We’ve come a long way since those dorm room nights spent slurping bowls of instant noodles. As much as we live for packaged ramen every once in a while, there is nothing quite like the taste of a fresh, homemade bowl of this staple Japanese comfort food. This seaside city has put its own local spin on it, with ramen chock full of shrimp, scallops and squid or totally out-there concoctions, like crispy fried chicken curry. And so, we present the best ramen restaurants in Halifax. If you want to satisfy your noodle cravings across the country, click here.
Find it: 6214 Quinpool Rd., @trulytasty
The atmosphere: Sometimes the best eateries are the ones that go undiscovered by the majority of a city. This under-the-radar gem serves up creative ramen dishes and delish dumplings on the cheap for budget-conscious students and couples looking for a low-key date night.
Average cost: $7.50 to $9.50 (small); $6.50 to $13 (regular)
What to order: The Crispy Fried Chicken Curry Ramen, with a rich curry broth and melt-in-your-mouth fried chicken—a combination we never knew we needed, until now
Water & Bone
Find it: 5687 Charles St., waterandbone.ca
The atmosphere: With its sleek Japanese-inspired wooden seating, intimate vibe and sweet little patio decorated with twinkly fairy lights in the warmer months, this noodle bar newcomer (it opened in 2017) is the perf place to warm up with local Asian comfort food.
Average cost: $9 to $11 (small); $14.50 to $15.75 (large)
What to order: The Coconut Curry Ramen, with shredded leeks, toasted spiced walnuts, lime, fried ginger and green onion for a light and refreshing option that doesn’t skimp on flavour
Tako Sushi and Ramen
Find it: 480 Parkland Dr., takosushiramen.ca
The atmosphere: Between the bright red lanterns hanging from the ceiling, traditional Japanese prints on the walls and array of drool-worthy sashimi, sushi and ramen covering the tables, there are good reasons this inviting spot is a fave among locals craving some authentic Japanese cuisine.
Average cost: $12 to $17
What to order: The Seafood Ramen, with fresh scallops, squid and shrimp, topped with a cracked egg—because when you’re dining in a seaside city, seafood is always a good option