I had a good break between doing various tasks on campus and decided to go to Ramen Raijin (3 Gerrard Street East) for a mid-afternoon Tuesday lunch. The restaurant is located pretty conveniently on Yonge and Gerrard, just one intersection south of College station and on the fringe of the Ryerson University campus.
The service is super friendly and attentive, and the interior is nicely decorated and organized!
I ordered a Special Combo ($11.95 for a small rice bowl + salad + small ramen) and took advantage of the deal they have for Ryerson students on Mondays and Tuesdays. Really good value, though this ended up being way too much food for me!
RICE BOWL, OPTION 3: SOBORO DON
chicken soboro (sweet seasoned minced chicken) and scrambled eggs on rice with nori seaweed
There are four rice bowl options to choose from when ordering their Special Combo. I enjoyed the simplicity of this one. It was also coupled with a salad with sesame and soy sauce dressing.
RAMEN, OPTION 1B: TONKOTSU AND SHOYU
pork broth and soy sauce-based ramen
The ramen noodles were fairly thick and a little undercooked to me. The pork wasn’t as tender I would have liked, but the broth itself was alright though pretty oily. Overall, I like this place and am interested in exploring the other ramen options on menu, but wasn’t particularly impressed with this one.
As part of the student deal, I chose dessert in the form of almond pudding for an additional 99 cents. It’s sweet and simple and light, which was a very welcome dish for me to follow the heavy rice and ramen combination.