Yup, it’s me again, the lazy bum of this community, once again eating out because I really don’t want to cook. This time we went to a brand new place that just open not long ago. And once again, it’s a ramen place, because I just love ramen, it was cold and also I love Japanese food. This restaurant was featured on facebook through a blog about good restaurant in Montreal. Since I always hunt for authentic Japanese restaurant, I was tempted to try it out. I was suppose to have a date with the munchies, but since we went on a small date with le hubby, we decided to try this one out.
It’s on Park Avenue in the ParkEx area. The restaurant is small with about 6 tables inside and 2 tables outside. The place is quite strange, because the hall to go to the washroom is pretty long and they could have use that “longness” to make more sitting space. The decoration is pretty simple, very Japanese style with a flag with their name writing in Japanese on it. On the wall there is a giant painting and around the tables, there are katanas. I do like the little touch of the chopstick “rester” in the form of a fish. It’s quite cute.
The service was quick. Upon entering the place we were seated within a few minutes. The menu took a bit longer to come, but no complain there since it was also writing on the board just above the kitchen entrance. We ordered 3 dishes, and it didn’t take long for them to come out. I do have a little complain about the entree. We ordered the Karaage and the waitress just brought out the dish without any extra plates for us to share or just simply for one person to eat without dropping the pieces everywhere.
Their menu is quite simple with 2-3 types of ramen, 2 type of rice bowl with 4-5 entrees and 2 deserts. So le hubby and I have ordered Karaage, pork tonkatsu and another type of ramen with egg in the soup (I really don’t remember the name). The karaage was very crispy and delicious with the sauce. It was tender inside and not dry at all. Le hubby’s ramen was as usual, he said he likes it, but it was not his favorite. As for mine, it was ok. It’s not too salty like the usual ramen that I had, but it was a bit plain too. The egg mixture in the soup wasn’t helping. As I slurp through the soup, the egg kind of overpower everything and it was getting on my system. I didn’t even finish the noodle nor the soup.
The price was about the same as any other ramen place. The karaage was one of the best. I really did enjoy it. As for the ramen, I didn’t like it at all. The soups need for saltiness? It was a bit bland. There wasn’t any option of adding more toppings too. I would have enjoy to some corn in my ramen. As I was reading the reviews on facebook about this place, I was expecting it to be a bit more, but it was deception. Some people were commenting that it was the best ramen place in Montreal and it was the best ramen they ever had. Which was kind of deceiving or that they haven’t try enough ramen yet. As for me, I need minimum requirement for my ramen: the saltiness, the toppings and the spiciness. Overall, I did like the service and the atmosphere of the place, but the food would not bring me back.