Consider this Time Out Market project to be the crossroads of two great Montreal culinary masterminds. It's where Hideyuki Imaizumi, whose hospitality savvy can be found inside the Plateau café Osmo x Marusan, meets Chinatown's smash hit Fleurs et Cadeaux and the work of its chef and co-owner Tetsuya Shimizu. Together, they're creating some of the best Japanese fare in town with bowls of savory ramen and curry donburi, silky onsen (‘hot spring’) eggs, and crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside karaage. One bite was all it took for us, and that’s all it will take to get you hooked, too.
UPDATE, December 2021: A few new and delicious names have appeared in the city that we'd be remiss to not include on our list of the best ramen in Montreal, including umami bombs, new ghost kitchens, and vegan options.
Finding the best ramen in Montreal isn’t rocket science these days as just about every corner of the city core has its own claim to fame. A great bowl may be a couple bucks above the cost of the best cheap eats, but when you consider how loaded these one-shot meals are, it’s no wonder why locals and tourists alike gladly shell out for a taste. These are the places you can go for either a rapid-fire lunch or drawn-out dinner full of aromas and comfort; if that’s your idea of a good meal, you should also be looking into plenty of other equally delicious soup-based delights found in the best Chinese restaurants in Montreal. And if you’re looking for more fantastic Japanese fare? Check out the best sushi in Montreal.
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