Submitted Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 6:59am [Dine in]
So I heard about this highly raved Ramen joint last month and I've been wanting to check it out but apparently they closed down for a few weeks due to some technical issues so I was left craving it for a while until I heard they re-opened recently and I had the chance to try it out a few days ago!
The ramen was awesome, I ordered the combo with the Ikura Don + Kara (Spicy) Miso which was just the right flavour as I know I can't take too spicy but this was just right! I also ordered a side dish of the pork jowl which was extremely tender and soft, delicious dipped in the soup! The noodles were just slightly overcooked but I think I'm nitpicking at this point. The Ikura don was what I expected, complemented the ramen really well. I also stole a piece of gyoze from my buddy and it was crispy yet juicy, which means it's good!
The service was very typical ramen shop-ish, they take your order and they leave you alone with a glass of water and a jug for self refill. They forgot about my pork jowl so I had to remind them about it, then I had to let my ramen sit for a bit while I waited for my meat (which could possibly explain the slightly soggy noodles)
The price, well it is a little bit more than pretty much every other ramen store in all of Vancouver but I guess they were trying to push out top quality noodle bowls, which still doesn't justify $14 for a noodle and small bowl of rice & fish eggs. My bill came out to just over $20 with tip which I felt was pretty expensive for this sort of meal, but I still gotta admit it's by far the best noodle I've had in this city. You also pay for the atmosphere because the place cosmetically looks way nicer than all the other ramen shops although you lose the traditional rustic feeling you get in grimier shops.
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Submitted Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 6:44am [Dine in]
I was here Friday a couple of weeks ago to hang out with a bunch of my buddies and I must say this restaurant was really nice!
For service, our waitress we had was always smiling and really friendly to us even though I could tell she was extremely busy with the Friday crowd! The place was completely packed! - Always a good sign! I don't think we felt like needing anything so we never had to flag her down. We had empty water glasses for a while but then of course we had the beer constantly flowing so that wasn't really an issue. For a minute I thought that we might have been too noisy because even the manager came over to say hi and talk to us a bit but I later realized that he recognized one of my other friends who's apparently a regular customer here and he turned out to be a great host, really nice guy, chatting with us and making sure we were having a good time.
Foodwise, we ordered a bunch of different tapas plates as I think this is what they specialize in so I can't pinpoint every dish that we had, we must have had 15+ dishes altogether. The ones that did stand out though were the Yam Fries, they were very crispy and nice & thick. The chicken karaage was great as well with a new twist of having 2 interesting dipping sauces with it - I've never seen that at other Japanese restaurants, cool. There a couple of tasty rolls too, samurai roll and this other roll with cream cheese, and I love cream cheese so that roll was heavenly!
The drinks were really good value too considering that we were in the core of downtown I haven't seen better deals around here especially with the great atmosphere, high ceilings & good looking people. Sure you can find cheaper beer in some hole-in-the-wall if you're into that sort of thing, but for what you get here, it's awesome!
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