There is no denying that ramen has taken the Six by storm. There are over 11 different spots that make up the best ramen restaurants in Toronto, so no matter what ’hood you live in, you’ll be able to get your noodle fix. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this feel-good Japanese dish, from spicy chili-infused broths to bowls chock full of black sesame seeds to dipping-style versions of this staple meal. Not in Toronto and craving ramen? No prob. Click here to see our fave spots in major cities across Canada.
Find it: 24 Wellesley St. W., zakkushi.com
The atmosphere: This expansive Japanese restaurant has the coolest decor, from artistic wooden beams on the ceiling (meant to symbolize a thunderstorm) to rich red leather chairs to intricately carved figurines. Despite the chic interior, the ramen is truly what takes centre stage.
Average cost: $13 to $17.50
What to order: The Tsukemen Ramen, if you’re looking for something a little different than the traditionalbdish. This fish and soy sauce–based soup is served dipping style, which means the sliced pork, egg and other toppings are on the side.
Find it: 402 Queen St. W.; 51 Baldwin St.; 396 Church St.; 668 Bloor St. W.; 90 Eglinton Ave. E., #108; 5165 Yonge St.; kintonramen.com
The atmosphere: With six locations dotted around T.O., this OG joint is no doubt a fave among Torontonians who know a thing or two about ramen. Step inside and you’ll be greeted with intricate wooden walls, chic stools and the smell of bubbling broth.
Average cost: $12 to $15
What to order: The Chicken Spicy Jalapeño Ramen, with jalapeño paste, sliced chicken breast, white onion, nori and green onions
Find it: 421 College St.; Assembly Chef’s Hall (111 Richmond St. W.); ramenisshin.com
The atmosphere: With monochromatic Japanese-inspired murals, plenty of communal seating and touches of gold, black and silver, this contemporary ramen restaurant’s interior brings the wow factor along with its out-of-this-world soup. Plus, the resto’s name means “one heart, one ramen,” which just goes to show how comfort food can bring all of your fave people together.
Average cost: $12 to $16.50
What to order: The Black Sesame Tan Tan Noodle Ramen, a customer favourite and signature dish. The ramen comes with a house-made black sesame blend, wok-fried pork, spicy chives, bok choi, pork belly cha shu (stewed pork), green onions and plenty of black sesame seeds. Plus, you can grind your own black sesame seeds on top if you want even more.
Find it: 5051 Yonge St., konjikiramen.com
The atmosphere: This award-winning ramen restaurant has its roots in Tokyo, where chef and owner Atsushi Yamamoto perfected his craft. (So you know whatever ramen you order is going to be next level.) The modern resto’s close quarters and minimal seating mean it fills up fast, so come early if you and your crew want to secure a spot.
Average cost: $13 to $14
What to order: The Intense Shoyu Signature Clam Broth Ramen, with sliced marinated pork, black truffle sauce, green onions, braised bamboo shoots, porcini mushrooms and leeks
Ryus Noodle Bar
Find it: 786 Broadview Ave., ryusnoodlebar.com
The atmosphere: Known for one-of-a-kind ramen broth (a unique blend of chicken, beef and veggie stock) found in all 13 of its bowls, this quaint noodle bar truly has something for everyone. The new location near the Danforth offers a bright interior with exposed brick and ample seating along the bar.
Average cost: $14 to $20
What to order: The Taiwanese Ramen, with a fiery red chili broth, spicy ground chicken, bean sprouts, red chili, green onions and sesame seeds. Crank up the heat with three different levels of spice.