Filled to the brim with flavour
Ryoji Ramen & Izakaya’s “Special” Tonkotsu ramen adds volume and a bit of Okinawan flavour to a well-loved classic.
The tonkotsu ramen at Ryoji has a creamy, slow-simmered broth paired with house-made original noodles, all adding up to a flavour and texture that is hard to beat. So how could it get even better? Well, by throwing in a couple of Okinawa-style* pork back ribs, for a start. The Special Tonkotsu ramen offers the same great taste as the original tonkotsu, but comes topped to the brim with two soki pork back ribs, menma (simmered bamboo shoots), spinach, chashu pork, bean sprouts, scallions, kikurage mushrooms and a marinated soft-boiled egg. With this list of toppings brought together, the dish is sure to leave diners satisfied.
Soki pork back ribs usually come with Ryoji’s Okinawa So-Ki Soba and are prepared in the Okinawan style, making for extremely soft and savoury meat that seems to melt in your mouth. They pair perfectly with the ramen’s pork broth and certainly add a unique Okinawan twist to the original tonkotsu. For those who would like a bit more flavour in the broth itself, Ryoji offers different levels of fat, which ups the umami (savoury taste). You can ask for kotteri (heavy), kote kote (extra heavy) or even less fat if you like a clearer, leaner broth.
Don’t forget, Ryoji is both a ramen restaurant and an izakaya. It has a considerable lunch menu for a casual midday meal, or you can drop by in the evening for some handcrafted sake, shochu-based cocktails or even some Okinawan awamori to go along with Okinawa-style side dishes—and, of course, to wash down the signature ramen.
Ryoji has many faces, mixing a variety of culinary styles that cover ramen, traditional Okinawan dishes, binchotan grilled dishes, sushi, sashimi and much more. On top of that, the monthly Okinawa night and DJ performances transform the restaurant into a party spot. The menu is always evolving with new and exciting seasonal options, so you can always expect a new experience at Ryoji.
*Japan’s Okinawa islands have a unique cuisine all their own, characterized by Southeast Asian influences and a focus on meat.
Ryoji Ramen & Izakaya
690 College St., Toronto | TEL. 416-533-8083
Mon-Thurs 11:30am-12am | Fri-Sat 11:30am -2am | Sun 11:30am-10:30pm