Tasting at Ramen Yutaka in Aurora

Ramen Yutaka chicken ramen

Ramen Yutaka is located at 84 First Commerce Drive, Unit 4 in Aurora

January 29, 2020:  I was invited to Ramen Yutaka in Aurora to try out their signature in-house made chicken ramen and assorted appetizers.  Ramen Yutaka is located at the SmartCentres Aurora North shopping plaza at 84 First Commerce Drive, Unit 4 (intersection of Lesile Street and Wellington Street East) in Aurora.

We arrived at 7 p.m.  There was plenty of parking at the plaza.  Inside the brightly lit restaurant, there was a long table designated for the food bloggers/influencers to sit at and the rest of the dining room left for regular customers.

The aesthetics of the restaurant had clean lines and was minimalist with light wooden tables and white chairs.  Walking towards the restrooms, you could see the open kitchen and the chefs at work.

Ramen Yutaka interior

Seating and kitchen

Ramen Yutaka menu and prices

Ramen order sheet

Whereas most ramen restaurants specialize in pork broth, Ramen Yutaka focused on chicken ramen with an in-house chicken broth.  We were told that the ramen chef takes exquisite care in maintaining the quality and taste of his ramen so that the chicken ramen and broth are limited in quantity each day.  Once they are sold out for the day, they actually close up shop.

We were able to choose any ramen off of the menu with accompanying toppings and appetizers.

First, we were served some of the appetizers to share.  Ramen Yutaka was very generous and within minutes, our long table was entirely filled with all of the appetizers and extra ramen toppings.

The Chicken Gyoza (dumplings) were fried with “wings”, a crispy lattice coating that isn’t commonly seen at many restaurants.  It means that the dumplings are pan fried so that there is also a thin crispy layer of batter for you to bite into.  The dumplings were generously stuffed and very satisfying with the dipping sauce.  It’s best to eat these dumplings hot when they arrive to the table.

Chicken Gyoza (dumplings)

Chicken Gyoza (dumplings) (6 pcs). $4.99

Chicken Gyoza being dipped

Chicken Gyoza being dipped

The Homemade Karaage (Fried Chicken) was served with a Japanese mayonnaise and seasoning dipping sauce.  Each fried piece of chicken was so chunky and juicy.

Homemade Karaage (Fried Chicken)

Homemade Karaage (Fried Chicken) (5 pcs). $4.99

The Potato Croquette, deep fried and slathered with Japanese mayonnaise and a sweet sauce, was something that you shouldn’t judge by its cover.  It was very crispy on the outside and flavourful on the inside.  I was really impressed by this!  It was so delicious.

Potato Croquette

Potato Croquettes. $4.99

All of the chicken ramen on the menu already come with chicken breast, pork shoulder, and various toppings.

The Tori Paitan and Black Oil Ramen had chicken white soup and housemade garlic oil.  This was a very dense and richly flavoured broth with the garlic oil added to it.

Tori Paitan and Black Oil Ramen

Tori Paitan and Black Oil Ramen. $14.50
-chicken white soup, housemade garlic oil

Shoyu Ramen

Shoyu Ramen. $13.99
-clear chicken broth, special soy sauce seasoning

The Shoyu Ramen had clear chicken broth and special soy sauce seasoning.  In comparison, this clear chicken broth was a lot “cleaner” in taste.  I actually liked this broth more because you could distinctly taste the fresh chicken broth.

Our table ordered all of the extra toppings with our bowls of ramen in order to try them out.  The extra toppings included:  braised torched pork belly, sous-vide pork shoulder, sous-vide chicken breast, flavoured egg, seaweed, spring onions, and marinated bamboo shoots.  (At some restaurants, the flavoured egg is provided with the bowl of ramen, but you have to order it as an additional topping at Ramen Yutaka.)

 Ramen Yutaka ramen

The two bowls of ramen with the flavoured egg added into it

Braised Torched Pork Belly

Braised Torched Pork Belly (3 pcs). $4.99

 Flavoured Egg and Spring Onions

Flavoured Egg. $1.50
Spring Onions. $1.50

 Seaweed on a plate

Seaweed (3 pcs). $1.50

Marinated Bamboo Shoots

Marinated Bamboo Shoots. $1.50

 Shoyu ramen noodles

Ramen noodles in action

The braised torched pork belly was fabulous.  It was very fatty around the edges yet meaty and really had a strong umani taste to it.  The sous-vide pork shoulder and sous-vide chicken breast were both very tender.  The flavoured egg had the perfect runny yolk.

By the end of the tasting, we were all so full and satisfied.  The chicken broth was more concentrated and rich than the ones I’ve had before, so I couldn’t even finish my bowl of ramen.  (Tip: make sure you come here on a really empty stomach!)  There were still a lot of leftovers, so we were encouraged to take them home to enjoy.

 Ramen Yutaka dinner

Amazing generous spread of ramen and appetizers

We had a glimpse of the ramen noodle machine situated at the front area of the restaurant.

 Ramen noodle machine

Ramen noodle machine

Ramen Yutaka storefront

Ramen Yutaka is one of many eateries at this Aurora shopping plaza

We were also informed that Ramen Yutaka offers limited edition ramen flavours every week (one of which I remember was a chocolate ramen with smoked duck breast!).  They only offer about 20 to 30 of these specialty bowls per day and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  You have to check their Instagram page or in-store to see what their limited edition ramen flavours are.  The chef is very inventive in his cooking!

Thank you so much to Darren of DKLo Events, the owner, and staff at Ramen Yutaka for inviting me to the tasting.

FTC Disclaimer:  Although I was invited to a complimentary tasting at Ramen Yutaka, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the event hosts or the business.

Ramen Yutaka Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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