3 Gerrard Street East
I'm back on my ramen phase craze again, my coworkers and I visited Raijin Ramen a few weeks ago. It's taken me a while to visit Raijin beause of the mixed reviews, there's probably a 50/50 percent like to dislike but I knew I had to try it out for myself.
One thing that stands out at Raijin's compared to other ramen joints in Toronto is that they serve charcoal soup based ramen. They also have quite a spacious restaurant, no need to sit shoulder to shoulder to complete strangers here.
I got the Shio Ramen which is their regular ramen seasoned with salt. I usually get shio when trying new ramen restaurants. Raijin Ramen does not use pork belly but instead uses pork shoulder, the meat wasn't as tender and it doesn't have the same lovely melt-in-your-mouth goodness that you experience at other ramen places.
My favourite part of the meal was probably the egg. The soup was was lacking in flavour and it kind of had a burnt taste (maybe from the charcoal? I'm not sure).
Both my other dining companions got Black Charcoal Dark Miso Ramen and it was ten times better than their regular Shio Ramen.
It was so much more flavourful and I was definitely recommend ordering this one.
We also got the Steamed Pork Bun and the Kara-age but both weren't anything mind blowing, just average.
Overall the ramen isn't very memorable but it wasn't horrible.