Mandy, Wendy, and I were due for a catch-up. Since I am always on the hunt to try out new restaurants, I selected Sonoya Ramen House. It is located on the outside plaza strip of First Markham Place and incidentally right beside Aka Teppan.
It was quiet on a Monday evening. The interior of the restaurant is nicely decorated and feels homey.
Since this was a ramen restaurant, I knew for sure I had to try their soupy noodles! I selected the Tonkotsu Ramen.
Our server brought out our bowls on individual trays with a small appetizer of pickled ginger and sweet pickled onion. The sweet pickled onion was really good!
Each bowl was nicely reminiscent of traditional Japanese designs. My Tonkotsu had a light broth to it that surprisingly tasted very good! I wasn’t thirsty either afterwards so I can assume that they didn’t add much MSG in it. There were three slices of char siu that I thought were too thick and unlike other ramen places that serve it rather soft and thin.
The ramen noodles were good. They were a bit more slippery than chewy and didn’t seem to me like they were the authentic ramen variety.
Nevertheless, the part I loved the most was the soup base. I couldn’t get enough of it and kept scooping it up to drink using the oversized spoon. :3. Also, I learned that the white and pink thin piece of crab meat is actually called a naruto. Oh, the things you learn when dining out. 🙂
Mandy ordered the vegetable ramen and Wendy had the rice. Both looked good too!
All in all, this was a okay ramen house. I wouldn’t say I would come here again or recommend it to friends but if I were to come again, I would likely try their appetizers and see if their donburi is comparable to the one I’ve had before at Donburi.