We’ve been on quite the ramen crawl lately, slurping those delectable ramen noodles and gulping down fabulous shoyu, miso and tonkotsu broths all over Montreal! Hungover and near death, Diva #1 and Sweet Pea were intrigued to try Sumo Ramen, a restaurant in Chinatown that was recommended by fellow ramen aficionados. The first thing we noticed was the uncharacteristically extensive menu, uncommon in ramen restaurants which usually focus on perfecting their ramen, rather than providing variety – quality over quantity!
We started with edamame, which Sweet Pea demands at every Japanese restaurant, and a plate of karaage, which Diva #1 always demands. Actually the menu reads “fried chicken nuggets” so we made sure that they were serving karaage and not some Americanized variation. The karaage was served a little cold and it lacked the perfectly crispy skin and tender meat that we’re used to.
Sumo Ramen has so many combos to choose from so the menu seems rather daunting. Diva #1 opted for a traditional shoyu BBQ pork ramen to evaluate the broth-noodles-meat trifecta of ramen evaluation. A vegetarian, a spicy or a miso broth were also options, along with several unique combinations like kimchi ramen, shrimp dumpling ramen, leeks ramen, etc. Their ramen noodles are homemade, or you can opt for rice noodles or udon noodles if you please. You can also add wontons, osaki fish cake, shrimp, etc to your bowl of ramen.
The broth and the noodles were tasty, but we immediately noticed that we did not like the BBQ pork. It lacked flavour and felt fatty without that caramelized fat taste and texture that’s important in bbq chasu pork. We removed most of the pork from our bowl of ramen and enjoyed the ramen bowl without it. On the other hand, Sweet Pea ordered the beef stew ramen where the meat was excellent. Tender, our fork cut into the meat with ease.
Another treat that you don’t usually see on ramen restaurant menus is bubble tea. Traditionally a Taiwanese beverage, it wouldn’t be served in your typical Japanese ramen restaurant. Bubble tea can be milk based or juice based, served with tapioca balls, jelly or neither. Sweet Pea enjoyed the milk based black sesame bubble tea with tapioca balls, and Diva #1 orders the same bubble tea every time she enjoys this drink: lychee juice based bubble tea with tapioca balls – always perfect!
We ordered fried banana for dessert but they were out of bananas, they told us that if we were willing to wait they would go pick up some bananas for us – LOL! Very accommodating, we declined, but we appreciated the offer! It’s unfortunate that the traditional BBQ pork ramen was a disappointment, it seems that Sumo Ramen is a good spot to experiment and enjoy fun combinations of ramen with beef stew, dumplings, and other fun additions – but we’re less inclined to return for a traditional bowl of ramen!
Our Review: As Expected
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