Been here twice now and both times I enjoyed ramen which is a little different than the other places in Vancouver (Benkei). The place looks clean and servers speak Japanese. The noodles are thinner than usual and more like soba. You get a choice of "fatty" soup and pork or regular lean soup and choices of Shoyu, Shio, etc. I haven't been to Kintaro or Santouka yet so hard to compare but for decent ramen in N.Bby, this may be the only choice.
This place is a serious challenge to the popular ramen restaurants by Denman and Robson in Vancouver.
I've been going here since it first opened. At the time, there were few customers and I was afraid it would eventually close down. 6 months later, customers started coming in and now the place is thriving - thank goodness because I hate having to drive downtown for a bowl of ramen.
First thing I have to say is that this place is CLEAN! We have a toddler and almost everyplace we go to - the restaurant baby high chair is filthy. Here it is spotlessly clean! This is a first good sign.
The menu is fairly simple and the prices are very good though they have recently changed the menu and I'm told some prices have changed but I haven't noticed the change. I normally order the vegetable shio ramen with extra cha-siu topping. I like this combo because the bowl comes loaded with a nice variety of vegetables (got to get my fibre) while the cha-siu topping keeps my carnivore cravings satisfied. The soup is very nice and not as salty as what I would find at Kintaro.
Service is very expedient and friendly though sometimes the server(s) get overwhelmed when the place if full. Usually there is only one server working there.
One time, my wife had a little bit of ramen left over and asked for it to be packed up. By mistake the server discarded it and the manager offered to take the entire amount off of our bill. This type of service would be unheard of in many other restaurants of this type.
This place deserves your business. Go there and try it out!