AJISEN 332 Spadina, at Glen Baillie, 416-977-8080, ajisen.ca. Also: 5229 Yonge, at Finch, 416-223-0618; 7010 Warden, at Steeles E, 905-470-6318. Rating: N
You'd think a Japanese fast food chain of noodle houses with more than 300 outlets worldwide would eventually learn how to properly cook ramen and make a passable broth. Sadly, that's not the case here in Chinatown, where the mein tastes as plastic as those out front in the display case, and the soup has an unpleasant metallic punch. Toppings like wimpy kimchi and gristly processed beef shank only make matters worse. MSG ahoy!
Complete meals for $10 per person, including tax, tip and a glass of weak green tea. Average main $8.
Open daily 10:30 am to 11 pm. No reservations. Unlicensed. Access: barrier-free, washrooms in basement.