Friday, October 11, 2013

REVIEW | Kenzo Ramen - Missisauga location fails to wow ramen fans

I was super excited when I found out Kenzo was opening a branch in Missisauga because there are no ramen restaurants there so far.   I would always have to stay downtown after work or trek down just to get a bowl.

The location itself is convenient in terms of getting there, since its right at Mavis and Burnhamthorpe but the plaza it’s in already has a Canada Computers so there isn’t a lot of parking. If you go when it’s busy you’ll probably end up parking pretty far or waiting a long time to get a parking spot.

We ordered the Tonkotsu Ramen ($10.95), which is the Hakata style pork bone soup ramen.  I first noticed when we ordered that they didn’t ask how we wanted our noodles like the other ramen restaurants we’ve tried (thin or thick).  It’s not a big deal but it would have been appreciated.   

The soup base wasn’t bad, it was flavourful and you could really taste the garlic. Even though I appreciate the garlic flavour, I would have preferred it to be chopped up a bit more so that I didn’t bite into it rather than chunk & pieces of garlic.

We also ordered the Tonkotsu miso ramen ($10.95), which is the Hakata style pork bone soup with a hint of miso flavour.  It has a piece of fish cake along with some bamboo shoots. Visually speaking, it didn’t look that great.  Taste wise, I felt it was a bit too salty.  If I had to choose between the two  ramen bowls we had, I would go for the regular Tonkotsu.
I usually order a side or two with a bowl of ramen, so we ordered the Gyoza ($450).  Like all the other ramen restaurants, you will have to wait 10 – 15 minutes while they make it fresh for you. The wrapper was very thin but I felt the seasoning in the meat was way too sweet.
Looks like I will be commuting back to Toronto for a bowl of ramen as I felt Kenzo did not really compare to the other restaurants that are available downtown. I guess if you are really craving ramen and you don’t want to commute, Kenzo Mississauga might be an option. 

The d├ęcor of the restaurant wasn’t that great and it felt like I was in a regular noodle house. Overall I didn’t get that Japanese experience that I felt at the other ramen restaurants. In addition to that, I guess the day we went their air conditioning wasn’t working.  Let’s just say it’s not enjoyable to eat a hot bowl of Ramen when it’s 30 degrees outside and there is no air conditioning in the restaurant, just a fan or two.

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