On a trip to Toronto, ON, my companion and I had been starving for some authentic Japanese ramen. You know, the real stuff! Not those MSG-filled instant noodle packages you buy at the local grocery store. Ramen, a popular meal, is a Japanese wheat noodle dish served in usually a meat or fish flavored broth. After doing a bit of research, we decided to head to the core of Toronto's Downtown district to a place called Sansotei Ramen. Located at 179 Dundas Street West, Sansotei is in an easy and accessible location where you can also get all your shopping done.
|Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen|
I'd have to say after tasting my companion's tonkotsu flavored ramen, I much rather preferred that over the Shoyu. The broth had a much stronger pork flavor with a milky, creamy texture. The noodles were relatively the same consistency. Although the bowl of ramen looked relatively small for our large appetites, we were surprisingly full at the end of our meal.
Overall, the service at Sansotei was above average as the servers were pleasant and very quick. Once seated, food came out very fast and lunch in general took about 1 hour. And if you're looking for a quick ramen fix, I would definitely recommend Sansotei as one of the places to try! I was however, disappointed in the fact that this restuarant charged $2.00 for green tea, whereas at many other places, it is usually free of charge and that my broth was underwhelming. But if going to Sansotei Ramen with a large group (5+), be prepared to wait; this restaurant is not well equipped to handle a massive quantity of people. I will say this though: if you are looking for a bowl of ramen, perfect for a cold winter day in Toronto, this place is one of the better ones; but be warned, it might mean braving the harsh outside... at least a little while...