Ajisen Ramen is famous for its white broth and tasty, healthy noodles. A lot of toppings to choose from and they also serve BBT. Located in Parker Place Mall.
Food: I admit, I am new to ramen and haven't had many to compare Ajisen to. However, other than the soup base being a little too salty, I thought it was good overall. My partner had the tenderous ribs ramen and I had the Ajisen ramen. Loved the flavors of both, but wish the meat was a little less fatty. Bubble tea was from powder but tasty... overall, not a bad place for lunch.
Service: Wish I could give a better rating here. We showed up after the lunch rush and there were only two other tables. There were at least 4 servers talking amongst each other at the counter but we had to wait to be seated. Had to flag them down for ordering and the bill. Tea was never refilled, no one asked how the meal was, nor did they offer an extra napkin after I used mine to clean up a spill (which the server saw). Maybe I'm asking too much for a $10 ramen joint, but cmon... there's like 4 of you -- do some work! =)
Ambiance: Hot pink! And black! And a giant statue of a girl holding ramen! What's not to like? Clean, professional with decorative flare. Casual and fun. Me likes a lot.
It's a nice restaurant that can not be accessed inside the mall. It's located at the back entrance of the mall (if that makes any sense).
I've been here at least 4 times and it's always yummy and consistent. When I first saw that bowl of ramen, I was a little unsure. The soup base was white! But one sip totally took me to another place. It's surprisingly tasty! As for the noodles, they look like spaghetti. But ofcourse they are just in a different form of ramen from what we're used to eating. I've tried it w/ bbq pork, fried pork chop and veggies. They are equally good.
I will definitely recommend anybody to go try it at least once. On a cold day esp in Vancouver, you can't say no to a nice hot bowl of ramen noodles!
Ajisen Ramen has outlets all over Hong Kong and I tries several when visting there a few months back. A great place to stop in for a quick, cheap and decent bowl of ramen. So I was looking forward to checking out the fairly new Richmond location in Parker Place mall.
The decor is an in your face shocking pink that takes a little getting used to. I actually quite liked the ambience. I found the ramen to be quite satisfying, a decent sized bowl; and yes, a little thin on the pork. But very good value and taste overall.
Service was prompt, friendly and helpful. Food arrived quickly, but couldn't catch a servers attention when it came time to pay. No big deal though.
The thing I love about Ajisen is you're in and out, barely have to wait for a table most of the time. The soup base is really tasty, I love the spicy pork ramen here!! Sprinkle some spicy powder and garlic bits and mix it all together hmMMM yumMMMY!! The appetizers are quite nice too, a few of my favorites are the deep fried chicken and the pan fried gyozas.
Like others the pink decor stood out upon entry. But another thing that caught my attention was when one of the waitresses shouted out "issaimassen"....wtf? Totally butchered the word for welcome in Japanese. However the manager was spot on and I suspect he's spent some time in Japan. Anyway we ordered the ramen, so that's the only thing I'll comment on from the extensive menu. Like others here they questioned the authenticity. I didn't expect much knowing full well that this isn't an authentic restaurant in the first place. However the noodles were not the ramen-type noodles. They seemed like something that was taken out of a box. Luckily for the soup it provided a tasty meal. It's just a noodle place.
Passed by this place a few times, so I decided to give it a try with my girlfriend.
I had the hotplate chicken ramen. Very tasty broth but had only corn niblets and bean sprouts in it along with some sort of imitation ramen that was more like Italian pasta. Chicken was ok. Girlfriend had less traditional Thai tom yum broth ramen with only 4 pces of thin sliced pork and 1/2 hard boiled egg.....she said it was quite tasty. Texture of the "ramen" was not even up to par of a $.50 bag of dry Sapporo Ichiban noodles w/flavor pack.
Cost was $7.99 and $7.50 respectively for my ramen and hers. I think the value is very poor because of the low quality ramen and few ingredients. Would be better off eating Chinese or Vietnamese (Pho) noodles at $5-$7. Service is what you would expect at any other $ - $$ Chinese-run restaurant in Richmond ie poor to mediocre. I suggest you try eating elsewhere.
