Kenzo is a ramen restaurant making up just a handful of ramen shops in Toronto. Why there are so few places to chow down on this delicious Japanese specialty beats me.
I've had authentic ramen in Japan and NYC and while Kenzo Ramen is pretty good, it's by no means authentic and pales in comparison to its compatriots elsewhere. The noodles are however made in house, as are the broths.
I ordered the Tonkotsu ramen, a pork-based broth served with the usual accoutrements: char siu (in this case, really tender pork with just the right amount of fat), beni shoga (pickled ginger), kamaboko (the pinky-swirly fish cake) and tamago (egg cooked in soy and pork stock). The dish was quite good and the stock was done perfectly, somewhat opaque (as Tonkotsu ramen should be), with some decorous fat globules popping up here and there as I kept eating my way closer to the end of my bowl of Japanese treasures.
While the meal itself was quite yummy and exciting in comparison to the usual fare at Japanese restaurants, you'll probably leave feeling like you don't need to come back in a big hurry.
Kenzo Ramen serves up ramen and other Japanese goodies such as gyoza, okonomiyaki and takoyaki.
Kenzo Ramen is located at 138 Dundas Street West @ Elizabeth Street.
Visit them here: Kenzo Ramen