The popularity of Mendokoro Ramenba and Ramen Yushoken is no secret. Passionate foodies regularly brave the winding lines outside the notorious ramen shops, loyal to the rich bowls of thick tonkotsu ramen within its walls. If you are one such loyalist, you’ll be delighted to know that Nippon Hasha, the group behind Mendokoro and Yushoken, has now opened a third ramen concept: Marudori.
Located at 8 Rockwell, Marudori serves flavourful, viscous ramen reminiscent of its two older brands—albeit, with a twist. As a paitan ramen house, the ramen is made with chicken rather than pork. “In the 10 years that I’ve been working with our Japanese chefs,” shares Ryan Cruz, CEO of Nippon Hasha, “I’ve seen them put out some amazing dishes that didn’t belong in our current menu, and we knew just how amazing their paitan products were. My partners and I have created Marudori as a venue to share these with everyone.”
The name Marudori is an apt symbol of the brand’s dedicated philosophy. “Maru means ‘whole’ and dori is derived from tori, which is chicken,” Cruz explains, representing their approach in using various parts of chicken to produce a flavour-packed paitan experience with every slurp. Though the bowls remain indulgent, Cruz notes that they boast “a more subtle profile, highlighting the goodness of the broth even more.”
Find out what Cruz considers to be the must-try dishes at Marudori (and discover a secret, off-menu item) below: