinese noodle soups, your Kim Chi ramen.
I am willing to travel anywhere from Hamilton to Kingston for spectacular Miso Ramen and Gyoza. I mean the kind of place that has had the same soup pot on since they opened. Is that legal here?
Can anyone shed some light?
Please save me from the sad noodle shops around Yonge and Bloor - I have successfully made better from a packet!
tokyo grill on yonge, just north of wellesley, is japanese-run and makes some good soups. the giant bowl of miso ramen is only $5.95.
king's cafe on augusta (in kensington market) had a good miso ramen soup, but i haven't seen it on the menu for a while.
if these don't pan out, ask at sanko, at 730 queen st. west.
Don't get Miso Ramen at Tokyo Grill.
If any Japanese person tries to order it, the waitress will advise against it. WHY? Because it is basically noodles in Miso soup, the same miso soup that they include with all the other dishes. This is not the way Miso ramen is supposed to be served.
One good place for Ramen in Toronto is called Otabe. I don't know the exact address, but it is on the north side of Queen Street all the way in the East End where the Queen Street car has a terminus. (Neville Park)
Your great question sent me off to Google and I found this wonderful site:
For an exhaustive description of Ramen, select ABC of Ramen from the main navigation. Also to see the sort of devotion Ramen lovers give their favourite restaurants, check out Ramen of Tokyo from the main nav. Basically the entire site is an ode to ramen, but is very informative too.
The film Tampopo is worth seeing if you haven't already. But as worldramen.net warns, "Tampopo has made a tremendous contribution to spread truth and charm of ramen, but it has fiction!"
My favourite Japanese noodle shop (run by Chinese as are most "Japanese" restuarants in Toronto) is at HWY 7 and West Beaver Creek, on the south side in the strip mall. It's 2 or 3 stalls over from the bubble tea shops. More than 20 variety's of noodles including Miso Ramen. Not sure what you consider "good" but it's cheap and yummy in my books. Good sashimi/sushi too. In summer they often have Soba Sushi (instead of being on rice, it's on Soba noodles)