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16 Indispensable Restaurants for Ramen in Montreal

Forego the instant noodles and visit these spots instead

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For years, Montrealers felt hard-pressed to find a decent bowl of classic Japanese ramen; now the city has a growing number of venues where they can procure the noodles and broth. However, settling on 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 16 that check the right boxes — be it in shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), miso (fermented soy beans), or tonkotsu (pork bone) form.

If you’re planning to support these local establishments, it’s best to go pick up the order yourself. Most restaurants’ delivery options are handled by third-party platforms that take a sizeable cut of every order placed, meaning that less of your money is going into the hands of small business owners.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Umami

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6660 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3E7, Canada
(438) 375-6660
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With increased interest in plant-based food, Montrealers quickly embraced Umami as a home run since opening last year. The noodles and tofu are made in-house from organic local grains and beans; try the shoyu (soy-based) ramen broth with yuba (bean curd skin) and see if you really miss that pork belly. Place orders on CHK PLZ.

2. Ramen Nakamichi

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5329 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S5, Canada
(514) 802-8899
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The coronavirus crisis has forced Jumpei Iwakiri to postpone the grand opening of his latest venture: a lunchtime ramen spot called Nakamichi, in the central Mile End location that once housed Thazard. However, takeout and delivery of the creamy tonkotsu broth that garnered Iwakiri praise at his former downtown bistro are up for grabs, as are some onigiri rice balls, with salmon, tuna, or tomato and dill, for starters.

3. Tsukuyomi (multiple locations)

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5207 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S4, Canada
(514) 273-8886
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While downtown Montreal reached peak ramen, the 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 tonkotsu (pork broth) ramen, but there is a vegan option as well, and a cold ramen in hot months. Available for takeout or delivery with UberEats, and now with a second location Downtown on Bishop.

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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Bistro Otto has a compact menu with added daily specials, often spotlighting ramen noodles. It’s current takeout menu features Otto’s flavourful ramen broth made with chicken and duck stock. It’s other offering, including curries and chirashi, are pretty stellar, too. Call for takeout and delivery.

5. Imadake Izakaya

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4006 rue Sainte-Catherine O., Westmount
QC H3Z 1P2, Canada
(514) 931-8833
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Before Yokato Yokabai Ramen House hit the ramen scene, Imadake owner Kevin Fung was slinging top soups among a long list of salads and dishes, both fried and grilled. Beating your fists on tables while chanting “sake bomb!” at Imadake may feel like a distant memory, but their their ramen, topped with your choice of butter corn, rare beef steak, grilled oyster mushroom, or more, doesn’t have to be. Available for takeout or third-party delivery.

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, with La Presse critic Marie-Caude Lortie even once calling it a pioneer in the city. It’s a solid choice for anyone in the Plateau area with a hankering for the soup. Place orders for takeout and delivery online.

7. Ichifuku

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1925 Sainte-Catherine O, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 932-7227
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Owned by Takeshi Sugawara of the izakaya Kabocha, Ichifuku sports a noodle machine imported from the homeland, choice soft water to balance their noodles’ and soups’ pH, and salts harvested from seawater mineral beds, in addition to proffering all four varieties of broth, each as delicious as the next. It’s even offering ramen in frozen form to ensure utmost freshness at home. Takeout with CHK PLZ, and delivery with some of the other apps — check their website for the information.

8. Kazu

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1862 rue Ste-Catherine O., Montreal
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. During non-pandemic times, it is known to generate constant line-ups craving items from its extensive menu, which is pretty fantastic all around. Ramen included. Drop by for takeout or place an order with UberEats.

9. Kumamoto Ramen

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1812 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada
(514) 935-0777
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When dining rooms reopen, diners have a seat at a cubicled counter, take a look at the menu with options ranging from pork broth to a version laden with black garlic, and hit a button when ready to order. For now, they’ll have to recreate the experience at home. Available for takeout or delivery with UberEats or SkipTheDishes.

10. Kinka Izakaya

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1624 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montreal
QC H3H 2S7, Canada
(514) 750-1624
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Toronto has a much better ramen game than Montreal, hence why imports like Kinka (and its affiliate Kinton, listed above) can comfortably find a niche here. The menu is predominantly less-noodley, less-soupy izakaya fare, but its two ramen options (with either miso or shoyu broth) — both with barbecue pork — are worth a try. Place orders for takeout on its website, or for delivery with DoorDash.

11. 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 Hakata region, Yokato forms one half of a Plateau-based space shared with izakaya Ichigo Ichie. With chef Mineho Okunishi at the helm, this ramen house boasts soups prepared with organic ingredients. Place orders for takeout and delivery on its website.

12. 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 an indelible stop. Pick it up or get it delivered.

13. 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 has raised the ramen stakes with seven outposts in and around the city that mix the Japanese craft with Canadian ingredients. When dining rooms reopen, diners who finish a bowl to the last drop can become an official Kinton Bowler, where more bowls means more prizes. Visit their website for takeout and delivery options.

14. 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 over the summer, and has been serving bowls of its creamy, Fukuoka-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 ranging from $16 to $18 a bowl. Available for takeout or delivery with UberEats.

15. 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. Takeout or delivery with UberEats.

16. Ramen Isshin

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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 only one out of Ontario — boasts 15 ramen options, ranging from spicy red miso with wok-fried noodles and tonkotsu broth to an assari shoyu variety with a light soy sauce and seafood dashi stock, plus a handful of vegetarian options. 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 ventures. Place orders for pick-up on their website, and for delivery with UberEats.

