Enjoy the food and drink of Japan’s subtropical island

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Tastes of Okinawa

Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. Historically known as the Ryukyu Kingdom archipelago, it has developed slightly different culture from mainland Japan through its history. As the only Okinawan-style izakaya in Toronto, Ryoji offers traditional and inventive cuisines and ramens that reflect the unique culture of these islands. Though the restaurant is new here, it is a branch of Ryoji Inc., a very popular izakaya restaurant chain in Okinawa, Japan. Ryoji Inc. was founded in 1988 by chef and owner Ryoji Kinjo, and operates nearly a dozen locations in the prefecture.

The first Ryoji group restaurant opening out-side of Japan, this eatery in Little Italy is their long-awaited dream of going international fi-nally come true.

Tonkotsu original ramen

Since its opening in January 2013, Ryoji has become one of the go-to restaurants for food lov-ers in Toronto. Especially for ramen enthusiasts. Ramen is Japan’s comfort food and like all good comfort food the secret is really care and time. Ryoji offers six ramens: Tonkotsu, Spicy Miso, Garlic Oil, Shio, Shoyu and Vegetable. All broth and noodles are prepared fresh daily by experi-enced ramen master Kazuhisa Iwasaki and vary in richness and texture to complement each style. Ryoji’s “ Tonkotsu” (pork-bone) ramen is prepared in the Hakata style with a slow sim-mered pork bone and vegetable broth. By slowly simmering the ingredients, the resulting broth is creamy and white in colour, with a rich tex-ture. Topped with chashu (marinated braised pork belly), bean sprouts, scallions, kikurage mushrooms and soft-boiled egg, this bowl of Tonkotsu ramen will always make you feel full and satisfied.

After a perfect bowl of ramen, grab a carefully handcrafted sake or shochu-based cocktail in a lounge area. Surrounded by Okinawan-style decor and clubby beats, you can enjoy real Okinawa-style night in Toronto!

Side menu

Ryoji Ramen & Izakaya, sidemenu

Goya Champru

A traditional Okinawa dish with a contemporary flare, sautéed Japanese bitter melon with salted pork belly and atsuage, or deep-fried tofu, pan-fried with egg and covered
with dashi ankake foam, a sticky yet light dashi foam.

Ryoji Ramen & Izakaya
690 College St., Toronto | TEL. 416-533-8083
Open Hours: Mon-Thurs 5mp-12am | Fri 5pm-2am
Sat 11:30am-2am | sun 11:30am-10:30pm