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Photos by Steven Davey.
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Could ramen be the biggest thing to hit the culinary world since gluten-free cupcakes?
It certainly looks that way if the slew of Japanese noodle houses that have opened in the downtown core is any indication. Hot on the heels of Hokkaida-import Santouka comes Ramen Raijin, a surprisingly spacious spin-off of Vancouver's celebrated Kintaro Ramen. Some may remember the room as the short-lived Cr3asians.
Unlike Kinton or Momufuku, diners slurp their bowls of creamy Tokyo-style tonkotsu or clear assari toridashi ramen (all $9.50) in relative peace. Five grilled gyoza go for $2.50, seasoned soft-boiled eggs are $1.50 a pop and a buck gets you extra frozen corn.
Ramen Raijin, 3 Gerrard E, at Yonge, 647-748-1500. Daily 11:30 am till close. Currently unlicensed. No reservations. Access: barrier-free.