My time in Ottawa has been spectacular, but there was one day that I was really craving ramen. Good thing that Koichi Ramen was around to curb my appetite!

Koichi Ramen is a premier, authentic noodle house specializing in great tasting ramen. They pride themselves on serving the highest quality ramen while providing a unique and authentic dining experience, and I can definitely concur with their statement! Upon entry, the place was extremely authentic; as if I was transported to Japan itself.

The ambiance was in a cozy setting with wooden benches and bars where individuals could feast on some great ramen. The menu came out on wooden clipboards which displayed a variety of different ramens, but also appetizers such as Chicken Karaage and Takoyaki, and dessert for the sweet tooth. You can also select from options of beverages.

The service was extremely kind and had us seated right where all the action was. We could see the cooks making the ramen fresh, whether that was from boiling the ramen noodles to torching the pork belly. It’s a wonderful sight to see before receiving our meal to dine on.

When you order your ramen, you have the option to have it No Spice, Mild or Spicy. I had mine with no spice (didn’t want to take any risks!) while my partner was daring and took on a Spicy level for his ramen!

My selection for dinner that night was the Black Garlic Tonkatsu, which was a beautiful blend of black garlic, bamboo, egg, bean sprout, green onion and kikurage. This was honestly the best ramen I’ve ever had – I can say that it surpassed my experience at Kinton Ramen in Toronto. The broth was so rich, but not overly salty. In addition, the pork belly was perfectly torched, and with the black garlic sprinkled on top, there was a charred taste which blended perfectly with the juiciness of the pork belly. The bamboo and the kikurage were also very nice touches to the ramen, and the noodles were not overly cooked or under cooked. I’d say the only downfall was that there wasn’t enough! I think I could have enjoyed it more if there were more broth for me to sip on, but aside from that it was the perfect dish.

Beside me, my partner got himself the Koichi Signature Ramen which had the same toppings as mine, just a different broth experience. On his account, he said that the spice level was spectacular and really made the ramen pop. He did have the same comment as myself, that there should have been a bit more broth in order to balance the ramen noodles and the toppings, but perhaps this was Koichi’s tactic for the customers to come back for more!

Overall, I was very pleased with my visit, and this was my first Japanese dining experience in Ottawa. I’m excited to try out more cuisine here in the capital, but thus far it hasn’t disappointed!

For more information on Koichi Ramen, have a look at their website and read their story:


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