Ramen Misoya is an unassuming little hole-in-the-wall popular as a student hang out near Concordia University in downtown Montreal. But that’s just it, with a little research we found out that it’s so much more than that. Ramen Misoya is a world renowned international chain that came to Montreal to help elevate the city’s shoddy ramen reputation. Known for their thicker and more flavourful ramen noodles, they offer a variety of miso enriched broths that will enthrall ramen lovers and newbs alike!
But let’s not chat about the ramen just yet, we started our meal with the takoyaki, affectionately known as octopus balls. This Japanese street food is popping up in Japanese restaurants all over Montreal. At Ramen Misoya the takoyaki were sitting in a miso broth, and the bonito flakes were plentiful. We love these fried balls of octopus, they were flavourful and the broth was a nice touch. But eat them quickly or they can get soggy!
The gyoza were very good, these dumplings are traditionally stuffed with ground meat and vegetables, and they were bursting with flavour at Ramen Misoya. The crust of the dumplings was crunchy, as it should be, and the soy based dipping sauce was tangy.
We were at Ramen Misoya to get to know (or to abuse) Sweet Pea’s latest man, and to eat ramen of course!She goes through men like flip flops, we hope that he’s her last pair. We were a large group of friends who were in the mood for a good bowl of soup. It’s too bad that they don’t have a liquor license, then the abuse would have been even more theatrical, but we did our best in the wake of sobriety.
Komemiso ramen is more savoury than shiromiso ramen which is lighter with a sweeter flavour. We opted for the komemiso at the recommendation of our waiter. Their soup came with ramen noodles, miso broth, pork broth, bean sprouts, cabbage, green onions, nikumiso and bamboo shoots. The “basic” komemiso also added two fried potato wedges into the broth for added flavour. We should have added a miso egg into our soup for that traditional ramen feel, alas, we’re rookies!
Diva #1 opted for the “spicy” ramen which is the same as the “basic” except with some of that added spiciness that she loves. It was very hot but absolutely delicious! And if you’re so inclined, they also have vegetarian ramen options, but we always opt for a rich meat broth.
You can also add extra toppings to your ramen, to make it more fun and delicious. Diva #1 added their deep fried chicken (karaage), there were three large pieces to an order, and it was the perfect crispy addition to the spicy komemiso ramen soup. For an extra cost you can also add kimchi, that miso flavoured egg that we forgot that we love, onion crisps, fried tofu, nori, etc.
We are by no means ramen experts, but word on the street is that this is the best spot for ramen in Montreal. Unassuming and simple, the way the best hole-in-the-wall Asian restaurants usually are, we loved the komemiso broth at Ramen Misoya, and are curious to return and try their shiromiso broth. As for Sweet Pea’s beau, we may keep him around for a little longer …
Our Rating: As Expected
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