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

Fourth of July

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR NEIGHBOURS THE ‘MERICAS!!! #ImSoNeighbourly

I was in a rude awakening today when Vancouver reminded me of just how bipolar it can be. I haven’t had bipolar weather in awhile just because living in Ontario during the winter months, I know my #OOTD everyday includes a winter parka and snow boots. In Taiwan, I know that even being naked will not help with the heat so I try to dress as little as humanly possible in the most socially acceptable manner. But Vancouver?! MY FRIEND, LET ME TELL YOU, NO CLOTHES WILL PREPARE YOU UNLESS YOU CARRY A DAY PACK. Listen. In the morning you wake up to beautiful sunshine with the sun rays glistening on your skin. You assume it’s going to be beautiful weather so you walk out with a nice sun dress and sunglasses. But then BAM. In the afternoon it’s pouring rain and the temperature drops 10 degrees. I thought only girls get PMS, I didn’t think Mother Nature itself had it too #GuessIWasWrong.

pretty much

Continue reading Fourth of July

Food, Booze, and Bras

You might be wondering why the title of this post is called Food, Booze, and Bras. Or you might not. If you weren’t, are you now? #WasThatNecessary #WasteOfWords

This post is really about my recent trip to Toronnntooo, baby. My friend Kristina helped me think of this title just because the highlight of my visit revolved around food, booze, and bras. Also,  this title makes me sound extremely scandalous so that’s always a plus.

spent the last few days with this girlie <3
spent the last few days with this girlie ❤

FOOD

Kristina and I had food coma  itis (trying to be an Ontarioian) the last couple of days. I felt like my mouth travelled the world because we ate foods from all different cultures #YouKnowURECanadianWhen. Instead of talking about it, I thought I’d show you pictures instead. This is revenge for all you Vancouvrites who continue to send me snapchats of food:

My favourite was the Kimchi Fries from Banh Mi Boys – check out Victor’s review here and his review on Santouka here.

Since Kristina doesn’t usually eat that much (or at all for that matter…) I basically fed her to the point of hibernation and she won’t be needing food for the next couple of months #UREWelcomeGirl ❤

BOOZE

On Wednesday night, Kristina wanted to show me one of the UofT hotspots – Maddy. Her exact words: “It’s always super packed and there’s always a line-up”. But when we got there… not a single soul was found #Awkward #DontTrustHer #JK #LoveHer. Since the Maddy was playing hard to want on Wednesday, we returned on Thursday night with my roommate from last year, Jill. This time, there actually was a big line-up #ITrustYouAgainKristina – to the point where we thought we might’ve not gotten in. But let’s be real, when you’re out with me or Kristina (especially both), we. are. getting. inside. #IDontGoOutForNothing

BRAS

What this title really means is shopping. But since me and Kristina’s most favourite purchase these couple of days were bras, we thought it would be extremely fitting #GetIt #ImSoFunny #OrPunny. Speaking of bras, I wrote a separate post on where we got our miracle bras here (post is mainly for girls but if you’re a guy and you’re clicking it – I won’t judge you).

Spotted: Lisa & Kristina at the Subway Station #WritingAsThoughImFamous
Spotted: Lisa & Kristina at the Subway Station #WritingAsThoughImFamous

Besides a couple of little items I got from Forever 21 (fun fact – Did you know I used to work there and hated my life? Yep), my most favourite item is probably a pair of boots from Steve Maddens. Which… I won’t post a picture of because I don’t like my feet but just imagine a pair of reeeaaally nice feet inside a pair of reeeaaally nice boots. That’s me.

Instagram: @getawei Photo Cred: Victor Zhang
Instagram: @getawei
Photo Cred: Victor Zhang

Oh yeah, I finally got a beanie!! Victor really inspired me to get one after my make-over.

ARMIN      …      …

Armin was like, so amazing, I can’t even.

 

#JK #DIDNTFRIGGINGO

Allow me to explain. First, this is exactly why “Armin” was not part of the main title. Second, me and Shay really wanted to go, but then there’s also Armin Vancouver and there was a sale at Steve Madden so… #FirstWorldProblems

we like trees

Instead, we walked by the biggest line of our lives (jk, the Aritiza Warehouse Sale line is bigger), and just watched the people that are about to see Armin #CloseEnough. We even got a picture in front of Metro Convention Centre #SoCloseButYetSoFar.

We were technically there... so we WERE at Armin. I didn't lie.
We were technically there… so we WERE at Armin. I didn’t lie.

More importantly, thanks to my lack-of-Armin-going #MakesNoSense, I had the opportunity to visit the CN tower for the first time in my life with my date, Kristina.

CN Tower.. finally!!!
CN Tower.. finally!!!

Originally, we were going to give our boyfriends the honour to take us, but after much thought, we realized that if we waited for us to get a boyfriend, we might as well never see the CN tower. Instead, we went on a double date with Victor and Shay #CloseEnough.

 

our turn to creep them
our turn to creep them
Double Dates #MeAndKristinaAreCuter #SorryNotSorry #InsideJoke #RightGuys #PlsGetIt
Double Dates #MeAndKristinaAreCuter #SorryNotSorry #InsideJoke #RightGuys #PlsGetIt

That was basically my whole trip! Sadly, I still have 3 exams coming up so… you probably won’t hear from me in awhile #PretendToBeSad.

Love,
Lisa

 

 

A Day In TO

I ended up spending a day outside of London – courtesy to my new roommate Chris! Thanks bud! ❤

Valentine’s Day only exists for people to buy cheap chocolate the next day #anditexistsforcouples #butthatsnotimportant #lookhowmuchwassold
Ramen's a must-have when you're in TO
Ramen’s a must-have when you’re in TO
My beautiful bestie! Flew all the way to toronto from Vancouver
My beautiful bestie! Flew all the way to toronto from Vancouver

 

happy camper
happy camper
got a chance to catch up with Daniel! :)
got a chance to catch up with Daniel! 🙂

Haul:

Usually I splurge when I’m in Toronto, but considering I already purchased 2 Kate Spade bracelets last time, I thought I would tone it down a little.

I ended up getting 3 things from Hollister. They’re doing a 60% additional off their clearance (… buy now!!!)

Here are 2 of the 3 items I got

to12 to10

There goes my trip!! 🙂 And now I’m back in boring, cold, London. Speaking of London, I’m extremely hungry right now so…. til next time! (I don’t know how London relates to food at all but I just needed to say something to end this post. And now I’m rambling. Why is nobody stopping me)

Love,
Lisa