While aimlessly wondering the downtown streets of Toronto, a friend and I had ran into (literally) a cool new Japanese restaurant right on Queen Street called Touhenboku (Pronounced Toe-Han-Bo-Ku) Ramen. Being completely fascinated by the person in the ramen bowl costume brave enough to stand outside in the cold, and of course, being the hungry students we were, we decided to check out the new spot, and disappointed we were…..NOT. If you’re into ramen noodles, you’ll most definitely be into this place. It’s great food at affordable pricing, and yes, the desserts are awesome! We both ordered the Garlicky Touhenboku Ramen. Which comes with the Ramen noodles (of course), boiled egg, dried seaweed, garlic (who woulda thunk it?), and beef. If you’re a fan of garlic, which I am then this dish is for you. I’ve never actually had seaweed with noodles and beef before, but I must say I liked it a lot, and for only $10.50 a bowl it’s quite filling; not too shabby if I may say so myself.
Next up were the desserts! Yes you read that correctly, there was more than one ordered on my end (okay so I splurged a little. My friend didn’t want to eat dessert so I ate for both of us. Don’t judge me). First up was the Chiffon Cake, which was actually quite simplistic but the taste, was AH-MAZING! Simple is definitely better with this light sponge-cake drizzled with honey, and finished with whipped cream; it was definitely worth every penny of the $5.50. Last was the Creampuffs. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, it was a Hollowed crispy choux pastry filled with whipping cream…. And that’s where it started and ended for me. I wasn’t wowed or blown away, it was just alright to me, but I wouldn’t say it was a waste of $5.50.
Our overall the experience was great, the staff was extremely friendly, and their service quite prompt, something that I normally don’t experience in a downtown Toronto restaurant (meaning the prompt service). I’ve never had Japanese Ramen Noodles before, and I’m glad we did discover this spot in the city, so I suggest you check it out and try something new!