If you’re a ramen lover in Toronto, Konjiki Ramen must be on your bucket list.
Not only did it have One Michelin Star for three years in a row from 2019 to 2021 in the Tokyo Michelin Guide, but it also had the Tokyo Michelin Bib Gourmand title for four consecutive years before that.
With spots in North York, Downtown, and Yorkdale Mall, they put a fresh spin on classic ramen by introducing creative elements.
The space feels both modern and traditional, with Japanese art pieces setting the mood.
What sets them apart is the pristine taste of their broths, especially the acclaimed clam ramen shio.
Dive into their Signature Clam Mild Shio or Intense Shio Ramen; every element, from the soup base to noodles, is spot on.
Equally impressive is their Smoky Black Tonkotsu Ramen, creamy yet not that salty soup with a hint of smoke charcoal flavour due to the juicy and firm smoked tomatoes.
What to order: Signature Clam Mild Shoyu Ramen, Signature Clam Intense Shoyu Ramen, Smokey Black Tonkotsu Ramen, Braised Pork Belly
5051 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 5P2, Willowdale
Take a rest from the usual pork bone-based soup ramen and head to Ikkousha Ramen Chicken for some chicken-based delight.
With an inviting ambiance, the sign outside the shop and the toppings on the table will remind you of the ramen shops in Japan. Since the seats are limited, my best advice is to sit at the bar so you can get seated quickly.
Remember, it’s the spot right next to their pork-focused counterpart. With a menu highlighting chicken in every dish and some tasty sides like karaage and takoyaki, it’s a refreshing change.
The Tori Paitan Ramen is a crowd-pleaser featuring silky chicken broth with tender chicken cha-shu. Trust me, the chicken’s fragrance is enough to make you drool!
If you want to get spicier ramen, consider getting the God Fire filled with heaps of flavour and spice.
You can choose the spicy level from 1 to 4. I recommend level 2 as it has a nice amount of heat without overpowering the overall taste of the ramen.
Craving for traditional ramen? You can get one at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka. They offer traditional ramen flavours across its Dundas Street and Eglinton and Yonge locations.
The space is illuminated and comfortable, promising a fantastic time. It can get busy sometimes but don’t worry – their service is quick and accommodating, and trust me when I say that their ramen is worth the wait!
Their dishes are a testament to purity, minimizing salt and additives. My personal favourites are Shio Ramen and Kara Miso Ramen.
The Shio Ramen is a white tonkotsu soup that boasts a creamy richness.
While the Kara Miso Ramen is another tempting bowl that brings a spicy zing to your taste buds.
Don’t forget to pair your ramen with the Toroniku pork jowl and octopus-rich Takoyaki for a complete feast!
What to order: Shio Ramen, Kara Miso Ramen, Toroniku, Takoyaki
91 Dundas Street E, Toronto, ON M2B 2C8, Ryerson, Downtown Core
Toronto’s ramen revolution owes much to KINTON RAMEN, an establishment that’s been serving since 2012.
The Executive Chef, Aki Urata, drew inspiration from the ramen culture in Japan and aimed to replicate that experience in Toronto, thus resulting in this crowd-pleasing ramen chain expanding in numerous locations in the city.
The restaurant has an intimate vibe, allowing diners a front-row seat to the chefs’ performance.
Offering varied bases like pork, chicken, and vegetarian, Kinton Ramen got your back when it comes to ramen cravings!
You may want to get the Pork Spicy Garlic. Intense and fiery, the spiciness leaves a taste that lingers on the palate.
The Pork Shoyu, with its savoury broth and noodle consistency choices, is another star.
And if you’re looking for a side, the crispy Original Karaage or its spicier sibling, the Hot Karaage are the perfect accompaniments in my experience!
What to order: Pork Spicy Garlic, Pork Shoyu, Original Karaage, Hot Karaage
This branch of Ikkousha Ramen is dedicated to the authentic Hakata ramen tradition, often characterised by its pork-bone broth.
The interior captures the spirit of Japan’s classic ramen establishments, complete with a lively, welcoming vibe. My best advice is to avoid peak hours and skip the wait.
Their culinary team emphasises genuine Hakata craftsmanship in each bowl. The menu offers a choice among four tonkotsu ramen options, two special combos, a vegetarian selection, and a range of sides, rice bowls, and beverages.
My personal favourites are the Signature Tonkotsu and the fiery God Fire ramen. Both are rich and comforting, especially when you select noodles with a texture to your liking.
As a perfect accompaniment, their Karaage chicken is moist inside and crisp on the outside.
What to order: Signature Tonkotsu, God Fire, Karaage
Hidden in plain sight between Wellesley and Yonge, Ramen RAIJIN offers a wide range of authentic Japanese ramen. The interior, adorned with oversized chopstick art, generates a casual, yet intimate, ambiance.
With an expansive menu that includes various styles like Tonkotsu and Shoyu, there’s also a selection for vegan patrons.
Their Vegan Spicy Miso Ramen is surprisingly creamy, making it a delicious option for anyone, not just those on a plant-based diet.
The Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen is another standout, offering just the right amount of heat and perfectly springy noodles.
The best part? RAIJIN offers frozen ramen to recreate that authentic Japanese flavour at home. Remember to grab some before you leave!
What to order: Vegan Spicy Miso Ramen, Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen, Yuzu Shio Ramen
Address: 24 Wellesley Street W, Toronto, ON M4Y 2X6
All Noms Magazine’s “best” lists are created using multiple factors and signals to help readers find the best restaurants, things to do, and places to stay at. Some of these factors and signs include personal experiences, correspondence with locals, and compiling experiences from review sites.
Each list is also created to be balanced (in terms of price, cuisine type, ambiance, and more) as possible. This means that the lists are not specifically created in ranking order. You should be comfortable picking from any of the spots on the list and generally have a good time. But of course, YMMV (your mileage may vary) and everyone may have different experiences/palates.