While according to the calendar it’s still fall, there’s no question that winter weather has officially hit Toronto hard.
And there ar few better ways to enjoy an escape from the cold than with a hot, steamy bowl of ramen.
On November 18, Ramen Bros. will host a pop-up event inside Isabella’s Boutique Restaurant at 2066 Queen Street East, offering a cozy haven to indulge in bubbling broth and slurpable noodles.
The Ramen Bros. team specializes in clear, lighter-style broths called chintan. It’s intended to be lighter and healthier than rich bone broths, so it’s easier to eat in large doses without falling into a food coma.
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Tickets for the pop-up event are available online for $20. Each one covers your choice of ramen, a water or tea, and an egg-based appetizer. The no-time-slot-event will run from noon to 10 pm, with last call comin’ in hot at 9:30 pm.
The broth will be made with a combination of chicken and kombu-dashi (a Japanese stock made from kelp), and organizers strongly suggest against making modifications to dishes, in order to maintain the integrity and balance of each bowl.
These are the options available to choose from, as described by the event’s organizers:
Pineapple Shio Ramen – the chef’s signature dish. This Filipino-inspired dish is the perfect balance between the savoury soup, japanese-imported shio (salt), and sweet, caramelized pineapple.
Onomichi Shoyu Ramen – the most popular bowl from the previous pop-up is back! It’s characterized by its clear shoyu (soy sauce)-based broth, and bubbles of seabura (pork back fat) that float around in the soup, adding texture and flavour to the dish.
Tantanmen – a Szechuan-inspired ramen derived from Dan Dan Noodles. Accompanied by classic toppings like stir-fried ground pork, fresh coriander, and scallions. Expect bold flavours, heat, and a mouth-numbing sensation as we finish it with our secret spice blend and house-made chili-oil.
Matcha Chashumen – inspired by TEAMMENSHO, for the adventurous eaters. Experience the harmony between the bitter and earthy matcha, sweet coconut milk, and five pieces of savoury chashu.
Kabocha Ramen – the vegetarian ramen uses a light vegetable stock base, blended with kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) and coconut milk to create a hearty, flavourful broth. The Kabocha’s flavour is further enhanced by pairing it with other seasonal ingredients.
So stop in for lunch, linner or a proper sit-down dinner, and get ready to warm up from the inside out.
Ramen Bros. Pop-Up
When: November 18 from noon to 9:30 pm
Where: Isabella’s Boutique Restaurant – 2066 Queen Street East
Tickets: Available online