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I decided to start a new stand-alone post of this new Ramen place since attempt to tag on to existing post by Notorious P.I.G somehow did not allow me to attach my array of photos?
Based on their reputation as being Tokyo's best....etc, our party of 6 braved the bone-chilling temperature and chose to arrive at 4.00pm yesterday, in the hope of avoiding a long line. Well! Were we wrong! The place was already packed and a long queue extended almost out onto the pavement! It took us over a half hour wait before being seated.
With a menu featuring limited choices and our group's relatively large number, we managed to order and try out almost every Ramen options offered ( except the vegetable choice ).
Overall, the well-timed al-dente noodle texture, the flavorful broth, the well executed Char-Siu and ' molten center ' eggs...etc were all commendable and enjoyable. As to whether the bowl, based on all these combination, is worthy and great enough to be rated as Tokyo's best or even Toronto's best. This, IMHO is up for debate.
For me, one of the obvious stand-out has to be the signature Pork/Chicken and Clam broth. Though relatively light in consistency, the balanced taste profile has good depth, complexity and is multi-dimensional. In addition to the aforementioned key ingredients, one could easily detect the welcoming and uniquely rare aroma and taste of butter and Truffle oil. The mild 'ocean flavor' and umami contribution by the clams was also fairly pronounced.
The Char-Siu pork was definitely one of the better ones in town. Perfectly cooked, slightly pink, moist and flavorful. Unfortunately, the two-three slices offering were stingy and pitifully thin.
I awarded the 'star' of my bowl to 'The Egg'. The taste, texture and that ' Molten Lava ' yolk was most impressive. The soft, pliable egg white cocoon was also interesting, offering a 'cute' textural feel.
As for the rest of our meal. The creamy Tonkotsu broth was fairly full-bodied and good, however, nothing to shout about.
The Spicy Red Tonkotsu was indeed spicy with some mysterious and hard to identify spice components. We are still scratching our head right now!
The smokey black, roasted garlic sauce Tonkotsu version was less intense than other versions offered by some of their competitors around town. Again, good but not enough to generate any wow factor.
The Fried Chicken Karage I found to be very delightful and addictively good. Crunchy and crisp with the right amount of saltiness. Interior was perfectly cooked and super juicy. Loved that hot mustard and Mayo dip that goes with the nuggets.
To complete our meal, we got a Parfait bowl of Matcha soft ice-cream, red bean paste, grass jello and Mochi ball on a buttery waffle shell from the dessert place ' Saryo ' adjacent to it. Nice and tasty combo! Whilst eating it on our way to pick up our car, it was so cold, the SOFT ice cream almost transformed to HARD ice cream! Ha!!
In conclusion, this place is indeed worthy of being placed amongst Toronto's best Ramen Houses. Quality and standard of food offering was high, albeit a bit on the pricey side. If I am in the area, it will definitely be a dining choice to consider. However, the current total package is not enough to warrant my making a special trip from up north to satisfy my future Ramen craving. To me, the near by Sensotai in Markham is good enough.
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