My S.O. was craving ramen and it was like Antarctica outside so Ajisen seemed like the perfect place to cozy up and enjoy something hot before we head over to the theatre to watch Harry Potter. This was the first time I've gone there, so when I stepped inside and saw the layout..I was really giddy. Why? Because there was a lot of pink and there were comfy booths for us to sit in! I ordered the miso ramen and he ordered the kimchi bbq pork ramen. The meat that came with the ramen were big portions and I actually wanted more since it was so delicious. My miso was a little too salty though. I had to drink a lot of water. Our waitress was very polite, and she refilled our water and tea without us having to ask. Overall, good dinner!
If you are looking for a bowl of kimchi ramen without kimchi, this is the place!
I went there with couple friends and my husband yesterday for lunch and ordered a kimchi ramen. When it came, I couldn't find any kimchi in my bowl. I first thought they probably gave me the wrong item, so I called the waitress over. She told me they were out of kimchi. So I asked her why she didn't tell me that when I ordered? She didn't say anything, and no apology. At this time, a man in his 50's, not in uniform, probably the manager or the owner walked by and said: "kimchi ramen is ramen with kimchi soupbase". However, the picture in the menu clearly shows lots of kimchi on the noodle. Again, no apology from this guy, neither did anyone offered to let me switch to a different item.
My friend that ordered a miso ramen received something different as well. Another thing that bothered me was that the bean sprouts they put in the bowl was uncooked. Uncooked bean sprouts contain salmonella, and even the Pho noodle places fully cook their bean sprouts before they bring it to the customers now. My husband had diarreah few hours after his ramen.
We are very disappointed about this place, and will never go back again. There are lots of other choices in Richmond. A restaurant like this really should not be around.
Based on the feedback from a blogger in Richmond, a co-worker chose this place for Friday lunch. So it was a matter of getting there before the lunch rush! After going through the crazy roads in Richmond (mainly due to construction), we got there to find a packed full parkade. Fortunately, there was a car leaving, so the wait wasn't terribly bad.
At this point, knowing that parking spaces were at a premium and seeing a full parkade, I thought this mall must be doing quite well. Wrong, to an extent. The strip mall was sort of empty and the restaurant itself was not packed full (it was noon sharp when we entered). So, we sat and our really friendly (and over enthusiastic I must say) waitress gave us the menu. I settled for a spicy BBQ pork ramen, while my coworkers had similar ramen dishes. Our drinks came after a couple of minutes. In the meantime, the place was still empty. The side orders arrived first - I had the agedashi tofu and was surprisingly good. Grated radish contrasted quite well with the fried exterior of the tofu. Just as we were about to finish our side orders, the bowls of ramen started to arrive. I must say I was totally disappointed - I was expecting the ramen to be fresh but some of them in my bowl were still stuck to each other - as if they were refrigerated and re-warmed. Not necessarily bad but I would have expected they have had a bit more care to ensure the noddles didn't end up "glued" to each other. The soup was tasty but I have had better. The biggest disappointment was the BBQ pork. Imagine four or five slices the size of a loone each but almost paper thin. That was all the pork it was in the whole bowl. For some reason, I felt cheated (and it wasn't as tasty as I hope it was going to be).
Service was excellent. Our waitress dropped by to ensure everything was OK (to those who care) and glasses were full. The ambiance... Well, the colour definitely didn't work for me (too much pink).
Overall, I am disappointed by this place. Sure, it was a cheap meal (around $10, each ramen bowl), but there was no wow factor. In fact, I have had better bowl of noodle in some food courts.
maybe because i was eating there early before the lunch rush, but the noodles left much to be desired. the bbq pork was tasty, as well as the broth. the gyoza's were stuffed with goodness and not just mush. the inside is fine and definitely a lot more spacious than the downtown ramen places. would consider going back, but the noodles... the noodles.
I agree with the review before me. It doesn't taste like real ramen. more like chinese instant noodle. The broth itself i cant taste what it is made of... pork? chicken? not quite sure since the over whelming amount of fried garlic taste. that's all you taste. and on the table there's a container with more fried garlic in case its not enough. i feel that there are more chinese food there than Japanese.
One good thing bout what we ordered was the agedashi tofu. one of the better ones out there.
but for noodles, i'll have to pass.
I know, yes it is, but not in the traditional sense of ramen.