1. Umami

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

With increased interest in plant-based food, Montrealers quickly embraced Umami as a home run since opening last year. The noodles and tofu are made in-house from organic local grains and beans; try the shoyu (soy-based) ramen broth with yuba (bean curd skin) and see if you really miss that pork belly. Place orders on CHK PLZ.

6660 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2S 3E7, Canada

2. Ramen Nakamichi

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

The coronavirus crisis has forced Jumpei Iwakiri to postpone the grand opening of his latest venture: a lunchtime ramen spot called Nakamichi, in the central Mile End location that once housed Thazard. However, takeout and delivery of the creamy tonkotsu broth that garnered Iwakiri praise at his former downtown bistro are up for grabs, as are some onigiri rice balls, with salmon, tuna, or tomato and dill, for starters.

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

3. Tsukuyomi (multiple locations)

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

While downtown Montreal reached peak ramen, the 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 tonkotsu (pork broth) ramen, but there is a vegan option as well, and a cold ramen in hot months. Available for takeout or delivery with UberEats, and now with a second location Downtown on Bishop.

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

4. Bistro Otto

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

Bistro Otto has a compact menu with added daily specials, often spotlighting ramen noodles. It’s current takeout menu features Otto’s flavourful ramen broth made with chicken and duck stock. It’s other offering, including curries and chirashi, are pretty stellar, too. Call for takeout and delivery.

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

5. Imadake Izakaya

4006 rue Sainte-Catherine O., Westmount, QC H3Z 1P2, Canada

Before Yokato Yokabai Ramen House hit the ramen scene, Imadake owner Kevin Fung was slinging top soups among a long list of salads and dishes, both fried and grilled. Beating your fists on tables while chanting “sake bomb!” at Imadake may feel like a distant memory, but their their ramen, topped with your choice of butter corn, rare beef steak, grilled oyster mushroom, or more, doesn’t have to be. Available for takeout or third-party delivery.

4006 rue Sainte-Catherine O., Westmount
QC H3Z 1P2, 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, with La Presse critic Marie-Caude Lortie even once calling it a pioneer in the city. It’s a solid choice for anyone in the Plateau area with a hankering for the soup. Place orders for takeout and delivery online.

4274 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

7. Ichifuku

1925 Sainte-Catherine O, Montreal, QC, Canada

Owned by Takeshi Sugawara of the izakaya Kabocha, Ichifuku sports a noodle machine imported from the homeland, choice soft water to balance their noodles’ and soups’ pH, and salts harvested from seawater mineral beds, in addition to proffering all four varieties of broth, each as delicious as the next. It’s even offering ramen in frozen form to ensure utmost freshness at home. Takeout with CHK PLZ, and delivery with some of the other apps — check their website for the information.

1925 Sainte-Catherine O, Montreal
QC, Canada

8. Kazu

1862 rue Ste-Catherine O., Montreal, 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. During non-pandemic times, it is known to generate constant line-ups craving items from its extensive menu, which is pretty fantastic all around. Ramen included. Drop by for takeout or place an order with UberEats.

1862 rue Ste-Catherine O., Montreal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada

9. Kumamoto Ramen

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

When dining rooms reopen, diners have a seat at a cubicled counter, take a look at the menu with options ranging from pork broth to a version laden with black garlic, and hit a button when ready to order. For now, they’ll have to recreate the experience at home. Available for takeout or delivery with UberEats or SkipTheDishes.

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

10. Kinka Izakaya

1624 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montreal, QC H3H 2S7, Canada

Toronto has a much better ramen game than Montreal, hence why imports like Kinka (and its affiliate Kinton, listed above) can comfortably find a niche here. The menu is predominantly less-noodley, less-soupy izakaya fare, but its two ramen options (with either miso or shoyu broth) — both with barbecue pork — are worth a try. Place orders for takeout on its website, or for delivery with DoorDash.

1624 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montreal
QC H3H 2S7, Canada

11. Yokato Yokabai

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

Specializing in the milky, pork-based tonkotsu ramen from Hakata region, Yokato forms one half of a Plateau-based space shared with izakaya Ichigo Ichie. With chef Mineho Okunishi at the helm, this ramen house boasts soups prepared with organic ingredients. Place orders for takeout and delivery on its website.

4185 rue Drolet, Montreal
QC H2W 2L5, Canada

12. 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 an indelible stop. Pick it up or get it delivered.

2065A Bishop, Montreal
QC H3G 2E8, Canada

13. Kinton Ramen (multiple locations)

1211 Bishop, Montreal, QC H3G 2E2, Canada

First Toronto, now Montreal: Since setting up shop in May 2016, Kinton Ramen has raised the ramen stakes with seven outposts in and around the city that mix the Japanese craft with Canadian ingredients. When dining rooms reopen, diners who finish a bowl to the last drop can become an official Kinton Bowler, where more bowls means more prizes. Visit their website for takeout and delivery options.

1211 Bishop, Montreal
QC H3G 2E2, Canada

14. Sansotei Ramen

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

Reputable Toronto ramen chain Sansotei opened its first Quebec location over the summer, and has been serving bowls of its creamy, Fukuoka-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 ranging from $16 to $18 a bowl. Available for takeout or delivery with UberEats.

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

15. 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. Takeout or delivery with UberEats.

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

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16. Ramen Isshin

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

The South Shore outpost to this small Toronto chain — the only one out of Ontario — boasts 15 ramen options, ranging from spicy red miso with wok-fried noodles and tonkotsu broth to an assari shoyu variety with a light soy sauce and seafood dashi stock, plus a handful of vegetarian options. 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 ventures. Place orders for pick-up on their website, and for delivery with UberEats.

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

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