Hida Takayama Ramen, Robson
Cuisine: Ramen, Japanese
Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent)
This ramen shop has been facing tough times since its opening. Allow me to explain why in point form.
- Challenging location… (Kintaro, Benkei x2, Santouka, Sanpachi, etc) Better brand, better location, better facade
- Challenged owner… He doesn’t really know how to promote his business, how to keep the authenticity of his brand. Why would you write paragraphs in Chinese and English convincing customers that you have the best ramen? Your identity is authentic Japanese Ramen originated from Hida Takayama, keep it that way.
- Challenging Reviews: I’ve never seen so many of my fellow foodies giving bad reviews about this place. Some I totally agree with, some not so much.
On to the food… Banana Girl, JT, and I were hanging out that day and he introduced me to this place. JT spent 3 years in Japan teaching English and said this place was close to where he was staying in Japan. I always wondered about the authenticity of ethnic food so I was super excited.
I had the Four Miso flavor. I thought the broth was rich in flavor but not too thick. I will do a review on Benkei’s Shio flavor, which I think was too thick and caused me to have hiccups afterwards. I will agree with the other reviews on the texture and taste of the noodles itself. I thought it had a weird taste which I cannot describe. It was very minor and it didn’t bother me that much.
Finally Banana Girl had the White Sesame Ramen. I had a bit of it and it had a very clean taste. The chashu was soft, accompanied by the other garish, I truly believe it is competitive with the big boys around the block. I’ll go out and admit that I am not a ramen expert. I can only judge by my years of experience eating at Kintaro (before it was cool) and my trip to Japan, that this place has it’s unique charm.
To end off, I can only hope this place can survive.