2016 JOANNE KATES 100 BEST RESTAURANTS

The Spend A Little list represents Joanne’s favourite 50 Toronto restaurants at which two people can eat for under $65 excluding taxes, tip and drinks.

#6 Momofuku Noodle Bar

Momofuku Noodle Bar

That Toronto should be renamed ramen-town few would dispute; and of all the ramen parlours in town, this is the classy one. It’s still ramen, but all the fixins are the finest — fab pork belly and shoulder, rich broth, the nori is crisp, the egg is perfectly poached rather than humdrum hard-boiled, and we love the sweet fish cake. As for sides, maestro David Chang’s trademark cloud-like steamed buns with sweet pork belly, lightly pickled cucumber and hoisin are a Momo riff on Peking duck. This NYC export takes limited reservations and has no backs on the seats but oh joy, they now take reservations.


  • Momofuku Noodle Bar
  • 190 University Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 647-253-8000
  • noodlebar-toronto.momofuku.com/

  • Chef: Hans Vogels
  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion,International
  • Cost of dinner for two: $50
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sun. to Mon. 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Tues. to Sat. 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 5+
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $30
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Yes (at Momofuku Nikai) or can rent out entire venue
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Green P nearby, $20 valet parking at hotel
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