There’s no question that winter weather has officially hit Toronto hard, and there are few better ways to enjoy an escape from the cold than with a hot, steamy bowl of ramen.
On January 7, 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.
Tickets for the pop-up event are available online for $18.50. Each one covers your choice of ramen, a water or tea, and an egg-based appetizer. The no-time-slot-event will run from 4 pm to 10 pm, with last call comin’ in hot at 9:30 pm.
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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.
Chashu is made with Linton Pasture Pork, which is pasture-raised, and hormone and GMO-free.
These are the options available to choose from, as described by the event’s organizers:
Pineapple Shio Ramen – The signature. This Filipino-inspired dish is the perfect balance between savoury soup, Japanese-imported shio (salt), and sweet, caramelized pineapple.
Onomichi Shoyu Ramen – Characterized by its clear shoyu (soy sauce) broth, and bubbles of seabura (pork back fat) that float around in the soup, this popular bowl features texture and umami.
Tantanmen – A Szechuan-inspired ramen derived from Dan Dan Noodles, this dish features classic toppings like stir-fried ground pork, fresh coriander, and scallions. Expect bold flavours, heat, and a mouth-numbing sensation as it’s finished with a secret spice blend and house-made chilli oil.
Matcha Chashumen – For the adventurous eaters. Experience the harmony between the bitter and earthy matcha, sweet coconut milk, and savoury chashu.
New: Avocado Ramen: This vegetarian ramen uses a light vegetable stock base, blended with avocado and coconut milk to create a hearty, flavourful broth.
So stop in for a late lunch or a proper sit-down dinner, and get ready to warm up from the inside out.
Ramen Bros. Pop-Up
When: January 7 from 4 to 9:30 pm
Where: Isabella’s Boutique Restaurant — 2066 Queen Street East
Tickets: Available online