Thursday, 30 May 2013

Toronto Ramen Adventure 2012/13 - Part 1

Later in the evening, after digesting that filling burger lunch, I headed out to dinner with my sister and some of her friends, and they all graciously invited me to join them for karaoke night afterward.  What better way to fill our bellies on a winter night before some karaoke than a hot bowl of ramen?
Wood carving of Raijin, or Thunder God.  Note the torso that appears to be another face.
Raijin (Japanese for "Thunder God") was one of two new ramen joints breaking into the Toronto market in 2012, further diversifying the Japanese cuisine choices there.  Run by the same owners of Vancouver's notable Motomachi Shokudo, which I had the honour of trying, it is strategically located in close proximity to both Ryerson University and the main shopping area of Yonge St., only a couple of blocks north of Yonge-Dundas Square.
One of Raijin's (and Motomachi Shokudo's) specialties, Bamboo Charcoal Dark Miso Ramen.
One of Motomachi Shokudo's, and by extension Raijin's, unique ramen dishes is the Bamboo Charcoal Dark Miso Ramen, which I took the opportunity this time to try.  Bamboo charcoal is reputed to have health benefits, including being an antioxidant, which I wouldn't mind having after the earlier lunch!  The charcoal was flavourless and odourless, and it was so fine that it had a negligible effect on the soup's texture.  The pork slices were also very tender.  Overall, a tasty dish, and a notable stopover.

Raijin was definitely comparable to its sister Motomachi Shokudo in Vancouver, and is a worthy stop in Toronto.  I, however, got to try another new addition to the ramen scene, and, without giving away my review just yet, suffice it to say that I hope Toronto's ramen scene grows further as Torontonians' appetites for global food diversifies.

Name: Raijin Ramen
Address: 3 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, ON
Cuisine: Japanese, Ramen
Price Range: $10-$20
Accessible: No

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