If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been eating a lot of ramen lately, so though we don’t think that we’re experts on the subject of this Japanese delicacy, we know the best places to eat ramen in Montreal! Ramen Plaza is new on the scene, so new that they were a bit disorganized when we went to try their ramen soup – and they kept forgetting things and making mistakes, oh well!
Ramen Plaza is a ramen restaurant meaning that’s all they serve as main dishes. Appetizers are scarce too, this place is really about enjoying a serious bowl of ramen. We ordered the chicken karaage which is Japanese fried chicken with a spicy lemon mayo. The chicken was perfectly crispy and delicious! We also ordered their other two appetizers, the gyoza (fried dumplings) with smoked meat and the vegetarian option with shiitake mushrooms and nuts. Unfortunately, we never received the dumplings so we did not get to try them, as we said, they were a bit disorganized!
Let’s talk about the tonkotsu broth! Tonkotsu broth really highlights the pork (and pork bones) which are boiled for hours, and at Ramen Plaza they boil the pork broth for 18 hours. The reason that the pork broth (including trotters and plenty of fat) is boiled for so long is to break down the fat, bone marrow, etc and create that creamy liquid. This broth is a lot of work; we truly appreciate all the work it takes to make it! Not only does it take hours to boil, but you need to skim the broth often too.
We loved Ramen Plaza’s tonkotsu ramen which we added a delicious spicy miso ball to the soup for more flavour. It was topped with pork, pulled pork and half an egg. The soup came with green onions, pickled red onions and we added nori for an additional cost. Ramen restaurants always allow you to add a miso marinated soft boiled egg, more meat and other ingredients for an additional cost – this was the same at Ramen Plaza!
Sweet Pea is not a lover of the pork flank that is torched to caramelize the fat in traditional ramen bowls. At Ramen Plaza she tried the double boil dashi and chicken ramen with tare. This shoyu (soy sauce) emphasizes the other ingredients and flavours more than the pork. Dashi broth is made from bonito flakes and sea kelp, adding a fishy dimension to your bowl of ramen. It was delicious and unique!
We tried every ramen soup at Ramen Plaza, including the spicy miso ramen with yellow miso and minced pork meat. The minced pork meat was a bit strange texturally, the pulled pork and pork flank are the better of the options in a bowl of ramen soup. The Spicy Miso Ramen also had corn in it, as do most miso ramen bowls – it could have been spicier, but once again the broth was perfect!
Grapefruit yuzu sorbet was the dessert option on the menu, again they forgot to bring it and we waited so long that we just asked for our bills and didn’t bother reminding them twice. Ramen Plaza has a few kinks to work through concerning the service, but they do serve a great bowl of tonkotsu ramen. It takes 18 hours to prepare, so we really appreciate the work and skill it takes to make such a phenomenal bowl of soup.
Our Rating: Splendid
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