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: Yokato Yokabai]

Kinton Ramen

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!

Restaurant Imadake

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

1844 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

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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