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Takano Japanese Noodle Cafe

3242 Westwood Street, #100
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C3L8
Tel: (778) 216-0241

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Bang for Your Buck
By Pucca of Coquitlam (28 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

Food: YUMMY! Their portions are big and the most expensive item in their menu was only $8 the last time I went. I love how their ramen tastes so authentic and their soup is not just that msg crap you usually get from other places. It actually tastes really yummy! Also, there's a TON of meat in their Charsiu Ramen, unlike a couple of other places that I used to go to where there were only three thin slices of meat. This place gives you many thick slices. As said by the reviewer before me, their gyozas are out of this world. I always have to order some just because it's so yummy.

Service: I've been there when it's not busy and I've been there when they're super busy. Both times the service was exceptional. I expected the service to be mediocre when it was busy (because that tends to be how it usually is in most restaurants whenever the place is bustling with people); however, the service was just as great as when it wasn't busy at all!

Ambiance: For such great food, I actually didn't pay much attention to the ambiance. I loved how it felt nice and cozy though. It was as if I was in one of those small cafes where the owners know everyone there.

Overall: Why wouldn't I go back? The food is great; the service is great and the place is always nice and clean. I'm so happy that there's finally a restaurant that's as good as the places in Downtown Vancouer, without having to drive that far out. :)

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Good Food But Won't Return Ever Again
By ChatterBox of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

This is our neighbourhood restaurant and the food is really good. Recently, I was dining in and found a small little green caterpillar in my bowl. We didn't want to cause a scene and embarrass them so we waved the owner over and quietly told her about the bug while presenting it to her on my chopstick. She stared it, squinted at it and even pushed it around on a napkin and then denied that it was a caterpillar! We pointed out the fact that it was green with multiple legs and that it probably came from the vegetables. She still denied it and angrily walked to the kitchen and called her husband over. The husband came and examined the bug and ALSO denied it! He passed it off from everything from burnt food to part of a squid tentacle! I'm young with great eyesight and I've seen enough caterpillars and squids to be able to tell them apart. We asked for a new bowl and they agreed but LAUGHED at us for supposedly making a fuss out of nothing when their failing eye sights and ignorance clearly clouded their judgement in the examination of the bug! We felt like fools when we were right! Never again will we ever go back there! Such stubborn ignorant people!!

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Great Ramen
By notic of Pitt Meadows (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

Food: Great stock, excellent portions and nicely prepared. I'm glad there is a place outside of downtown to get some decent ramen.

Service: Nothing to complain about when it comes to service. I get seated right away and my order usually comes with 10min of me ordering. Great service.

Ambiance: Typical ramen house. I'm not complaining or anything, in fact I like it. Nice and simple.

Overall: This is a great place to get a quick bite. Its not very expensive (between $6-$8) so you get a pretty decent meal for the price.

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Don't believe the hype - This is bad ramen
By cvpro of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 16, 2014 - 9:20pm [Dine in]

I read the reviews and decided to give this place a try. I was a bit concerned because I was arriving at 12:05pm in the middle of the lunch rush and thought I might have to line up. To my surprise, when I got there, the place was empty.

Before the meal:
Pulled my chair out to sit down and the top of it came apart.
Menu was old and falling apart with stickers on stickers of price changes over time.
Table had some sticky film on top that seemed impossible to clean.
Prices were quite high relative to non-Downtown Vancouver ramen stores.
Ordered the vegetable ramen and side of Cha-Siu
Friends that were eating with me ordered the Teriyaki chicken on noodles from the menu. The server said "no noodles only rice."

Food:
I would have to say this is the worse bowl of ramen I have ever had. The soup was bland and tasteless and the vegetable consisted of ramen, cabbage, and sprouts. That's all. The Cha-Siu pieces were small and appeared to have been boiled a long time ago and kept in a fridge somewhere. Also, the bowl that the food was served in was old, scratched and half the inside design worn out from use. I should have taken a photo!

Service:
By the time we were eating, there were about 4 other customers there. My friends had to ask for a knife repeatedly from the server who kept walking on by. Eventually I was able to stop her and ask for a knife to which she replied "we don't have knives!"

This place is a dive and does not deserve your business.

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Takano Ramen makes me happy
By Jaydanna of Port Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 27, 2010 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

My husband and I started going here about six months ago after Moving to Poco and finding it on I can has noodles. We periodically have Ramen cravings so we go about once every two weeks.. ish.
We think it’s the best Ramen around. We have been to a few places in Vancouver and would visit Kenzo frequently when we lived in Burnaby, but we really like the broth here. The shop is clean and cozy, the service can be slow at times, but it's a mom and pop shop, and they are super cute and nice so I have no problems waiting for my tasty noodle bowl. We normally have the charasu Ramen but we have tryed the other types and like then as well.

