Showing posts with label Ajisen Ramen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ajisen Ramen. Show all posts
Ajisen Ramen is a chain based out of Kyushu, Japan, and there are three locations in Ontario. My review on this location was back in late 2012. Unfortunately, that meal was rather disappointing as we felt extremely rushed, and the portions were miniscule. It might not have been an unfair assessment as that dining experience took place about 45 minutes before closing time. We were the only customers at the time, so it could have been the particular staff (at the time) who wanted to clean up and go home.




Since my last review, I have returned to the Chinatown's location a couple of times. They have updated their menu again a couple of months back. The extensive menu offers bright and clear images of the food items. Additionally, in my opinion, their food and service seem to be quite consistent these days. Our severs are often friendly, quick and efficient.


One of my favorite items (and usual order) is their Aijisen shoyu BBQ chicken udon ($9.75). Despite their namesake, I rarely order ramen from Ajisen Ramen as I don't eat ramen all that often. I would eat it occasionally, but my favorite noodles would have to be udon. The udon at Ajisen Ramen is one of my favorites in Toronto. I was sad when I couldn't find it on their updated menu. However, I was informed that the ramen could be substituted for udon (for no additional cost) and I can get it with chicken broth. The chicken broth is a lot lighter than the pork broth used for the ramen soup.

The udon came out hot, and the broth had a good flavor (enhanced by the spices on the table). They actually don't mix the chicken into the broth anymore. Rather, the shoyu BBQ chicken udon would arrive to the table on a sizzling hot plate.


The Japanese deep fried tofu ($5.50) was crispy on the outside, and soft/warm on the insides. Delicious!


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.8/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.8/5
Price: $

Address: 332 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, M5T 1J5

Ajisen Ramen [revisited]

by on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Ajisen Ramen is a chain based out of Kyushu, Japan, and there are three locations in Ontario. My review on this location was back in late 2...
I used to eat quite frequently at Ajisen Ramen when it first opened in Chinatown. However, since they re-did the entire menus; the food prices has been steadily increasing while the food quality and portions has significantly decreased. 


The tom yum lamb teppanyaki ramen ($8.99) was a decent ramen dish. Its broth was kind of salty, and left me really thirsty which could be attributed to MSG in the soup.


One of my favorite non-ramen dishes would be the shoyu BBQ chicken udon ($9.75). The picture to the right is of the udon (taken before I even started eating). As you can tell from the picture; the potion was pretty skimpy, and there was not a lot of noodles or chicken in my bowl. Although, the portions were pretty disappointing, the udon dish did taste rather good. One thing that I can really say about this particular dish was that the soup base was very flavorful.

I also ordered the Japanese deep fried tofu ($4.99) as an appetizer. The dish came with five pieces (5th piece is hidden underneath in the photo) of deep fried tofu dipped in dashi sauce. Three out of the five pieces were a little burnt. The tofu was soft on the inside but the batter tasted like they overused the cooking oil; wasn't very appetizing.

In terms of service, Ajisen Ramen wasn't horrible per-se as the food arrived pretty quickly. However, the servers' attitudes were pretty stoic and a majority of them conveys absolutely no emotions (no smiling or anything). Overall, the service was just average. Ajisen Ramen has a great selection of ramen and other non-noodles dishes, so there's something for everyone. Ajisen Ramen is a decent place to go to for a quick lunch or dinner, but there are other better places for ramen.


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3/5
Price: $

Address: 332 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, M5T 1J5

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Ajisen Ramen

by on Monday, September 17, 2012
I used to eat quite frequently at Ajisen Ramen when it first opened in Chinatown. However, since they re-did the entire menus; the food pri...