Ramen Isshin // Episode 3 Must Eat (Toronto)

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Welcome to the 3rd episode of my weekly Food Posts #GetaweiFood and #GetaweiFoodTO (follow this hashtag on Instagram, y’all). To understand what this is, check out my first blog post here that explains a little more about these series. Also don’t forget to check out the last post which was a fantastic brunch spot called Baddies!

Remember that these food posts will occur every Monday at 9pm EST! Turn on notifications on my Instagram to keep posted.

Anyway, getting to this week’s post… I’m introducing to you

THE. BEST. RAMEN. IN. TORONTO.

(my opinion of course haha there might be better ones according to other people but… are you reading their blog? Yeah didn’t think so. #SassyMondays)

Anywho…

This week’s special guest is my absolute favourite ramen spot in all of Toronto. I’ve been to so many ramen places including the top ones like Momofuku,Kinton, Sansotei, etc, but this restaurant I’m about to introduce you guys is BY FAR the winner in my eyes for the best ramen. Don’t believe me? This is also the only ramen place that has ever been able to surpass a 4.5 rating (currently sitting at 4.7) on Google with close to 800 reviews!!!!!!

Introducing… (not really but just broadcasting the message here)… RAMEN ISSHIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Before I continue, I would like to say a special thanks to my amazing friend Lisha Fan for showing me this restaurant and taking me there first :’). I didn’t even take snaps/pictures my first time because it was just so damn good I scarfed it down.

WHY YOU SHOULD LOVE IT:

  • Their noodles are absolutely unreal and it’s nothing like the other places I’ve tried
  • The soup base is also Roll-Your-Eyes-Back amazing
  • Their vegetarian options are BOMB. If you’re a vegetarian and you’ve been sad that you haven’t been able to try out ramen… do not fear. This is the best place you will ever find for vegetarian ramen!
  • The staff here is also very attentive and friendly. The service is great!

ESSENTIAL DETAILS

  • Downtown Toronto – Bathurst & College
  • Exact Address = 421 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1T1 (again, I don’t know why you would want to have the postal code but here it is)
  • NO RESERVATIONS ANYTIME
  • Wait time is typically around 15-30 minutes depending on:
    • Your party size
    • If you’re willing to sit on the counter / bar, if you’re willing to share a table, or if you only want actual seats
  • But not to worry, you can wait indoors since it’s like -234873958 degrees right now #Toronto

WHAT I’VE TRIED

***Disclaimer: these are my personal favourites and suggestions

So before I give you a point-form version that we all love to see, I just want to say that I’ve been here 3 times. In total, I’ve tried 5 different dishes. To me, there was a clear winner and what really set this place apart from other ramen places was their Kotteri Shoyu Ramen (I’ve attached pictures of their menu below). Everything about that dish was amazing – the noodles & the broth as well as the toppings that are included.

This is the Kotteri Shoyu Ramen!!! SOOOO GOOD YOU GUYS I CAN’T EVEN A;SLKDFJ;ALSKDFJKJA;LSKDFJ;ALSKDFJ;ALKDSJF;

 

The other items I’ve tried on the menu were also good but I wouldn’t say that they were my favourite and those dishes didn’t make this restaurant stand out to me as much as the Shoyu Ramen.

RAMENS I’VE TRIED:

  1. Kotteri Shoyu Ramen – YOU HAVE TO GET THIS
  2. Spicy Miso Ramen
  3. Black Tan Tan Noodle
  4. Shoyu Tsuk’emen.

In depth review:

1// Kotteri Shoyu Ramen 

Don’t know how many more times I can say this except for the fact that this is literally the best thing I’ve ever had in my life. It’s literally my go-to ramen when I come here. The toppings are great, the soup base is amazing – not to salty but really flavourful, and the noodles are like no other ramen places (in a very good way!)

2// Spicy Miso Ramen

This was the most suggested item from the restaurant itself. Don’t get me wrong it’s still good but it’s not as great as the other one in my opinion!! I got Lucas to try this one and the Kotteri Shoyu Ramen and he definitely agrees that the Kotteri is what makes this restaurant special whereas this one was pretty average. However, definitely give this a try if you really like miso base or if you’re craving spicy.

3// Black Tan Tan Noodle

This dish was interesting because you were able to grind the black sesame seeds and pour it into the soup base yourself. However, what I didn’t like about this dish was that it was pricier than the classic ramens ($13.80 rather than $11 something) and it didn’t include as many toppings – it didn’t have egg, seaweed, etc #WhatIsUpWithThatCmonMan. The soup base for me was also a little to salty for my liking so when I got this to try I immediately regretted not getting the one I usually get RIP 😥 #DramaQueenHour.

