Mile End’s Japanese dining options just got a whole lot bigger, as two new restaurants opened within recent days — Tsukuyomi on St-Laurent, and Cocoro on Parc.
Tsukuyomi is above all a ramen spot — likely a welcome addition, given the sparse availability of the noodles and broth in the neighbourhood (only Thazard, also on St-Laurent, served it before now).
They’re billing tonkotsu ramen (sometimes known as hakata, a pork broth from the city of Fukuoka) as a signature dish. The menu has three options for it, topped with pork or chicken, as well as a vegan broth — all clock in at $13. There’s a few add-ons and sides on the menu, and Sapporo on draft.
It takes the place of former BYOB restaurant À l’Os, which closed earlier this year. The interior has been revamped — a woody bar with plenty of seating loops around the kitchen, with a few tables on the side.
A few blocks west, Cocoro opened its doors Tuesday in the former Café Thomas. The menu is short and bowl-focused — donburi rice bowls are available in karaage (fried chicken) and kaisen (sashimi) form. They also have one ramen option — a Tokyo-style bowl, a clearer broth than tonkotsu, made with a touch of slightly fishy dashi.
STATUSES — Tsukuyomi is open at 5207 St-Laurent from Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. (closed Sunday). Cocoro is open at 5407 Parc Avenue from Wednesday to Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m. (closed Tuesday).