‘Edible art:’ Hot Hamilton ramen spot has new home on resto-row

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Published November 15, 2022 at 1:45 pm

'Edible art:' Hot Hamilton ramen spot has new home on downtown's resto-row
Chef Noah Woods' Mystic Ramen, which has been a major draw at the Hamilton Farmer's Market, is moving into its first brick-and-mortar location at 51 King William St. (Facebook photo)

Hamilton’s go-to street for eats will welcome one of the city’s most popular ramen restaurants next month.

Mystic Ramen, which has been a major draw at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market, is moving into its first brick-and-mortar location at 51 King William St.

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The location was previously occupied by That’s My Jam, which surprised many with the announcement of its closure in Sept.

Mystic Ramen is headed by Chef Noah Woods and his wife, Heather Elson. On the restaurant’s official website, Woods describes himself as a “Japanophile” — fascinated culturally with all things Japanese, and it all started with martial arts training.

“I was deeply into Goju-Ryu Karate and jujitsu,” he writes, “I was introduced to Japanese culture and Zen Buddhism through those disciplines.”

“When I went into the culinary arts, I was fascinated by the traditional cuisines of Japan, especially kaiseki. It’s a natural expression of most Japanese disciplines and philosophies.”

“I love the attitude of the artisan; it’s not only about perfecting one’s craft but perfecting oneself,” Woods continued. “It’s a holistic practice, married with the artistic expression of cooking, especially Japanese cuisine. I love to nurture people with food. It’s edible art.”

'Edible art:' Hot Hamilton ramen spot has new home on resto-row

Mystic Ramen is headed by Chef Noah Woods and his wife, Heather Elson.

Mystic Ramen’s flavour combinations are what keep people coming back, whether it’s spicy curry miso, chicken chintan topped with shrimp and pork wontons, or lemon pickle paitan. They even offer vegan miso with fried puffed tofu topped with a carrot flower.

Woods and Elson haven’t provided a firm King William move-in date, but they posted on Instagram that they’re close, with a Dec. 1 soft launch on the horizon.

We’re getting closer!!!

We still don’t have a firm date for you, friends. We’re waiting on equipment and inspections and all that jazz.

We also don’t have a full menu for you yet, but it’s in the works!

We CAN tell you that we’re so pumped every time we step into these doors and imagine y’all here with us.

We’re also so grateful for YOUR excitement! We feel your energy propelling us forward and upward. Thank you!!

Please help us by imagining our December 1st soft opening. We know y’all are powerful, and we could use your energy. ❤️

One more week of service in our cherished first home, and then away we go!

Check out Mystic Ramen’s Instagram for the latest updates.


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