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Where to Go for a Truly Satisfying Bowl of Ramen in Montreal

Forego the instant noodles and visit these 15 spots instead

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For years, Montrealers felt hard-pressed to find a decent bowl of classic Japanese ramen, but now the city has a robust number of venues where they can procure the noodles and broth. However, deciding on which one can be a slippery investigation for any diner: Who’s ladling the most balanced broth? Whose noodles contain the optimum amount of alkalinity? What’s better, authenticity or audacity?

Here are 15 options that check the right boxes — be it in shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), miso (fermented soy beans), or tonkotsu (pork bone) form.

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1. Umami

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6660 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3E7, Canada
(438) 375-6660
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Montrealers quickly embraced animal-free Umami as a home run after it opened in 2019. And that’s because with noodles and tofu made in-house from organic local grains and beans, and a shoyu (soy-based) ramen broth with yuba (bean curd skin) and tomato confit, you’ll hardly miss that pork belly.

2. Ramen Nakamichi

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5329 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S5, Canada
(514) 802-8899
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The focus at this top-tier Mile End joint is tori-paitan, a silky chicken-based broth, which first earned Jurapei Iwakiri praise at his former downtown bistro Schlouppe. Have it spicy, with extra pork, or, when available, even frozen — perfect for proactively stocking your freezer.

3. Tsukuyomi (multiple locations)

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5207 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S4, Canada
(514) 273-8886
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When downtown Montreal reached peak ramen a few years ago, Mile End was left in the dust — until this soup shop opened up. It keeps it simple by offering ramen with some side dishes, and matcha cheesecake for dessert. The specialty here is its rich tonkotsu ramen, but there is a vegan soy broth option as well, plus some cold noodles in warmer months.

4. Bistro Otto

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143 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2T 1N9, Canada
(438) 383-4700
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This gem on the Plateau (with sibling establishments Downtown and in St-Henri) offers delectable ramen — both dry and wet. Try their elegant duck mazeman, decked with poached egg and truffle oil, or one decadently topped with creamy burrata. On the slurpier side of things, there’s a soy-based broth ramen with barbecued pork shoulder. Otto’s other offerings, including curries and chirashi bowls, are pretty stellar, too.

5. Yokato Yokabai

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4185 rue Drolet, Montreal
QC H2W 2L5, Canada
(514) 282-9991
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Specializing in the milky, pork-based tonkotsu ramen from Japan’s Hakata region and cooking with organic ingredients, Yokato Yokabai is routinely hailed as Montreal’s best in the category. The ramen house, which forms one half of the Plateau space shared with izakaya Ichigo Ichie, is helmed by Kevin Fung, the owner of indispensable table-banging Westmount spot Imadake, where one can also grab a great bowl of ramen — on top of other izakaya fare.

6. Ramen Ya

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4274 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 286-3832
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Ramen Ya has built a reputation as a quieter, cozier option for authentic ramen in the city. With a classic tonkotsu option, lesser-seen spicy miso beef version, and a vegan broth offering, it’s a solid choice for anyone in the Plateau area with a hankering for the soup.

7. Sumo Ramen

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1007 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J4, Canada
(514) 940-3668
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This Chinatown haunt is hardly the only place to get a bowl of satisfying broth and noodles nearby, but it is well-known for its heft of options, which include everything from the staple pork belly and chicken to vegan salmon and leek.

8. Sansotei Ramen

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370 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3B 1A1, Canada
(514) 504-5151
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Reputable Toronto ramen chain Sansotei opened its first Quebec location during summer 2020, and has been serving bowls of its creamy, Hakata-style tonkotsu pork broth out of its Downtown location ever since. Black garlic, miso, shoyu, tomato, and spicy are also on the menu, with prices coming in at just under $20 a bowl.

9. Ramen Misoya

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2065A Bishop, Montreal
QC H3G 2E8, Canada
(514) 373-4888
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Montreal can count itself among the 30 locations worldwide that hosts its own Misoya Ramen franchise from Japan, and distance from the source doesn’t detract from the flavour. Misoya’s clout and specialization in three types of miso broth make this ramen resto a must.

10. Kinton Ramen (multiple locations)

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1211 Bishop, Montreal
QC H3G 2E2, Canada
(438) 387-6187
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First Toronto, now Montreal: Since setting up shop in May 2016, Kinton Ramen (an affiliate of Kinka izakaya) has raised the ramen stakes with seven outposts in and around the city that mix the Japanese craft with Canadian ingredients. Diners who finish a bowl to the last drop can become an official Kinton Bowler, where more bowls means more prizes.

11. Kumamoto Ramen

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1812 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada
(514) 935-0777
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Diners eat in their very own cubicles at Kumamoto, where after taking a look at the menu they must hit a button to order. Ramen options abound, but the specialty here is the traditional pork bone broth, to be had plain, laden with black garlic, or spicy — with choice of wavy or straight noodles.

12. Kazu

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1844 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada
(514) 937-2333
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Shaughnessy Village may have a history as a revolving door of restaurants, but Kazu hasn’t taken long to establish itself as a mainstay. It is known to generate long line-ups of patrons craving items from its extensive menu, which is pretty fantastic all around. Ramen included.

13. Ichifuku

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1925 Sainte-Catherine O, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 932-7227
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Ichifuku sports a special machine imported from Japan to churn out ramen noodles of varying sizes to accompany its delicious broths. There are seven varieties, including traditional tonkotsu, shoyu, and miso, plus a curry option and an excellent spicy tan tan men ramen, featuring thick noodles in chicken broth, topped with a mound of spicy sesame minced pork.

14. Ramen 9000

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4609 Notre-Dame St W Suite 1, Montreal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada
(514) 846-1555
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St-Henri’s favourite ice cream purveyor Dalla Rose gets transformed into a seasonal slurp shop come winter, when it’s known to ladle some serious bowls of miso ramen. The base is always mushroom-filled and vegan, but the option to dress it up with pork, tofu, and egg add-ons is there. Also available is a chili ramen — their hybrid reinterpretation of Chinese dan dan noodles.

15. Ramen Isshin (multiple locatins)

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20-8840 Boulevard Leduc, Brossard
QC J4Y 0G4, Canada
(450) 656-0688
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The South Shore outpost to this small Toronto chain — the first outside of Ontario — boasts 14 ramen options, ranging from spicy red miso and tonkotsu broth to an assari shoyu variety with a light soy sauce and seafood dashi stock, plus a tsukemen-style offering (where noodles are served dry to dip in a bowl of broth). It’s helmed by Koji Zenimaru, a Japanese-born chef who moved to Vancouver in 2004, where he worked in a couple izakayas, before moving to Toronto and opening his own venture. Now with a new Plateau location.

1. Umami

6660 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2S 3E7, Canada

Montrealers quickly embraced animal-free Umami as a home run after it opened in 2019. And that’s because with noodles and tofu made in-house from organic local grains and beans, and a shoyu (soy-based) ramen broth with yuba (bean curd skin) and tomato confit, you’ll hardly miss that pork belly.

6660 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3E7, Canada

2. Ramen Nakamichi

5329 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S5, Canada

The focus at this top-tier Mile End joint is tori-paitan, a silky chicken-based broth, which first earned Jurapei Iwakiri praise at his former downtown bistro Schlouppe. Have it spicy, with extra pork, or, when available, even frozen — perfect for proactively stocking your freezer.

5329 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S5, Canada

3. Tsukuyomi (multiple locations)

5207 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S4, Canada

When downtown Montreal reached peak ramen a few years ago, Mile End was left in the dust — until this soup shop opened up. It keeps it simple by offering ramen with some side dishes, and matcha cheesecake for dessert. The specialty here is its rich tonkotsu ramen, but there is a vegan soy broth option as well, plus some cold noodles in warmer months.

5207 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S4, Canada

4. Bistro Otto

143 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1N9, Canada

This gem on the Plateau (with sibling establishments Downtown and in St-Henri) offers delectable ramen — both dry and wet. Try their elegant duck mazeman, decked with poached egg and truffle oil, or one decadently topped with creamy burrata. On the slurpier side of things, there’s a soy-based broth ramen with barbecued pork shoulder. Otto’s other offerings, including curries and chirashi bowls, are pretty stellar, too.

143 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2T 1N9, Canada

5. Yokato Yokabai

4185 rue Drolet, Montreal, QC H2W 2L5, Canada

Specializing in the milky, pork-based tonkotsu ramen from Japan’s Hakata region and cooking with organic ingredients, Yokato Yokabai is routinely hailed as Montreal’s best in the category. The ramen house, which forms one half of the Plateau space shared with izakaya Ichigo Ichie, is helmed by Kevin Fung, the owner of indispensable table-banging Westmount spot Imadake, where one can also grab a great bowl of ramen — on top of other izakaya fare.

