Momofuku Noodle Bar
Momofuku’s legacy began in 2004, in a loud, crowded, inexpensive little ramen shop in New York’s East Village. Their particular brand of tasty Americanized Japanese, Korean, and Chinese dishes proved to be a smash hit, and in 2012, they opened a sister location right here in Toronto by the same name.
Momofuku Noodle Bar, located in downtown Toronto, features long, wooden communal tables, benches, and enormous glass windows which bathe the whole place in light.
Wendy, Monica, and I arrived just after I got off work, around 5:30 on a Friday. There was still ample room at the time, so we were seated immediately at an empty table. It wasn’t long before the restaurant started to fill up and our table was joined by a few friendly neighbours.
The menu is short and sweet, and changes daily. It features Korean buns (which I’ve heard are really good), a variety of ramen and other noodle dishes (naturally, being a noodle bar), and some sides, like kimchi, pickles, pig tails, chicken wings, and rice cakes. (Vegans beware: there is nothing for you here.)
All three of us very quickly decided on the exact same thing: the house specialty – momofuku ramen.
The bowls were swiftly brought to our table, and let me tell you: this ain’t no Cup o’ Noodles. This is the real deal.
Each tasty bowl of momofuku ramen contains pork belly and shoulder, a poached egg, scallions, fish cakes, some seaweed, and a special tangy sauce all swimming in delicious salty broth. The pork belly was to die for, it’s like nothing I’ve ever had before. Tender and fatty, it just melts in your mouth like warm butter.
The fish cakes were very pretty, I have absolutely no clue how they get them like that.
Absolutely delicious. (That blob in the center is the sauce, which you can stir into the broth.)
Of course, there are oodles of noodles in every bowl.
Here’s the ever-graceful Monica…
…the ever-delightful Wendy…
…and then there’s me. I just couldn’t wait, it was too good.
We were lucky we arrived early, because by the time we left the place was jam-packed. There was even a small line at the door. Service is quick as is the table turn-around (especially since it’s communal-style), so I don’t think you’d have to wait very long to be seated, even at their busiest.
If you’re going in a big group or just want to be guaranteed a spot, you can always make reservations.
I can’t wait to go back! x