Starting out as one small noodle bar in 2003, Kenzo Ramen now has 5 operating locations in the GTA. We visited the location on Bloor, a short walk away from Spadina Station. From the outside, the place looks like any ordinary ramen shop, but it's the ramen that attracts and holds a loyal customer base – especially hungry University of Toronto students.
We ordered the signature Tonkotsu Ramen ($10.96) made with Hakata style pork bone soup and the Yakisoba ($10.96) featuring original stir fried Japanese noodles with chicken and mixed vegetables. To drink, we ordered the Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte ($3.96).
All of their broths are stewed for 24 hours and their sauces are made in house and fermented for 3 months, and it shows in their ramen. The broth is rich with perfectly cooked, handmade noodles which creates a simple ramen that satisfies your craving.
Tonkotsu Ramen ($10.96)
The green tea latte was good but nothing special, just your typical matcha drink. The Yakisoba, on the other hand, was definitely worth it – it was delicious and very filling (we had to have half of it wrapped up and taken home), and at that price point there were no regrets. It's by no means an amazing dish but it was good and satisfied our hunger and then some, and isn't that all a student could ask for?
It's easy to see why the location easily gets packed as its prime location, good food, and good prices make it an easy go-to place for a satisfying meal.