Kawawa is a ramen restaurant that is sister to the AYCE restaurant beside it. Both restaurants fall under the "Kawawa" name. The broth is based on one created by a champion ramen chef in Japan.
I found that this place is great all around. I was walking in the mall and found this place, so I decided to give it a try. It was pretty awsome.
I haven't tried a lot of ramen places, but this place is not bad at all. Although I thought the portions were not very big. I thought it was perfect for me, if I wanted some side dishes too.
The waitress we had was very pleasant and quite attentive.
This place was quite inexpensive for the amount of food we got. For the two of us, we paid $15 for two bowls of ramen.
I would definately go back.
DON'T GO THERE. IT IS A FAKE "RAMEN SHOP" OWNED BY A KOREAN DUDE WHO CLEARLY DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING.
I am from Japan and have had ramen all my life. I must say it is probably the worst "ramen shop" I have ever been to, if we can even give it that name. Today I ordered miso ramen and there was so little soup in the bowl that I had a hard time slurping the noodles. The noodles weren't even authentic Japanese ramen noodles, they were some kind of weird store-bought thin Chinese noodles that were so tough to chew on. No real consistency that you can expect for ramen noodles. Authentic Japanese ramen should have its soup almost up to the top of the bowl, and the noodles should have great texture, consistency and thickness and be SUBMERGED in the soup. And one more thing, KIMCHI DOESN'T BELONG ON MISO RAMEN!! Just because you are Korean, don't assume that you can contaminate Japanese miso ramen with Korean kimchi. They don't go well together.
Not to mention the unfriendly, indifferent attitude I received from the waiting and kitchen staff from China or Hong Kong or who knows where. It is a far cry from the polite, smiley and courteous service you would expect from a true Japanese restaurant.
DON'T GO THERE, if you are looking for a real ramen experience. I was truly offended as a Japanese today.
Went there last night with my gf. Had their kawawa ramen which is a miso ramen. The broth is decent, the fatty pork is good but not as tender as it should be. Portion is not too bad.
Gf had their combo B which has a miso ramen and a small bowl or cha shu don. The miso broth is not as rich as in the kawawa ramen but tasted that they are from the same base. The cha shu don is ok, not too spectacular. Also had gyozas which are pretty tasty i must say.
Overall this ramen house is pretty decent. Like the title says, pretty good but not awesome. Would go again if shopping inside metrotown.
I live 5 minutes away from the Mall which makes me visit the mall quite often.
I was very excited when I heard that there will be a new Ramen place in the mall, because I always went to Benkei (The ramen restaurant in Downtown and it is such a hastle going there just to get ramen)
First time I went there, I was quite happy. The food was pretty good and all. I love their mini Cha su Don a lot. Once, I went there and ordered one bowl of Cha Su don and I replaced the original Cha Su-sliced to the Cha Su that the put in the mini ones. It is very good.
Last time I went there was last Saturday (Nov 21 2009). The mall was very busy because of the opening of New moon. I went there with my boyfriend. It took me 30minutes just waiting for the table when I noticed that there were a lot of empty seats. and then another guest with the same amount of party got a table first. Then, I had to wait 15minutes just to order. There was only one server for the night, and I noticed that a lot of customers were already pissed off, so one the manager came and helped. The service was very disappointing, I wish they could schedule more people to work and that way the customers would feel happier.
Decided to try this place based on good reviews and close location.
Service: In the beginning, it was a bit lacking seeing that there were only 2 servers on. Had to wait for a couple mins and was seated and the restaurant was just half full. After being seated, got my water and my order in. But getting my food was a different story, had to wait around 15-20mins.
Food: Ordered the Negi ramen, which had a really good broth taste, not too salty and noodles were chewy. However, the downfall had to be the cha shu pieces. They were pure pig fats on skin which I had to remove so I can survive another meal without a heart attack.
Verdict: As stated, first time and last time. There are other ramen house that tastes better and is better for servicewise. Out of 10 I would rate this place a 4.
Noticed a new ramen joint open right inside Metrotown mall, so decided to try it twice last week - once with hubby and once with a group of friends. It sure beats going to Denman in the sweltering heat and having to find outdoor parking.
Food: The ramen broth is almost as good as some of the best ramen places on Denman. The noodles are nice and chewy. Having tried the "original" (tonkotsu, I guess), shoyu, and miso bases, I have to say that my favorite is the miso. I also tried their cold ramen and the sweet vinegar based sauce was refreshing for a hot summer day. A friend tried the curry soup base and liked it - I shall have to try it some other time. The Kawawa ramen that hubby had tasted pretty good, but we had a couple of pieces of pork that were 80% fat - would have liked to see more meat on those pieces. The gyoza weren't so good. Although they were advertised as "crispy", they were not crispy at all. Then again, ramen is the main reason you eat here.
Service: Not bad. The wait staff were friendly enough, but sometimes service was a bit slow given the number of people in this part of the restaurant.
Value: Reasonably good, but not outstanding. The bowls of noodles were big enough. At $6.95 for a no-frills ramen you get only 1 thin slice of pork, although at $7.95 you'll get 4 slices (so ask for the "cha shu" ramen rather than having the ramen and then adding slices at $0.50 per slice).
