332 Spadina Ave
When I was in Shinjuku last September, we had lunch at a ramen house, and it was my least favourite dining experience. The broth was just way too salty to enjoy.
Now back here in Toronto, my brother tried Ajisen and has been raving about it ever since, about how the soup base is so good on its own, how it’s so much better than what we had in Japan. Of course, I had to try it for myself. I did.
I tried it myself and — note that I am in so much debt because of trip expenses and books for school — had it twice within a week. I’m not even a noodle soup person! I get a little self-conscious when the noodles hang out of my mouth. Think of my second visit as a sort of double-take, and let me say that my taste buds weren’t fooled the first time.
On my first visit with Mark, I had the pork cutlet ramen. When we went again with Stacey, I had the corn with bbq pork ramen with a small order of fried potato cakes. The potato cakes were okay, but, really, if you’re coming to Ajisen to eat, you’re coming for the ramen. Both times, I was enjoying my food too much to really notice what Mark and Stacey had ordered.
If I was going downtown instead of traveling twenty minutes in Scarborough to campus, and, also, if I weren’t so broke, I’d be having lunch and/or dinner here everyday. Maybe that’s an exaggeration. Maybe I’d go once a week. But, for sure, Ajisen has become a new favourite spot to eat.