Ajisen Ramen – Japanese Noodle Restaurant

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Ajisen Ramen, a Japanese noodle restaurant have been expanding their franchise all over the city and this location in China Town is their newest addition.  We had a craving for noodles while we were driving when we spotted this ramen noodle house and decided to stop in for some dinner.

Ramen: a Japanese noodle dish served with meat or fish based broth and traditionally flavored with miso or soy sauce.  The noodles are made from wheat flour, salt, water, and kansui (alkaline mineral water with salt).  Kansui makes the noodles more yellowish in colour and gives the noodles a firmer texture.

Orginating from Kyushu Japan, Ajisen Ramen is famous for its white broth, made from the slow-cooking of tender pork ribs. First opened in 1968, Ajisen Ramen now has over 300 branches worldwide

Price: $6 – $9
Address: 332 Spadina Ave, M5T 2G2
Website: www.ajisen.ca
Phone:  416-977-8080

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On the left we have the “Tum Yum” Beef Teppanyaki Ramen ($7.99) and on the right we have Pork Ramen ($7.75) both of which came piping hot.  One of the best characteristics of the ramen noodles was the flavorful soup broth that had a little bit of a spicy kick to it.  The noodles had a nice texture to them and tasted great but the portions were a bit small.

The beef in Teppanyaki Ramen was yummy, lean and tasty but the entire combination was a little bit plain besides the soup.  One complaint about this noodle bowl was the amount of bean sprouts which was a bit excessive.

The thin slices of pork in the Pork Ramen were great with a bit of a BBQ grill taste to them and was the best choice we made that night.

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The Ajisen decor was really bright and vibrant with florescent pink chairs/couches which rested against the white back drop really stood out.  On the other side of the restaurant was a huge mural of these Japanese sumo wrestlers that stretched all the way from the back of the restaurant to the front door which was pretty cool.

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Photo:  Ajisen Ramen by amorimur

Photo: Ajisen Ramen by amorimur

Photo and Comment:  Ajisen Ramen by alfred ng

Photo: Ajisen Ramen by alfred ng

A new restaurant open today in Chinatown, this one is specialize in Ramen noodles. I like their cute girl sculpture outside. I looked at their menu and find some unusual offers they have. One stood out is this dish called “deep fried chicken keen cap” another is the black sesame ice cream and it also offers “fired shrimp sushi” I guess it was the shrimp been deep fried but if it been cooked how could it called it sushi?
Basic ramen noodle dishes for lunch cost about $7.99 and with add on extra it is little more than most around here. I will go one day to investigate more.
the address is 332 Spadina Ave. near Dundas street west, Toronto

Photo & Comment:  Ajisen Ramen 02 (Premium Pork Ramen with Spicy Pork) by crazybluepanda

Photo & Comment: Ajisen Ramen 02 (Premium Pork Ramen with Spicy Pork) by crazybluepanda

The premium pork ramen comes with ample slices of pork. Usually, I wouldn’t complain about meat but it’s actual a lot of meat. I wish there was more noodles. Half way, I was already done with the noodles and was just eating the meat by itself. Needed more noodles to balance the meat.

Discussion

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  1. I’ve eaten at the North York Centre location. The broth is the best part of the dishes, although a bit salty. I agree that the portions are small for the price. I was left hungry. The apps are pricy.

    Posted by Fred | April 2, 2010, 4:45 pm
  2. The broth is great!

    Wish they’d add more noodles.

    Posted by Alice | April 7, 2010, 2:20 am
  3. The spicy pork noodles looks goooood!

    Posted by panda | April 22, 2010, 1:29 pm
  4. Considering that this is a chain restaurant, the quality of the food is ok, but I wouldn’t call it authentic Japanese ramen. It definitely has more of a Chinese bent to it.

    I made it a point to have ramen everywhere I went when I lived in Japan, and it didn’t really taste like that.

    Also, the prices are pretty high for the portion size.

    Posted by Foodobsessed | April 22, 2010, 9:53 pm
  5. Do you know of any restaurants serving Ramen in the San Diego, CA area???

    Posted by Richard Rappaport | January 9, 2011, 1:58 pm