With nine different ramens to choose from and a mouthwatering selection of other dishes, this is so much more than your typical ramen shop!Bentobox, Magazine, Japanese, Toronto, food, culture

Think you can only eat ramen at ramen restaurants? Then you haven’t been to this one yet: Ramen Raijin offers a variety of dishes alongside their bowls of pork-infused noodles. From Japanese poutine and homemade curry to rice bowls and more, this special spot has something for everyone.

When it comes to their ramen, there’s a lot more to choose from than you might expect. Here, it’s not simply a choice between the classics: shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), miso or spicy ramen. With several chicken-based soup options, this is the ramen joint for those who don’t eat pork. Or, for herbivores, they also have a unique, “soupless” vegetarian ramen.

 If you’re like me, you’ll agree that the ramen experience isn’t complete without a side of gyoza. Good thing Ramen Raijin’s dumplings are made for dunking and devouring—soft and tender on one side and perfectly crispy on the other, this gyoza is a perfect companion to your ramen! And don’t miss unexpected side dishes like the oh-sojuicy kara-age (fried chicken), takoyaki (octopus balls) and seasoned curry fries so flavourful they almost bite back at you!

Not in the mood for noodles? Move on to the nextbest carb: rice! Of the several rice bowls on the menu, I couldn’t resist trying the homemade curry. Thick, creamy and rich in flavour, this dish boasts a delicate sweetness you can’t help but love. And my personal favourite: the Japanese poutine. Imagine your fries drizzled with a soy sauce “gravygravy,” your cheese curds mixed with some savoury Japanese mayo, all topped with strips of nori (seaweed) and a sprinkle of green onions. This is one tasty twist on a delicious dish! If you’re extra hungry, you can combine a few of your faves, get yourself a combo and save a few dollars. If your eyes are bigger than your stomach, you’ll be happy to know that you can order smaller portions of practically everything—ramen, curry, gyoza—and still save room for dessert. And you’ll want to. The selection of sweets on this menu will cause anyone who’s been to Japan to feel a little natsukashisa (nostalgia). So head to Ramen Raijin! It’s your chance to try (almost!) everything off the menu … without upsetting your wallet. Or your stomach.

Bentobox, Magazine, Japanese, Toronto, food, cultureCurry with kara-age on top. Divine!

Bentobox, Magazine, Japanese, Toronto, food, cultureA unique Japanese take on the classic Canadian poutine.

Ramen Raijin
3 Gerrard St. E., Toronto
647-748-1500 | www.zakkushi.com/raijin
Open: Sun–Thurs 11:30 am–11 pm Fri–Sat 11:30 am–12 am