Ambiance: Nice and new. Comfy seats that have chair backs (unlike other Ramen joints). The semi-private round tables are neat for a group. The down side was that they had a big TV and on our first visit some annoying poker show was on. At least the TV was off on our second visit.
Conclusion: Since we're much closer to Metrotown, we'll go there to satisfy a ramen fix instead of driving 40 mins. to Denman.
Probably one of the easiest places to get access to ramen. The ramen is not top quality but is decent enough for revisits. The service there is what I am quite amazed at, usually there are only 2 waitresses who would wait the tables but you do not really experience long delays nor would they mess up your orders.
The value is decent at a place within Metrotown (considering their rent) and the ambiance is nice. A place that I would often like to revisit.
After Taisho had a change of management with Kawawa (a subsidary of Aji Taro Sushi), I have decided to browse their ramen menu since the closest Ramen store I know of is in downtown. The place looks nice and it is quite crammed during fridays however was a Chinese run Japanese restaurant which caused points be docked in ambiance.
The service was quick and simple, they had about 2 servers there and at least 4 cooks. I didn't really care for the service as it was about average. I ate there 3 times, once to try its standard broth and the other the soy sauce broth.
The noodles were quite filling and delicious and I was happy that there weren't too many side orders on the noodle. just pickled bamboo shoots, a piece of dried seaweed and braised pork which becomes really tasty when soaked in the soup base. The soup base was what won me over, so savory and a bit salty that I finished the entire bowl. mind you the soy broth was a tad bit to salty to finish in one go.
I have say I am very happy about Kawawa Ramen, cheap, fast, and tasty
I visited this place with two friends based on another friend's recommendation. The restaurant is decorated nicely and has a comfortable ambiance but that's pretty much where the positives end. It took 45 minutes for our orders to come out which is a ridiculously long time, especially considering how small the restaurant is. After the initial half hour had past we asked one waitress what happened with our order. She never got back to us and when we asked a second waitress, she said that they were cooking it, but then proceeded to walk over to the computer and enter something in. I have a feeling she forgot to enter our orders. I wish I could say that the food was worth waiting for but it wasn't. The ramen as one of my friends described, tastes like instant noodles. Soggy instant noodles to be exact. I was not impressed by this place.
The first time I came here, I tried the Shoyu Ramen. It came with exactly one thin slice of pork, which tasted fine but was just meagre. There were also about 6 small slices of bamboo shoots and one small piece of dried seaweed. The ramen noodles were very good and the Shoyu broth rich and filling.
The second time I came here, I tried the curry ramen. The curry flavour overwhelmed any underlying flavours in the broth. It was just a bowl of hot with noodles, exactly one slice of pork, exactly 6 pieces of bamboo shoot, and exactly one piece of seaweed. I'm guesing there's an accountant in the kitchen.
By the way: You need to take a minute to read the "Dear friends" part of the menu, which reads like it went straight from Google translation to the printers! 8-)
i was walking through metrotown one day and i saw a ramen place so i decided to give it a try. since i am a big fan of curry, i ordered the curry ramen. my friend ordered the kawawa i believe and my other friend ordered the one with the spare rib. the curry broth has absoulutely no flavouring besides spicy. just spicy, not even a bit salty. the noodles were extremely spicy and i gave up eating it after half. the kawawa soup base was average and not extremely great as it had hints of alchohol in it. the one with the spare rib was delectable! but since i am reviewing for what i ate, it was absoulutely disgusting
service: average service, not that bad, seated us, got us tea, took our order and gave us our bill, didnt do anything like ask us how the food was
value: for what i ate. TERRIBLE, but i guess for the others its alright
ambiance: not that great as there is an awkward feeling because to get to the washroom ,you have to walk through the doors
all in all, if you go, get the one with the spare rib, NEVER THE CURRY
So I never go to the AYCE place beside it, but this little ramen place is pretty solid. Ramen's good enough, soup bases are quite nice, and it fills you up. Service is prompt, food comes out quickly. All in all, a good place to drop by if you're in the area and need a quick ramen fix.
My boyfriend and I decided to come here since its newly opened and there were many customers inside so it seemed like it was worth a try.
The server took our order and my boyfriend's ramen came first. Then I waited 15 minutes or so and saw that the waitress was going to every table and informing the customers that they ran out of soup base and that they are making it right now and have to wait 10-15 minutes for the soup. So I had to wait while my boyfriend had his ramen already. And it turns out that all the tables around us was like that too. One person is eating already and the other one is waiting for food. Why can't the food come all at once? It didn't make sense at all. Some customers just got up and left because they were annoyed. Why would a ramen restaurant run out of soup base? If they are that unprepared and cause so much inconvenience for customers then don't even bother running a business.
Service is horrible because you have to repeat yourself many times to get your message across to the staff. They seem to not understand anything. Service is poor and slow. I asked for a cup of hot water at least 10 times before I even got it.
Food is decent. I rather eat at Kintaro despite the parking and long line up outside. I will not be returning again.