Makoto Ramenya Coquitlam Japanese Restaurant recently Korean opened in the Coquitlam Town Centre area. Having pass by this every morning, I was thrilled to try it. It is one for the first ramen noodle restaurant in Coquitlam (aside from Takano Japanese Noodle Cafe on Westwood). Makoto looks promising with the convenient location, nicely renovated interior with bar seats, booths and long communal table. Unfortunately, the ramen noodles and broth was disappointing and requires much improvements. There is limited quantity of ramen a day. What is available at lunch is not available during dinner – but there is only one menu. After studying the menu for ten minutes, your waitress may or may not tell you what you studied for is not on the exam.
Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen 8.99: pork broth, chashu, menma, bean sprout, marinade egg. For a ramen to be limited, I expect really kick ass rich umami savory taste. The broth is watery and lacking complexity. The onsen tamago egg is creamy and the chasu was tender. Keep you pants on, there’s nothing to be excited for here.
If you are looking for the Nagasaki Seafood tonkotsu ramen, it is not available unless you order the Soup version Nagasaki Nabe + $3 for ramen noodles.
Tako Wasa 3.99: raw octopus with wasabi stem marinade. This does not come with a side of seaweed. This was probably my favorite dish.
Chicken Karaage 6.99: A lightly breaded deep fried chicken with a side of mayo. The chicken was nice and wasn’t very greasy. The mayo dipping sauce was simply mayo watered down. I would skip using the mayo period unless it was a nice garlic aioli.
Fried Noodle Salad 6.99: Garlic onion vinaigrette drizzled salad with romaines and cherry tomatoes topped with fried ramen noodles. This was not bad but the vegetable and fried ramen noodle ratio was underwhelming. Less noodles, more greens please.
Beef Yaki Udon 8.99: pan fried udon with bonito flakes, green onions, cabbage and minimum beef slices. A little greasy.
There isn’t really wrong with Makoto Ramenya except there isn’t anything to be excited for. There is not much depth of flavor. I hope it is growing pains and eventually iron themselves out.
Makoto Ramenya Coquitlam – Ramen and Izakaya
Cuisine: Japanese, Ramen Noodles,
Tue – Sun: 11:30 am – 12:00 am midnight
Coquitlam Town Centre
#112 – 1190 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, British Columbia V3B 0J5