5 Places in Canada To Get a Bowl of Ramen on a Cold Day

Written by Vivian Chung
A creamy broth, a perfectly soft-boiled egg with a custardy yolk, and bouncy fresh wheat noodles are just a few of the factors that make a bowl of ramen memorable. This Japanese classic serves as comfort food as we enter the dreary winter season, and here’s where you can grab an authentic bowl.
Marutama (Vancouver, BC)

Marutama sees regular queues out the door, and most locals come here to enjoy a bowl of their signature tamago ramen, which consists of a bundle of thin noodles in a light but flavourful chicken broth.

It’s topped with slices of soy-braised chashu, Japanese seaweed, and a soft-boiled egg with a perfectly runny yolk.

This popular chain enjoys three locations in Vancouver, plus a number of others in Asia and Australia.

Address: 270 Robson St, Vancouver, BC + 2 locations. @marutama_canada

Ramen Isshin (Toronto, ON)

With three locations in the city, Ramen Isshin brings authentic ramen to Toronto. They offer an extensive menu with a selection of red miso, vegetarian, shio, and shoyu ramen bowls, as well as rice bowls. Vegetarians have a large selection to choose from, and vegans can substitute their meal with kale and rice noodles.

Try their signature spicy red miso ramen, which gets its kick from the house-made chilli oil, and depth of flavour from its wok-fried pork and red miso blend.

Address: 609 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON + 2 locations. @ramenisshin

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Kazoku (Edmonton, AB)

Kazoku is a family-run establishment that prides itself in serving piping hot bowls of ramen made from quality local ingredients. The heavy favourite at this casual neighbourhood joint is the tonkotsu black garlic, which is topped with tender and juicy chashu, half a soft-boiled egg, bamboo shoots, black fungus, green onions, and fried onions for some crunch.

If broth isn’t for you, then Kazouku also offers a series of dry ramen bowls.

Address: 16518 100 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB. @kazoku_yeg

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GaiJin Izakaya (Winnipeg, MB)

Coming from the same family as popular Japanese eateries Yujiro and Saburo, GaiJin Izakaya grounds their creations in traditional Japanese flavours with a bit of flair from surrounding Asian countries.

Their buta kimchi ramen features a spicy kimchi broth, and their tan tan ramen highlights a rich peanut sesame base. Hungry diners are invited to pair their ramen bowls with fresh sushi rolls and sushi sandwiches.

Address: 12-1575 Regent Ave W, Winnipeg, MB. @gaijinizakaya

Tsukuyomi (Montréal, QC)

Now enjoying two locations in the city — one in the Mile End and one in downtown, Tsukuyomi specializes in the classic tonkotsu, or pork-based ramen. Their menu consists of six tonkotsu options with various fixings, like braised pork, braised chicken, and tofu.

There are a couple of vegan options as well, in which their delicate noodles are garnished with a fresh blend of tofu, shiitake mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes in a vegan broth.

Treat yourself to a sweet slice of matcha or mango cheesecake for dessert.

Address:5207 St Laurent Blvd, Montréal, QC (Mile End) & 1242 Rue Bishop, Montréal, QC (Downtown). @tsukuyomi_ramen