Ramen Danbo is a new Japanese ramen noodle restaurant that took over the space from Zakkushi Kitsilano on 1833 W 4th Avenue. Seems like the ramen craze hasn’t slowed down one bit in Vancouver. Some recent ramen noodle shops like Jinya Ramen in Kerrisdale, Ramen Butcher in Chinatown and now Ramen Danbo in Kitsilano are popping up like spring bunnies. Goodbye, Kintaro (you were never good anyways!) I think I will add Ramen Danbo to my list of best ramen noodles in Vancouver.
Now, it is about regional style and thinner noodles. Kaedama (extra noodles) is an extra option to satisfy your hunger if the bowl is not big enough or if you just want to soak up more umami broth.
Ramen Danbo, brings traditional Fukuoka-style Kyushu Hakata Tonkotsu ramen to Japanese food fans in Vancouver. We liked the aroma of their our signature Tonkotsu broth. It is solid with a rich umami savory taste. They say on their website it is always made daily in-house with specially treated water, free from impurities. Vancouver’s finest water!
We like how you can choose your noodle firmness, broth thickness, and spiciness level (5x, 10x and 15x).
Classic Tonkotsu Ramen 9.45: Signature Tonkotsu Pork Broth. Pretty solid broth. The cha shu was tender and not overly fatty. Add a soft boiled ni-tamago flavoured with soy sauce egg for 1.50.
Blazing Hot Rekka Ramen 10.45: Five times the spiciness of the classic Tonkotsu Pork Broth made with Ichimi Togarashi red pepper imported from Japan. We liked the extra heat without overpowering the pork bone broth base. We added an ajitama egg also. The onsen egg was slightly over cooked.
Pan-fried Yaki Gyoza 4.75: Crispy skin. A moist crispy pork and scallion dumplings.
We’re pretty happy with Ramen Danbo and would definitely return. Remember to get the stamp card. One stamp per ramen ordered.
Cuisine: Japanese, Ramen, Noodles
Mon 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
1833 W 4th Ave Vancouver BC V6J1M4
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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
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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 the wooden spoons!. I bet some will disagree and I will end up with hate mail again. Aesthetics aside, service here at Kintaro is not superb. We asked to change seats when no one was waiting and the waitress told us our ramen is on the way and it is their standards not to allow customers to change seats. She was not very friendly about it. We were initially seated in front of the boiling pots and beneath heavy air ducts. Sorry that is not my ideal dining spot. It is hot and my vent is giving me a headache. I digress.
Kintaro allows you to customize your ramen order by choosing a rich, medium or light broth. Your choice of fat, lean or half/half chashu bbq pork. Seems pretty good. Easy enough!
BBQ Pork Ramen – medium broth, half lean / half fatty pork and added ajitama egg. The broth was not outstandingly delicious. Ramen noodles were al dente – slightly chewy and bouncy. My pork was dry, rough and where is my fatty pork? The egg? As you can see it is a regular hard boiled egg that I can make in 12 mins over high heat on my stove top at home. This is their ‘style’, I was told. The ajitama egg at Kintaro is, well not a perfectly cooked egg with a golden yellow gooey center. Pisser.
Cold Ramen with some seaweed, bean sprouts and garnishes. A light soy ponzu vinaigrette. Nothing special. I would prefer Motomachi Shokudo next door. As as for the overall ramen experience? There are plenty of really good Japanese ramen restaurants in Vancouver. Kintaro Ramen is hardly the best ramen in Vancouver. I suggest you head over to Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Ramen Sanpachi, Marutama Ramen. On their worst days, the aforementioned ramen restaurants may be even knocked it out of the park. Needless to say, I won’t be coming back to Kintaro for an overpriced, mediocre bowl of ramen noodles.
Kintaro Ramen Vancouver 金太郞
Cuisine: Japanese, Ramen, Noodles
Tue 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
788 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L5
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Motomachi Shokudo 元町食堂 is one of the many Japanese Ramen restaurants congregating in West End / Vancouver Downtown area; mainly on the Denman Street. With so many to choose from, yet these little joints still always manage to be FULL. We initially wanted to go to another ramen place, somewhere, tried-and-true where we knew we would get a hot hearty broth. The line up there was out the door (can you guess where?) and with the temperature plummeted to freezing, frankly I didn’t want ramen that bad.
There has to be some another! Something new (not that new now since they’ve been in operations for some time) we haven’t tried. Motomachi Shokudo, located a few stores down was actually not that busy.
It must be a common décor genre for ramen places to resemble the actual environment in Japan. Ramen joints in Nippon are all small and crammed. Motomachi is no exception. Although cutely decorated in wood bar tables, common long table, and rustic industrial painted concrete walls, the wooden stools were uncomfortable and not enough coat hangers to stash belongings.
Cuisine: Japanese, Ramen Price/Entrée: $10 – $15 Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent) Food: 4 Service: 3.5 Ambiance: 2.5 Overall: 3
The sticker price for a bowl was somewhat pricey – average $11.95 for a bowl. Perhaps this has to do with ramen noodles imported from Nippon Trends in San Jose instead of made in-house or simply located in the West End.
Light flavourful broth. It is not as salty and loaded with MSG as some other places. Thin ramen noodles cooked al dente. Comes with chashu and corn.
Despite the tasty spicy broth, this ramen bowl does not come with the usual chashu pork slices and ajitama soft boiled egg. You may order them as an addition. Chicken bits are somewhat dry but well seasoned. The chilli oil drizzled shredded onions, corn, and lotus roots were a nice for it added texture to the noodle bowl. The noodles used here are slightly thicker compared to the shio ramen; the reason for this? I have no idea. Cooked al dente. The Onsen egg was delicious with the gel-like yolk.
Bamboo-Charcoal Dark Miso Ramen
Somewhat newer to the whole “ramen” scene in Canada, is the play of use charcoal. The “cleansing” agent (traditional to Kyoto dishes) said to absorb toxins from the body; adds a smoky grey tint to the miso flavoured broth. This bowl is richer and slightly saltier when compared to the shio.
At first glance you may wonder why Motomachi lacks a selection of Tonkostu broths as so many would jump to conclude.
This is the healthier alternative when Chef Daiji Matsubara decided to opt his concoction in a chicken-broth based for a lighter, less oily soup, and lower fat content. However, this is not the only reason. Motomachi is actually a sister restaurant to the Kintaro. Therefore, if you’re looking for the Tokyo style tonkotsu pork based soup is shio (salt), shoyo (soy sauce) , or miso; whichever that may tickle your fancy, please hop over to Kintaro!
740 Denman Street, Vancouver
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