So I recently started a ramen club with 3 japanese friends. We sample a different restaurant each week and I ask the experts to rate the ramen from 1 to 10.
The results so far have been eye-opening to say the least.
Konnichiwa: This venerable restaurant averaged a mere 6 out of 10 with my pals. The noodles were the right texture and taste, and the quality of the meat was just right, but the broth lacked flavour and depth.
Izakaya: The broth is a variation of the japanese standard apparently. They loved the appearance of the restaurant and the quality of the vegetables and meat. 8 out of 10
Double Happiness: 599 Bloor Street West. This hidden gem of a restaurant was long known to me for their tonketsu ramen. But could it withstand the expert palate of my japanese friends? I can safely say yes, as they absolutely loved it. The broth was the closest to the japanese ideal, not the watered down version done to appease western tastes. The only downpoint is that the noodles are not quite the same as authentic japanese ramen! At $5 this was also the cheapest ramen. It scored a 9 out of 10!
They have 3 other kinds of ramen available, but I am such a fan of the tonketsu that I haven't even tried them.
It's a small, not very busy place so I am hoping that some of the other ramen lovers on this board will try it out and post their opinion as well!
We still need to try Tokyo Grill and Kenpo as well. But Double Happiness will be a tough act to follow.