Hakata Ramen: the best crispy chicken ramen in town!

Restaurant: Hakata Ramen
Date: Saturday January 6th 2018
Table of: 6

About a month ago, I went to my second ever ramen restaurant in Montreal: Hakata Ramen. Originally, we were supposed to go to Ramen Misoya (which according to one of my co-workers is the best ramen place in Montreal) but as its pretty small and they don’t take reservations, we didn’t bother trying (plus it was like -30 outside so deffos didn’t feel like waiting in line for a table). After a few Google searches, we settled for Hakata Ramen, as it was still downtown, had good reviews and accepted reservations.

The place was pretty empty throughout our stay, especially considering how it was a Saturday night. Nonetheless, the place was warm and the staff was friendly and helpful (they filled up our water glasses multiple times, which is always nice). After a brief wait for the whole party to arrive and several browse throughs of the menu, I settled on splitting the pan fried Japanese gyoza (dumplings) entrée with Ema and a ramen soup; but which to choose? As I said, I rarely ever eat ramen, so I’m not really familiar with this soup type. After asking the waitress for a recommendation and being told that the Hakata style crispy chicken ramen was their best seller, I went ahead and ordered it.

Hakata style crispy chicken ramen (2018)

When all the food arrived (we asked for the gyoza to be served at the same time as the ramen) I started off with my Hakata style crispy chicken ramen. I gotta say, the fried chicken was amazing. Just thinking about it now I want to eat more. The chicken was very juicy and moist and covered in just enough fried batter; it was just perfect. Plus, the portion was huge! I managed to eat it all but it was definitely a lot. The ramen itself was good, but it wasn’t very warm. I thought the broth tasted good, but nothing special to me. I definitely prefer more savoury and flavourful broths, like pho.

Pan fried Japanese gyoza

Next up, the pan fried Japanese gyoza (dumplings). These too were very good, I loved the juicy meaty filling on the inside and the crispiness on the outside. These too were pretty big, especially compared to Chinese dumplings.

Overall I had a good meal at Hakata Ramen, but next time, I would probably not order ramen and try out some of their other dishes (I would definitely have to order some of that delicious crispy fried chicken). I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I also use on my Instagram account (@elisebgravel). It’s very simple, there are only three points: the quality of the food (on 10), the price (from $ to $$$$$) and the following question: would I go back?

So, here is my review of Hakata Ramen:

Food: 8/10 (bonus points for the crispy chicken)
Price: $$
Would I go back?: Yes, for the crispy chicken!

Hakata style crispy chicken ramen (2018)

UP NEXT: my guest review for Rosewood (weekend brunch and bottomless mimosas in Old Montreal!)

*All photos and opinions are mine

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