Discover Montreal’s best ramen restaurants

Ramen restaurants are popping up all over Montreal, but for those less versed in this Japanese specialty, choosing the right spot can be a daunting task. There is a difference between tonkotsu, shoyu and miso broths, as well as the ramen noodles and accompanying meat. The trifecta of ramen is broth-noodles-meat; and we’ve strictly evaluated all these restaurants, highlighting their strengths.[photo: iStock]

Yokato Yokabai

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4185 rue Drolet, Montréal, QC H2W 2L5

Our favourite authentic tonkotsu ramen restaurant in Montreal is Yokato Yokabai. Everything is made in-house, including the ramen noodles. Making a tonkotsu broth is not easy: pork bones are broken to expose the marrow and simmered for 12 hours to thicken the broth without starch. At Yokato Yokabai we always choose the kara-miso broth, which is the tonkotsu broth but spicier, with green onions, nori and that perfect soft-boiled egg!

Kinton Ramen

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1211 rue Bishop, Montréal, QC H3G 2E2

Kinton Ramen’s stock is made by simmering chicken and pork bones for more than six hours and adding quality bonito fish and fresh vegetables to create a savory umami flavour. The pork simmers with the soup, but it’s then marinated with sea salt and a soy sauce mix, and then torched for caramelization. You can choose between original, miso, shoyu and spicy broths, and a bunch of ingredients to toss into your soup. Kinton Ramen offers both pork and chicken ramen, and they even have a vegetarian option!

GaNaDaRa

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1862 boul de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3H 1J8

In Korea, Japanese ramen is known as ramyun, but it’s spicier, and made with beef instead of pork. GaNaDaRa offers their ramyun with a Kraft single partially melted on top from the heat of the broth – it’s a thing in Korea! They even serve their soup with a raw egg that cooks slightly in the hot broth. GaNaDaRa has different types of ramyun but we loved their kimchi ramyun, made with fermented cabbage, and their ramyun with barbecued beef stew.

Ramen Plaza

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6553 rue Saint-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2M5

Tonkotsu broth highlights the pork (and pork bones), which are boiled for hours, and at Ramen Plaza they boil their pork broth for 18 hours. The reason that the pork broth (including trotters and plenty of fat) is boiled for so long is to break down the fat, bone marrow, etc., to create that creamy liquid. We choose a soup topped with the usual ramen-style pork, pulled pork, pickled red onions, half an egg and spicy miso ball. They always serve ramen but they change their menu often, depending on the week.

Restaurant Imadake

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4006, rue Sainte-Catherine O, Westmount, QC H3Z 1P2

Imadake is the home of sake bombs, Japanese izakaya delicacies, and ramen. It’s the perfect spot to not only eat dinner, but also continue your night and getting a little wild. They have traditional pork belly ramen, that you can enjoy in their original or miso broth. However, our favourite is their rare steak ramen, the red beef is cooked ever so slightly from the heat of the broth. Since you’re at Imadake, enjoy your bowl of ramen with their takoyaki (octopus balls) and their okonomiyaki (seafood pancake).

Restaurant Kazu

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1862 rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M1

Kazu is tricky – they only serve ramen at lunch, and they’re a tiny restaurant that doesn’t take reservations, and always has a long line of people (come rain, shine or freezing weather) waiting to get a table. They serve shoyu ramen with sliced BBQ pork (shoyu ramen means that soy sauce is added to the ramen broth). Don’t fool yourself into thinking that all soy sauces are the same, ramen chefs pride themselves on their choice of soy sauce. And while you’re at Kazu, don’t stop at ramen, try their tuna salmon salad rice bowl, their pork cheeks, and their shrimp burger.

Ramen Misoya

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2065A rue Bishop, Montréal, QC H3G 2E8

This little hole in the wall is a popular student hangout near Concordia and McGill. Ramen Misoya has the usual varieties of ramen, but with a few treats. Try their komemiso ramen that includes potato wedges for something different. Their spicy ramen is actually spicy, so it’s not for the faint of heart, and they have plenty of vegetarian options for those so inclined. Our favourite treat is adding karaage (Japanese deep-fried chicken) to their ramen!

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