We woke up on our sixth morning to a rainy and cool Toronto. I can’t think of anything better than ramen to eat on a drizzly day, so Nishan and I made our way to the downtown core to Santouka Ramen. Based in Japan but with outposts all over the world, Santouka specializes in Hokkaido-style tonkotsu broth and chewy, perfectly cooked noodles.
I got a bowl of the shoyu ramen and a salmon roe rice bowl. Nishan got the shio ramen and you know what? Both were incredible, but the shio was better. Who knew the humbly-named salt ramen could taste so perfect? My rice bowl was wonderful, too: fluffy dashi-infused rice topped with thin shreds of egg and salty orbs of roe.
Once we were fortified, we took a walk along nearby Yonge Street, one of the longest streets in the world and also Toronto’s main street and major shopping district. We popped in Eaton Centre too, if only to admire what the US has yet to achieve: classy, pretty malls. It didn’t even really feel like a mall, except for the ginormous flagship Hudson’s Bay department store. I can’t believe I have fuzzy warm feelings towards a mall.
All that mall-ing can make a person hungry (again), so we ended our day with an order of Montreal smoked meat poutine from Smoke’s and a gin rickey from the Library Bar at the Fairmont Hotel. It may not have been the healthiest end to our day, but it sure was a delicious one.