Some people eat a hearty bowl of stew on the coldest of winter days, but others (like us) prefer to indulge in a steaming bowl of ramen. And the nation’s capital totally understands that aside from a Canada Goose jacket, we need ramen to survive the frigid months. From an ultra-cool eatery boasting Asian small plates to an OG noodle joint, these are the best ramen restaurants in Ottawa for the next time you’re craving a heaping bowl of this feel-good dish. Once you’ve sampled the best ramen in O-Town, click here to slurp our faves from coast to coast.
Find it: 832 Somerset St. W, 280 Elgin St., ginzarestaurant.ca
The atmosphere: Choose between the OG location or the sushi and saki bar if you’re looking for a little booze and sashimi to pair with your steaming bowl of ramen. The Somerset spot gives us maj zen vibes with wooden panelled walls and seating, while the Elgin Street locale has eye-catching pops of red, cool textured walls and an expansive cocktail list.
Average cost: $12
What to order: The Tonkotsu Miso Ramen in a pork broth with sliced pork belly, soybean paste, corn, shitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots, green onions, nori and a soft boiled egg.
Find it: 153 Bank St., sansotei.com
The atmosphere: While there are six locations around Toronto, the nation’s capital was finally blessed with its own joint in 2016. The simply decorated resto, complete with nautical ropes hanging from the ceiling, has a chic beige and blonde wood interior, perf for snapping a pic of your Insta-worthy bowl.
Average cost: $10
What to order: The Tonkotsu Black Ramen, with pork bone broth, sliced chashu (barbecue pork), black mushrooms, green onions and a soft-boiled egg, topped with roasted garlic oil, which gives the dish its distinct inky colour
Find it: 380 Elgin St., eatdatsun.com
The atmosphere: This ultra-cool eatery is known for its trendy decor (think: recycled bulb lighting and concrete walls), upscale atmosphere and Asian small plates, like steamed buns, shrimp dumplings and tuna tartar. There are always a few ramen dishes on the menu in smaller portions so you can order several mains to sample with your pals.
Average cost: $14
What to order: The Beef Ramen, with tender sliced brisket, fried scallions, sautéed greens and a poached egg in a rich broth. The innovative menu is constantly changing, so keep an eye out for new, creative takes on this staple comfort food.