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AUTHENTIC and DELICIOUS
By sierraleone of Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 11, 2006 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

This little Japanese noodle restaurant came out of nowhere! My friends were bragging about a new restaurant in Port Coquitlam and were telling me there was no point of going all the way downtown to enjoy a bowl of delicious and authentic Japanese noodles. I walked into the restaurant expecting mediocre food, but after tasting the "Miso Ramen", I was very suprised and satisfied. One very good thing about Takano is the food price and its under 10 dollars and they give you large servings so its definantley worth your money. The gyoza, i may add, is the best gyoza I have ever tasted in my life. Food taste is different for eveyrone and opinions may vary, check this place out for yourself and thank me later. -Happy Holidays people

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Inexpensive and Excellent Ramen
By Bridges of Downtown, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

If you love Japanese Ramen Noodle, this is the best place in Greater Vancouver. I sometimes passed by Westwood Street but was curious about the noodle cafe. I am really happy to have found an excellent Japanese Ramen cafe in Vancouver area. I tried all Japanese Ramen noodle cafes in Vancouver and Richmond but this is the one.

The Ramen noodle soup is exquisite. The Ramen itself is solid. Now I cannot imagine to go anywhere else for Ramen. Try, you won't be dissappinted if you are a Ramen lover.

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Hidden Gem
By gourmetlady of Port Moody, BC (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 2:01am [Dine in]

Although I've been going there for past few years but just forgot to write about this place. It is in the location where I never expected to find Ramen place. I recommend Char Siu or Chanpon in Miso based soup. I love the Gyoza they serve as well. It is just like the one my mom used to make. This is the best Ramen in Tri-City!!!

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Big disappointment!
By ChefRamsay of tri city (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

Having read the previous reviews, I just had to try this restaurant because I am a huge ramen fan. I went there tonight. First off, parking was a problem, but that's ok because I was convinced that the ramen would be well worth the trouble.

Menu selection is very limited compared to other noodle houses.

Shoyu broth lacked flavour.

Noodles were good, but overall taste of the ramen dish was simple and boring. Best ramen I've had is still in downtown Vancouver at a certain little restaurant. They have the same thick chewy noodles there but with more choices, ie. spicy beef ramen (which is ground beef made with a spicy red sauce) and ginger beef ramen, which is my favourite.

Prices at Takano were average.

Tried the California Rolls and Gyoza there too. Rolls were ok. Not the best I've had. Gyoza was kind of weird. The flavour was good, but the inside was all juicy and mushy. It felt like I was eating raw meat.

Overall, I would not go back.

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Uninspired ramen - why?
By sogo23 of coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

My wife had the one with the roast pork slices, I had the seafood.

My wife commented that the presentation is lacking and the broth lacked depth. She said her ramen was a touch undercooked or chewy.

My seafood ramen - vegetables, shreds of pork and the seafood - tiny scattering of pieces of tiny mussel, cut octopus and squid ring, appeared to be the frozen "seafood bits" I have seen sold at T&T Supermarket. My noodles were softer than the ones in my wife's bowl.

Somehow the ramen bowls we ordered did not meet the standard of what we have had elsewhere.

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Delicious Ramen! A must for all soup lovers!
By noneenoo of coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

We have been trying different Ramen noodle houses for over 10 years now. How
convenient that we found one closer to home and it be one of the best we've had!!!! Fresh egg noodles, mixed veggies,wonderful broths, (I prefer the Miso base), a selection of meats, steaming hot, extra large bowls of goodness! Once you try it, you're hooked. It's a simple yet perfect dish. A meal in a bowl, packed with flavor. The service is prompt and the staff are very friendly. We have already been several times and will certainly go back again, in fact I've just talked myself into having it for dinner tonite:) Try it, you WILL like it!

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Just alright.
By TCA of Coquitlam (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 1:55am [Dine in]

I am a frequent customer to this restaurant, and find it a fairly good restaurant to come and eat at.

I mean, it's not like they serve very impressive food. They buy packages of ramen noodles that COME with a soup base...make it..add on corn, bamboo, meat, green onions and serve.

If you are too lazy to cook your own..basically too lazy to cook your own instant noodles, they come here. I'm not saying it tastes bad, it's good. It does take a long time for them to cook though. But like I said, you're paying for them to cook you instant noodles.

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What a treat for mother's day!
By tanakakatsumoto of Burnaby, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

Deciding on which restaurant to go to for mother's day, my sister was roaming around the internet to find a delicious restaurant we can go to as a family; Takano popped up. Not being a large and well-known restaurant I was kind of hesistant of going at first. I ordered the chaisru (*not sure if its spelled right) ramen and wow! i was amazed. The thing that captured my attention was, not only were the noodles delicious but at the same time it was healthy (no msg or too salty) it was just right. My mom lives her life really emphasizing "living a healthy life", so right away i knew my mom would come back here for future get-togethers. Additionally, the gyozas are different in a good way. I am used to gyozas being a bit thicker and packed with just meat, but the skin of the gyozas at Takano are thinner and the insides are a mix of veggies and meat. In conclusion, my family and I think this restaurant is delicious and I'm proud of the fact that they promote making healthy food without destroying the taste.

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