Kenzo is a noodle house in Burnaby that serves many different types of ramen. Besides ramen, they also serve other items like katsudon, ribs, and pork.
This little gem serves ramen, fried rice, gyoza and Korean dishes such as Ba Bim Bop, Kimchee, etc. because I think the owner/operators are Korean. Service is always with a smile and the prices are fair.
I go here often because I know the food is good and consistant; no surprises.
It may be called a "Japanese Noodle House" but most of the menu is actually Korean cuisine. The ramen is the prepackaged with preservatives variety as the taste suggests. It's decently portioned, more meat, etc, than you'd get at Kintaro's and slightly less expensive, but not as fresh.
From the meat in the Bi Bim Bap to the meat in the noodles, the beef seems to have been "treated" for having gone bad... The wrapping for the gyoza is made nicely thin and the contents are juicy and light.
I have mixed feelings about going back for more since I really do wish to try almost everything else on they have to offer, except, I'd be avoiding any of the beef dishes... which also means that one of my favourite things about Korean cuisine--the juicy well-marinated beef dishes--will have to be avoided. That's what's keeping me from going back. I can't bring myself to trying again to see if the food will be served with fresh ingredients all around.
Overall though, the service is great--friendly and warm. The room looks well-kept and clean. The booth tables by the window are slightly awkward to sit in since the height of table to seat is a little too close for comfort... one being higher than it should be, while the other being too low.
I think this place is more like Korean house than Jap Noodle house. But other than that, their Ramen noodles are very good! In the first 2 pages of the menu, they have assorted noodles to choose from. Other ramen houses serve only 2-3 diff ramens.
We had their Shio ramen, which was a little small but their soup base was addictive and probably does not contain msg. The chewy-ness of the noodles met my expectation. We also had this special spicy noodles w/ lots of veggies. That bowl was huge! Also their soup base was addictive.
I will definitely come here again. I don't always like to go to Downtown to eat ramen.
This place has limited parking spaces but when we went, which was a weekend, there were lots of availability.
Tried this noodle house for the first time and had a pretty good experience. The food was satisfying and good they have straightforward comfort foods like ramen in soup, gyoza, rice, and noodle dishes. Like previous reviewers mention, this establishment is more Korean than Japanese although they do have some Japanese ingredients here and there. Service here is pretty good the servers (two girls) were polite and very accomodating. Ambiance is alright nothing really special but overall quite clean. I will definately return here again and again!!!
I've been coming here for a couple of years now. This past week, we've been here twice. Both times, we were greeted by a sweet Korean girl who seems to work the lunch hours. I agree that the food tends to seem more Korean than Japanese, but I'm no expert.
The menu has 10 noodle selections that each have a different broth base. I ordered a spicy miso-y ginger one that came with bean sprouts, sliced pork and a few mushrooms. He ordered the King of Kings and then the spicy chicken one. I haven't tried any of the non-spicy noodles and when I asked the waitress to pick between a spicy one vs. the pork bone, she picked spicy.
You get a good dose of MSG here, but the noodles taste great and you get the satisfaction of a long chew. Cool off with the pickled daikon ($1) if the noodles are too spicy.
The wood tables are tight if you're a big person with big thighs.
BONUS! If you're a bbq'er, next door is a Korean meat store that sells marinated meats! Yummy!
Kenzo is one of the better ramen shops in the Burnaby/New West area. Fairly inexpensive ($8-9) for a large bowl of noodles and toppings. Food is also relatively inexpensive, with a good selection of Japanese and Korean dishes.
Service is quick (they use the "service" buttons on the tables which you see in many Korean restaurants).
Ambiance is quite good, small booths and wood tables are good for a comfortable environment.
Beware - this place is Korean, not Japanese.
The food is good and well presented, the place looks very decent and it is pleasant to dine there. But if you are expecting authentic Japanese ramen (as advertised), then you won't get it there. What you will get is a noodle soup of an unknown origin. Tasty, but not Japanese.
They do have a variety of Japanese style soup ramens but they also have a good selection of Korean style soup noodles as well. I actually haven't tried anything but noodles there; after all, it IS a noodle house. Their noodles always come piping hot and el dente. They're also quite fast with your orders, which I think is pretty impressive. The service is good; they are polite and fast. I especially enjoy their corn tea, which they serve you when you sit down. I highly recommend Kenzo any day, hot or cold...just as long as you want noodles in soup.
