Places to go in Montréal for an authentic bowl of ramen

Jason Lee

Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.

This article was updated on June 10, 2020.

Montréal has been blessed with a blossoming ramen scene. Ramen is a  humble dish of fresh wheat noodles swimming in a broth (that has most likely been simmering for hours) topped with meats and vegetables. This quintessential Japanese comfort food has been growing in popularity as more and more noodle shops and ramen houses pop up around town. Here are the some of the best places to go for an authentic bowl of ramen.

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Yokato Yokabai

Located in the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood, Yokato Yokabai specializes in authentic Hakata Tonkotsu style ramen - which is a pork bone-based soup. Its menu is a check list that you fill out at your table. Its tongue-twisting name is a literal translation of a Japanese term that means, “I like it.” Order the extra salty pork bone tonkotsu with extra scallions and half an egg and I guarantee you’ll love it.

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Restaurant Kazu

This popular downtown izakaya is known for lineups that stretch down the street starting as early as an hour before the doors open. Known for its classic izakaya dishes, Restaurant Kazu also serves up a mean bowl of ramen. Home made noodles in a silky-smooth miso broth topped with braised pork belly and scallions will leave you craving for more.

Ramen Misoya

Ramen Misoya is a ramen chain with over 30 locations worldwide that has been recognized in the New York Michelin guide for 3 years in a row. Its broths are miso based and come in three different concentrations: shiromiso, komemiso and mamemiso. The classic bowl is delicious but try the curry ramen - a rich curry miso broth that’s topped with 3 pieces of chicken katsu (fried chicken cutlet), beansprouts, corn and fried slices of potato.

Nakamichi

After a recent location and rebranding, Nakamichi now offers an izakaya experience with ramen still on the menu. It specializes in tori paitan style ramen. A classic pork belly ramen with nori and greens is always a favorite.

Kinka Izakaya

Expect a traditional bellowing of “irrashaimase” (welcome in Japanese) the moment you walk through the door. Not only does it serve classic Japanese pub grub like takoyaki (grilled octopus balls) or chicken karaage (fried chicken), but its ramen is popular as well.

Kinton Ramen

As a part of the Kinka family of izakaya-style restaurants and pubs that invite patrons to explore Japanese cuisine beyond sushi, Kinton Ramen hit the ground running when it arrived in early 2016. Its official ramen challenge has patrons slurping every noodle and soup down to the last drop. Clean your bowl and you’re an official Kinton Bowler – prizes and bragging rights up for grabs.

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Ichifuku

There’s nothing like freshly made ramen – Ichifuku makes its noodles fresh daily. Its testament to quality starts from its meticulous soup making process, which boasts no M.S.G (monosodium glutamate) to six kinds of noodles of different diameters that pair differently with its signature broths.

Kumamoto Ramen

Kumamato Ramen is hitting all the right notes with diehard ramen eaters. It offers solo diners the option of enjoying their noodles in specialty booths where they order and are served through a bamboo curtain with minimal human interaction.

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Ramen Plaza

Located on the renowned Saint-Hubert Plaza - known for bridal shops and consignment stores, Ramen Plaza is a noodle oasis for the locals of the Petite-Patrie neighbourhood of Montréal. Tonkotsu, double broth (chicken based) and spicy miso available.

Imadake

This boisterous izakaya has been lighting up the ramen scene for years. With a tonkotsu, kare-miso and vegetarian option made with shiitake mushrooms and kombu, Imadake gets creative with its noodle offerings. Toppings like buttered corn, grilled rare beef (think pho) and marinated soft-boiled eggs are sure to whet your appetite.

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Ramen 9000

A pop-up ramen shop takes over the Saint-Henri favorite ice cream shop Dalla Rose during the winter months, singling three ramen options; a basic ramen, a chili ramen and a signature “Dalla Rose” bowl are all vegan. Yes, vegan ramen. Classic ramen accoutrements like pork and eggs are all available as add-ons.

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Tsukuyomi

A newcomer on the Main, Tsukuyomi specializes in a the classic tonkotsu ramen - thick luscious pork-bone broth topped with your choice of pork or chicken. Vegan broth available as well.

Sumo Ramen

The original ramen option in Chinatown, SUMO RAMEN has been offering slurpable Japanese soup noodles for years. Pick from a choice of three different broths, pepper, shoyu and miso as well as three types of noodles: the options are endless. Great vegetarian options available as well.

Marusan

Purveyors of casual Japanese meals in the Old Port, Marusan opened its ramen outpost in the newly minted Time Out Market in the Centre Eaton de Montréal, serving traditional bowls of savoury ramen as well as curry donburi and other delicious bites.

Jason Lee

Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.

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