Does anyone have any scoop on this Ryoji place that's supposed to open at double addresses somewhere on College?
It's supposed to double as an Izakaya and Ramen shop. This could spell compromise.
BUT it could also be great: the Onna-aji seems to involve a blend of pork, fish (bonito) and vegetable broths, which sounds unique to this chain and would definitely be a first for Toronto (similar to Santouka and their pork jowl).
What I thought really set ramen in Japan apart was how every QUALITY shop had a special gimmick. The sheer variety was mind-bending. Allegedly, there were a few places in Tokyo that put peanut butter, chocolate or whisky in their broths (though I cannot verify the existence of any of these places, but they kind of sound like novelties anyway).
It should be noted that NOT EVERY place was exemplary and there were tonnes of industrial ramen joints serving up slop until the wee hours of the morning.
But with that said, I eagerly await this addition to Toronto's burgeoning little Ramen Mosaic (copyright).