We went a few weeks ago and were pleased with the quality of the food without the crazy lineup like at kintaro on denman. So it's nice to have found a place to have a good bowl of ramen without having to drive all the way downtown. We had the seafood ramen and a spicy pork one. Service was efficient and pleasant.
I would've give 4-5 stars for their food but they've gotten worse. Before, their pork in the ramen was cooked whole & then grilled. Now it just tastes like they slice it raw, then grill it. Definitely gonna keep searching for a better place for ramen.
The pork bone ramen is a rip off cuz it comes with nothing. The other ramen are ok.
Went with Mrs. Dragon to try this place on a reccomendation for its noodles. Got there about 8:45pm on a Saturday night. Not busy with about 6 other tables seated. Was seated right away, staff seemed very friendly, asked the waitress what her recommendation was and she was pretty knowledgeable about the menu. We ended up trying their ramen noodles w/chicken, bibimbap and gyoza. The noodles came quickly and was nice and hot. First impressions were that it was a pretty decent sized bowl, took a taste and the soup was delicious. Noodles were done just right , not overcooked at all. Second came the gyoza, whioch were decent nothing special but was only warm not hot. Lastly came the bibimbap, that too was just decent, slightly bland, needed a little more seasoning. Overall, I would definitely recommend this place for its noodles but the rest of the dishes were decent also.
Good variety of food from ramen (noodle soup), to barbeque and seafood pancake! While the barbeque skewers and edemame is good, their specialty is ramen and it shows. With many different choices of ramen, there's a type for almost everyone. Table and chairs are solid wood, but can be a little awkward to get in and out of due to their design. They have a neat wireless call system incase the place gets busy. Place seemed clean. Parking in this strip mall can be difficult in the irregular small lot.
just moved in the neighborhood and decided to try it out late last night...the menu is limited, with ramen and some other popular korean dishes and appys...i had one of the spicy ramens, and it was pretty good...soup base was spicy, but not too spicy...ramen was better than instant kind...ramen is not as authentic as Kintaro ramen, but good nonetheless...good value...will go back again.
I had the King of Kings ramen at Kenzo, and the bowl was huge. Despite that, the portions weren't overwhelming as it seemed initially, though it was filling. The ramen and the soup was delicious. Service was polite, albeit minimal. The button at the end of the table to call for the server is very convenient. All of the times I've dined at Kenzo, it hasn't been that noisy even when the restaurant is full. The seats are comfortable but not very spacious for parties of 5 or more.
This Japanese noodle house served both Japanese and Korean noodles and dishes. It was an ok restaurant, nothing special or over the top and nothing bad. I had the seafood udon and found the shrimp hard to shell with a pair of chopsticks, a spoon, and hot broth. Plus, the shrimp weren't de-veined, so that was kind of gross. My husband had the chicken teriyaki, which was better, but it was topped with shrimp flakes and he doesn't like fish (and didn't order a fish dish). The menu offerings were limited and not very original. We're not sure we'll go back.
I 've been to two of Vancouver's popular ramen place, Kintaro and Benkei, and Kenzo is certainly at par with them. The noodles were served abundantly and the soup is always tasty. my favourite is the spicy one, i think it's number 5 on the menu :)
The service was quite alright considering they only have 1 waitress on a busy weekend night, but she smiles all the time and check with us every now and then.
We found the dishes to be a bit more stingy that we were used to having - #1 on the menu having only 2.5 slices of pork. Another dish a miso vegetable dish, used cheap cabbage + sprouts + green onions + baby bok choy + wood ear mushroom.. very, very salty also. Good prices - $6.95 to $8.95. Didn't try any appetizers or Korean foods on the menu.
Service was friendly and quick. Much better than the average tea house-style restaurant.
The furniture is quite neat as the tabletops are made out of single pieces of old-growth wood. This improves the "wood" nature feel.
Overall, a great place for college kids to hang out.
Place is fairly new and we have been there 3-4 times in recent weeks. Great noodle soup, gyozas and a wierd complimentary corn tea. Nice to have a soup place in the area. This neighbourhood does not have very many good restaurants. If you're in the mood for a hot, fresh noodle soup, give this one a try.