Kenzo Ramen Japanese Noodles
6180 Yonge St (south of steeles, west side of yonge)
Open everyday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
with streams of recommendations for ramen on chowhound, we decided to try out the concensus "most-authentic-but-not-as-good-as-japan" ramen place in toronto, Kenzo Ramen ..
Kenzo is located in koreatown-north, just south of steeles, inside a plaza across from the Mazda dealership ..
inside Kenzo, there are two seating areas .. the tables & pseudo-booths, and the ramen bar in the back .. reminiscent of the ramen bars i've seen in Tampopo ..
the walls are posterized with lunch specials & a helpful "beginner's guide to ramen" ..
the lunch combo was a basic ramen with 4 pieces of Gyoza (lunch combo $9.95) .. served with ponzu sauce, the gyozas were fair .. for my tastes, the fillings needed more flavour ..
fi ordered the Miso Ramen ($5.95 by itself) with her lunch combo .. the ramen is served with deliciously tender grilled chasiu pork, beansprouts, pickled root & green onions .. the broth was miso-based, not to be confused with miso soup .. the flavour was very nice, not too salty ..
the King of Kings Ramen ($8.95) uses a spicy broth, catering more to their local clientele .. topped with that same melt-in-your-mouth chasiu, fishcake slices, seaweed, nori, bean sprouts, green onions & seasoned ground pork, this bowl is loaded .. i really like the broth -- there's a deep spiciness without impacting the flavour of soup or anything else ..
the Netsu Ramen ($7.95) is a no-frills version of the King of Kings Ramen, though the broth had less flavour and less spice .. topped with bean sprouts, green onions & seasoned ground pork, i can't find myself recommending this when the King of Kings is a mere dollar more ..