4185 rue Drolet, Montreal
QC H2W 2L5, Canada

6. Ramen Ya

4274 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada

Ramen Ya has built a reputation as a quieter, cozier option for authentic ramen in the city. With a classic tonkotsu option, lesser-seen spicy miso beef version, and a vegan broth offering, it’s a solid choice for anyone in the Plateau area with a hankering for the soup.

4274 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

7. Sumo Ramen

1007 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4, Canada

This Chinatown haunt is hardly the only place to get a bowl of satisfying broth and noodles nearby, but it is well-known for its heft of options, which include everything from the staple pork belly and chicken to vegan salmon and leek.

1007 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J4, Canada

8. Sansotei Ramen

370 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3B 1A1, Canada

Reputable Toronto ramen chain Sansotei opened its first Quebec location during summer 2020, and has been serving bowls of its creamy, Hakata-style tonkotsu pork broth out of its Downtown location ever since. Black garlic, miso, shoyu, tomato, and spicy are also on the menu, with prices coming in at just under $20 a bowl.

370 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3B 1A1, Canada

9. Ramen Misoya

2065A Bishop, Montreal, QC H3G 2E8, Canada

Montreal can count itself among the 30 locations worldwide that hosts its own Misoya Ramen franchise from Japan, and distance from the source doesn’t detract from the flavour. Misoya’s clout and specialization in three types of miso broth make this ramen resto a must.

2065A Bishop, Montreal
QC H3G 2E8, Canada

10. Kinton Ramen (multiple locations)

1211 Bishop, Montreal, QC H3G 2E2, Canada

First Toronto, now Montreal: Since setting up shop in May 2016, Kinton Ramen (an affiliate of Kinka izakaya) has raised the ramen stakes with seven outposts in and around the city that mix the Japanese craft with Canadian ingredients. Diners who finish a bowl to the last drop can become an official Kinton Bowler, where more bowls means more prizes.

1211 Bishop, Montreal
QC H3G 2E2, Canada

11. Kumamoto Ramen

1812 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M1, Canada

Diners eat in their very own cubicles at Kumamoto, where after taking a look at the menu they must hit a button to order. Ramen options abound, but the specialty here is the traditional pork bone broth, to be had plain, laden with black garlic, or spicy — with choice of wavy or straight noodles.

1812 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada

12. Kazu

1844 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M1, Canada

Shaughnessy Village may have a history as a revolving door of restaurants, but Kazu hasn’t taken long to establish itself as a mainstay. It is known to generate long line-ups of patrons craving items from its extensive menu, which is pretty fantastic all around. Ramen included.

1844 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada

13. Ichifuku

1925 Sainte-Catherine O, Montreal, QC, Canada

Ichifuku sports a special machine imported from Japan to churn out ramen noodles of varying sizes to accompany its delicious broths. There are seven varieties, including traditional tonkotsu, shoyu, and miso, plus a curry option and an excellent spicy tan tan men ramen, featuring thick noodles in chicken broth, topped with a mound of spicy sesame minced pork.

1925 Sainte-Catherine O, Montreal
QC, Canada

14. Ramen 9000

4609 Notre-Dame St W Suite 1, Montreal, QC H4C 1S5, Canada

St-Henri’s favourite ice cream purveyor Dalla Rose gets transformed into a seasonal slurp shop come winter, when it’s known to ladle some serious bowls of miso ramen. The base is always mushroom-filled and vegan, but the option to dress it up with pork, tofu, and egg add-ons is there. Also available is a chili ramen — their hybrid reinterpretation of Chinese dan dan noodles.

4609 Notre-Dame St W Suite 1, Montreal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada

15. Ramen Isshin (multiple locatins)

20-8840 Boulevard Leduc, Brossard, QC J4Y 0G4, Canada

The South Shore outpost to this small Toronto chain — the first outside of Ontario — boasts 14 ramen options, ranging from spicy red miso and tonkotsu broth to an assari shoyu variety with a light soy sauce and seafood dashi stock, plus a tsukemen-style offering (where noodles are served dry to dip in a bowl of broth). It’s helmed by Koji Zenimaru, a Japanese-born chef who moved to Vancouver in 2004, where he worked in a couple izakayas, before moving to Toronto and opening his own venture. Now with a new Plateau location.

20-8840 Boulevard Leduc, Brossard
QC J4Y 0G4, Canada

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