During those harsh Quebec winters, there are only a few reasons we’ll leave the heated comfort of our home, and one of them is to get some ramen. That’s right. We will face the cruel elements (read: snow, sleet and frosty temps) just to slurp on a steaming bowl of this scrumptious Japanese dish. The warm broth will soothe your frosty fingers and make you toasty from head to toe, so venture out and hit up the best ramen restaurants in Montreal. And if you want to taste test the best ramen from Vancouver to St. John’s, click here.
Yokato Yokabai Ramen
Find it: 4185 Rue Drolet, yoka.ca
The atmosphere: Yokato Yokabai, which means “it’s great” in Japanese, is the kind of place where the name truly says it all. The house specialty is tonkotsu ramen with a rich pork bone broth from the Hakata region of Japan. With white lantern lighting, beautiful screens with Japanese writing and a rustic-chic wooden bar, the petite dining room offers a chill backdrop for getting your ramen fix.
Average cost: $14 to $15
What to order: The Tonkotsu Pork Ramen, a classic dish you can’t go wrong with. The creamy broth, tender slices of pork, egg and green onions make this ramen the perf introduction for first-timers.
Find it: 5207 St Laurent Blvd., tsukuyomi.ca
The atmosphere: It’s all about ramen at this modern Mile-End restaurant that opened in summer 2017. With its fast service, use of local ingredients and authentic house-made noodles, Tsukuyomi has quickly become a go-to spot. You can easily swing by for a quick lunch on the go or stay a while and savour your steaming soup.
Average cost: $13
What to order: The Veggie Tonkotsu Ramen, with pork bone broth, tofu, veggies, spinach, nori and an egg. Bonus: The resto has a vegan version of this delish concoction that’s made with veggie broth.
Find it: 5329 St Laurent Blvd., thazardmtl.com
The atmosphere: If you’re wondering where the coolest local foodies dine on a Saturday night, look no further than this trendy Japanese-fusion restaurant. Sip an innovative cocktail along the sleek yellow back-lit bar or share a bowl of scrumptious ramen with your SO at one of the intimate square tables.
Average cost: $12
What to order: The Thazard Ramen, with a pork and soy sauce broth, roasted pork, bean sprouts, bonito, nori, green onions, corn, coriander, sesame seeds and an egg
Find it: 4274 St Laurent Blvd., ramen-ya.ca
The atmosphere: Featuring colourful Japanese prints lining the walls, a wraparound wooden counter and a spacious multi-room dining area, this inviting restaurant has an expansive menu of tartars, teriyaki, dumplings and, of course, ramen. No matter what you’re craving, Ramen-Ya has you covered.
Average cost: $12.50 to $15
What to order: The Yasai Ramen, if you’re looking to get your veggie fix—it’s stuffed with mushrooms, cucumbers, green onions, tofu and more
Schlouppe Bistrot Nakamichi
Find it: 2159 Mackay St., @SchlouppeBistrotNakamichi
The atmosphere: This cozy little eatery is bringing all of our minimalist dreams to life. The delicate balance of steel-grey walls, mixed wood and plenty of natural lighting puts the focus on the steaming, heaping bowls of authentic ramen.
Average cost: $11 (small), $13 (large)
What to order: The “La La La” Tan Tan Men Ramen is a colourful concoction of creamy chicken broth, miso paste, and chili and coriander oil, topped with bok choy, sesame seeds, ground pork and chilies.