AFURI RAMEN from Japan is now open in Vancouver (well, Richmond to be exact!) Afuri Ramen + Dumplings is located at 140-7971 Alderbridge Way next to Chunyang Bubble Tea. The Afuri brand was established in 2001 with locations across Japan, Portland, and soon to be…
Ramen Butcher in Chinatown has been opened for awhile now. Since they took over the space from the underrated East of Main Cafe, the line up at Ramen Butcher has been out the door. At least the origami cranes survived!
Waiting in line really takes away from the whole dining experience. I’d like to avoid it as much as possible. Similar to the newer Japanese noodle restaurants in Vancouver, The Ramen Butcher offers handmade ramen that represents the current and popular trends of Tonkotsu broths from Japan – thinner noodles and richer umami broths. The Ramen Butcher is part of the Menya Koji Group.
Their signature ramens are color coded:
- Red: spicy garlic
- Black: roasted garlic
- Green: basil and parmesan
- Orange: miso ground pork
There are also the classics like Tori Chicken and veggie options available.
Ramen Butcher offers free Kaedama (extra noodles) for the first refill. This is pretty cool as other ramen places usually charge $1.50 or $2.00!
Green Ramen: Interesting flavors with basil and parmesan cheese as we are not used to this. Our taste buds was a bit intrigued in the beginning.
Red Ramen: Tonkotsu pork broth base with spicy garlic paste, noodles, half lean/half fatty aburi pork chashu, served with their medium boiled marinated egg. You can choose your spiciness level with this ramen. It is a bowl full of comfort.
The Ramen Butcher
Cuisine: Ramen, Japanese, Noodles
Tue 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
223 E Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6
大勝軒 Taishoken Ramen Vancouver Chinatown features tsukemen ramen that was featured on Season 1 of Mind of a Chef by David Chang. Taishoken Ramen by Stadium Chinatown Skytrain Station is a branch of the infamous ramen in Japan. I don’t normally like to park and walk in the area myself during night time. Although right next to Rogers Arena, it is rather sketched. My best friend and I came here after a pampering event at Beauty Mark in Yaletown.
Special Tsukemen Spicy: Dipping ramen is available in regular and spicy. We optioned for the spicy version with pork shoulders. You can choose from the fattier pork belly or the leaner pork shoulder. Served with nori seaweed and ajitame onsen egg. The egg is soft boiled and has a nice runny yolk. The noodles were chewy after being boiled and then rinsed. It is thicker and has a firm texture. The noodles are served chilled with ramen broth on the side. The broth although rich was luke warm. The broth was halfway between coagulating from pork fat. I think to better this Tsukemen Ramen, the broth need to pick a side: either piping hot or chilled cold. Lukewarm just doesn’t satisfy. It’s like how passionate would you be if you only served God lukewarm?
Shoyu Tonkatsu Ramen: Broth choices of shoyu, shio and miso ramen. I ordered a shoyu ramen. The broth again was rich with a flavorful shoyu concentration. The Japanese noodles were again al dente – firm and chewy.
I still preferred the ramen umami broth from Marutama Ramen better.
Taishoken Ramen Vancouver 大勝軒
Cuisine: Japanese, Ramen, Noodle Shop
Mon 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
515 Abbott St Vancouver BC V6B 2L2
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).…
Marutama Ramen Vancouver has a deep chicken soup that is rich and cloudy. You can taste the difference in the rich umami savory taste in Marutama Ramen’s broth. The complexity of the soup flavors are built with heat, bones and time. All their ramen noodles…
Gyoza Bar Ramen Vancouver is brought to you by makers of both Miku Restaurant and Minami Restaurant. This gyoza and ramen focused restaurant is located in an old heritage building on 622 W Pender Street. Exposed bricks, rustic wood panels and soft light creates a warm, casual, contemporary environment. A seat at the kitchen bar is perfect and intimate. I love watching the staff in action.
Unami Lunch Duo 17: Your choice of ramen and 7 pieces of Pork Teppan Gyoza. +3 to upgrade to a large ramen. This is perfect to have the best of both worlds. Between two people, if you are thinking of ordering your own ramen and sharing some gyoza, we highly recommend this option.
Pork Tonkotsu Ramen 13.50: Aburi pork char siu and tamago in a tamari-shoyu broth. The broth is smooth, rich and thick. The house made noodles, al dente. Ajitama egg was a perfect soft boiled egg. This is definitely contending to be the best ramen in Vancouver.
Tomato-Saffron Seafood Broth Ramen 17: Chef Matsuoka signature dish. Classic ramen with tomato essence. +3 to add mussels, clams, prawns, scallops, chicken char siu and fresh herbs with ordered with a Unami Lunch Duo. The broth is fresh and exciting. I can’t wait to come back for another bowl. The ramen bowls are specially made by Hide Ebina to enhanced your culinary experience.
Teppan Gyoza 8 seven pieces | 16 fifteen pieces: Come to a gyoza bar, order some gyoza! Served hot in a sizzling hot plate. The gyoza were tasty with a juicy filling. They were crispy on the bottom with a soft heart. Only problem we had was it broke apart too fast and stuck to the bottom. But I do appreciate some soft skin. Teppan gyoza comes with two delicious sauces: spicy garlic soy and unami soy sauce.
We can’t wait to come back during dinner hours to sample some Spanish mackerel with wasabi chimichurri sauce and the free range chicken shio ramen!
Gyoza Bar Ramen Vancouver
Cuisine: Ramen, Japanese
LUNCH: 11:30am until 3pm (last call at 2:30pm)
DINNER: 5pm until 10pm (last call at 9:30pm)
622 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2S3
Kintaro Ramen Vancouver Downtown 金太郞 has long line ups. It is absurd, but I seriously do not understand what the hype is about here at Kintaro Ramen. Kintaro is dirty, the decor is dated and old, and they could seriously use some new utensils. Especially…
Nothing hits the spot more than a hot bowl of soupy substance when it rains here in Vancouver. We just said goodbye to October and November hits us with cooler, wetter temperatures. Of course, being a Vancourite we must have a thing or two…