With promising stints of warmer weather, and the saturation of ramen joints throughout Toronto, there really isn’t much excitement over the opening of yet another option. The recently opened Sonoya, however, is located in the First Markham Place (FMP) plaza, which happens to be conveniently close for lunch.
As our benchmark, we tried the Tonkotsu Ramen, which came with a rich, milky broth, thick slices of grilled pork, a soft-boiled egg, and suitably chewy noodles. However, by mid-afternoon both P and I were dying of thirst, a likely indicator of how much MSG was in the broth.
We also tried the Karashi Ramen, a spicy ramen with a soybean miso-based broth. This bowl inexplicably came with only two slices of pork. Topped with a variety of vegetables including wood ear, seaweed and bean sprouts, the karashi ramen had a much more interesting combination of textures than the tonkotsu.
Sonoya also has some interesting cheese-topped ramen, as well as a chilled option that is only available during the summer. Although the restaurant is conveniently located, and the ramen better than Niwatei, Sonoya’s prices are a few dollars too high for First Markham Place. While we did visit on their opening week, the lone waitress was clearly overwhelmed and had to be asked repeatedly for a bowl, tea, or the bill.
Wednesday Noon, June 12, 2013
Sonoya Japanese Noodle House
3235 Hwy 7 E, Markham