4// Shoyu Tsuk’emen

This is their “dip ramen”. Basically the soup on the left is not only SUPER HOT but there is only very little quantity of it. The idea is that you eat the ramen by dipping into the soup rather than eating it together. The noodles here are thicker and much chewier than your classic ramen-in-soup. I got this really to try it out but I didn’t actually like it too much because I’m more into eating the noodles and drinking the soup at the same time. Also, just like the Black Tan Tan Noodles, this dish was also on the saltier side which I didn’t like. AND the noodles were on the colder side since it’s not in the soup itself so overall the dish was kind of cold. I would recommend trying this more for the experience or if you really like dip ramen but overall this was not a favourite of mine.


I’ve also tried their vegetarian ramen (just a few bites from Lisha!) and I can honestly say that the soup base was just as good despite the fact that it’s not from actual meat! If you are a vegetarian, definitely give this place a try.

OTHER:

  1. Chicken Karaage
  2. Cold Peach Jelly Sake

In depth review:

1// Chicken Karaage

Karaage (Japanese fried chicken) is always good no matter where you go and this place is no exception. This appetizer didn’t particularly stand out amongst other restaurants but regardless, good Karaage overall.

2// Cold Peach Jelly Sake

This item was pretty pricey ($9) for a small can but it was DELICIOUS. Also it was a really cool thing to try because the drink comes out in Jelly form!

Karaage
Black Tan Tan Noodle.
Shoyu Tsuk’emen.

I hope you liked this episode of Must Eat in Toronto! Talk to you all next week!! ❤

Love,
Lisa

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Jabistro

Finally got a chance to go to Jabistro (aka the “best sushi in town”) with Janet, Tony, Victor, and Hysan 😀

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their menu’s also made on some really fancy paper
We started the dinner by ordering their lobster miso soup. I highly recommend this if this is your first time going (if not, order more of their sushi rolls!!!). There’s already a bit of lobster flavouring in the soup but I would also add a bit of the lobster meat inside.

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miso soup with lobster broth

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lobster for the miso soup
Here were some of the other things we ordered:

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ebi nanban (battered tiger shrimp with tartar sauce)

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aburicious (2 ebi, 2 saba, 2 salmon, 2 JaBistroll)
Our entire group really liked the 3rd roll (counting from the left), followed by the second one. The first roll has a little bit of jalapeño on top – and if you know me, I like my spicy stuff so this was definitely a plus 😀

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sashmi platter

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hokkaido salad (snow crab, inure, herb salted salmon)
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Tony: “I’ll have the less girly drink”  *steals my drink from me* #EveryTime

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nama (classic nigiri 7 pieces)
If you’re sharing this with friends, call dibs on the fatty tuna and the scallop 😉

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their high quality paper towels from the washroom ft. Hysan’s hand (we took a sample LOL)
We went to the movies after dinner and the theatre didn’t have paper towels in the washroom. This is why we should’ve taken like 3 samples.

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me and Tony made this plate ;). It’s the onions from the salad LOL. So if you’re looking for any food stylists, me and Tony are available for hire 😉
Since it was the first time for most of us, I thought that everything we ordered gave us a really good taste of the overall menu. If it’s your first time and you’re unsure of what to order, definitely give these a try! I also recommend going with more than one or two people because this way you can try more things without getting full faster and it also helps with the cost :).

If you’re going with less people and you want to order less, I would definitely recommend the rolls, the nigiri (both of these you have to order #NotToBeBossy #ButListenToMeBecauseImRight), the miso soup (if this is your first time), and the tiger shrimps. I wouldn’t worry too much about the salad just because you only have one stomach and you gotta prioritize what you eat #WiseWordsOfTheDay. The sauce on the salad was pretty good but other than that, a salad is a salad #TheresOnlySoMuchYouCanDo. Personally, I’m a huge fan of sashimi but I wouldn’t put the sashimi platter on my “must-order” list because I know that most people aren’t very big fans of sashimi (what is wrong with you btw), and more importantly, even if they are huge fans, not everyone is a fan of every type of fish (trying to think of the overall group utility #ImSoNice #Econ101).

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Even though we were all stuffed, I’m glad we still decided to buy popcorn with extra, extra, butter at the theatres #THANKSGUYS #LOVEYOU. We watched the Avengers and since I was itis-ing (I would use “food coma” like a true Vancouverite, but since I’m an Ontarioian now with my Roots sweatpants, I’ll stick to my Ontario slang ;D) so hard, I almost passed out during the movie.

If you’re in TO definitely try this place out!!! #ItsForYourOwnGood

Love,
Lisa