5051 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 5P2
I have Ramen snobs for friends, so when they heard that Tokyo based Konjiki Ramen was coming to Toronto, they were elated to say the least. This popular "concept ramen" restaurant comes highly recommended via Michelin's Bib Gourmand ratings for the last several years. Their chef Atsushi Yamamoto is highly regarded and am glad to see him bring a spot to Toronto.
The restaurant is nice inside but rather small. Half the restaurant itself is a dessert bar, Saryo, that leaves just the back dinning room for ramen lovers. The lineups can get pretty insane and part of that must be due to the size of the place. The menu offers all sorts of ramen as well as a few side snacks and dishes for now.
The Signature Clam Shoyu Ramen is their signature dish. This is the one that makes the restaurant so popular around the globe. The broth is heavenly and is a mixture of pork, chicken, and clams (love it). The taste of clams is definitely present and adds a sort of brininess to the dish as a whole. The noodles are cooked nicely and the chasu pork slices are actually prepared via a sous vide method. The annoying part is having to order some of the toppings separately. Why are we paying for a damn egg separately though?
Also ordered a chicken karaage on the side because my knees get weak when I see fried chicken on any menu (I have no willpower). The chicken karaage ($5) is rather cheap, but the portion size explains that price. Only a few small pieces (about 4-5) of fresh fried dark meat chicken pieces. The chicken was tasty, while the batter was very crispy.
The lineup can get rather long. The wife actually went there straight after work on a chilly Wednesday night. I was worried she was going to be waiting out in the cold, but she said that she was seated right away around 6pm. By the time I met up with her around 6:20ish, the lineup was out the door. Insane.
Service was stellar as all the waitresses had smiles on their faces and were so darn polite. The ramen comes out lightning fast so you could potentially be in and out in like 15 min (depending on how fast an eater you are). The turnover is quick but be prepared to wait. Might be worth it for you ramen lovers out there.
Ambience: B+ | Service: A- | Price: B | Food: B+