I've heard many stories about this place, some good but mostly bad. It's not a Japanese restaurant in a sense. The people that work there are not Japanese and the cooks. I'm not sure are Japanese either. The soup does taste great, but there is that aftertaste and a sense that you are thirsty. Could it be way too much ajinomoto? The noodles....... oh poor poor noodles. Why serve this if it looks like and italian variation. I know, I know, yes it is ramen..... but......well, whatever.
It's a franchise or so it seems. I just think that they could try to make it a bit more authentic without being so....... It's just that when you go to a real Japanese restaurant you know it's going to be clean, friendly, happy, efficient and tasty. And you won't have to worry about getting crazy thirsty after a bowl of ...ramen. I hate to say it, but I think very few Japanese will go to eat here a second time.
I found out the reason the service was so poor here after talking to the girl that works there: the waitress doesn't get ANY TIP!! The owner swallows all the tip and just pay the waitresses minimum wage.
What's the point of paying tips if it doesn't go to the hard-working waitresses? Don't even bother going there.
I have to admit I was disappointed when I first tried this place. Although the food is not bad, it's just not ramen. Service is very dull, you need to flag a waitress to get any sort of service. Oddly enough, I sometimes have a craving for their food. It's not bad at all, just marketed incorrectly. Recommended if you're just craving some soupy noodles and don't want to drive downtown or lineup for 30 mins.
I went to Ajisen Ramen with my friends a month ago and was tremendously impressed that they have added much more to their menus than they had first opened. Thumbs up here.
The server took our order and in no time our food was ready; however, when our orders came, that's went everything started going downhill.
My friend had ordered a beef teriyaki, but received a chicken rice dish instead. What the picture had shown on the menu was not even the same as it came on the plate. What disappointment. We told the server that it was wrong and they corrected but they didnt give us a new prepared plate, but rather just took the chicken and sauce and replaced it with teriyaki.
My friends and I who have ordered ramen were not impressed with the servings given. I ordered I believed a beef ramen and they gave me I'd say 4 thin slices of beef with not much ramen to make me full. This is not my first time here and a year ago, my ramen bowl wasn't that unfulfilling.
Anyway, I'm really disappointed in their ramen. The rice dishes are only average as well. So if you come here, don't expect big servings. Dont expect to be full.
Also, the servers had too much time in their hands... they were just talking amongst each other most of the time.
Another thing I should mention is that the door handle to the washroom is broken... Umm.... no good comment here.
Double thumbs down!
Ajisen Ramen is a chain store that has stores everywhere. The one in Parker Place is a chain store opened by a Chinese person. So it's not exactly "authentic" Japanese. If you want that, go to Motomachi, Kintaro, etc.
The only two things I don't like about this place is the noodles (they are too hard, round and small, I prefer the traditional ramen noodles), and the PRICE. Way too pricey for what it is. For that money I'd probably rather go try Motomachi.
Anyways, if you actually go there, try the Spicy pork ramen. I love that soup and it's actually REALLY spicy. Don't get more than medium if you're just an average spicy person.
I would go again someday, if I feel like getting spicy pork ramen. I haven't been in almost a year though.
Pretty good Ramen noodles for mall food. We were a group of three and found the service was fast and the food was piping hot despite the mall being very busy. The broth was tasty. A second visit six months later yield similar quality and service. Although the workers do not appear to be Japanese. This restaurant is still a good standby restaurant.
I went there for the first time today for lunch. The entire meal took 30min from the time we sat down until the time we got the bill, a great place to go if you don't have much time for lunch.
I've heard mixed review from my friends and family. Although I haven't had the chance yet to experience the authentic ramen in Japan, I feel that the quality is consistent with other Japanese ramen places in Vancouver (I'm thinking of the ramen places on Robson).
The pink decor is unusual, but promotes an ambiance that is quite different from other Asian noodle places.
Will I go back again...only if I happen to be in Richmond. Otherwise I'd hit the places on Robson instead.
One of my favorite place to visit, when it's rainy and cold outside. I live near downtown and it usually takes me about 25 mins to get there, but I must've been eating there a lot, since waitstuff started to recognize me and my friend. Ramen here is different from what you get in kitaro, Motomachi Shokudo, or Benkei. I was told from my Japanese friend that the broth is more like southern style with milky and opaque texture. I tried their Spicy pork, Soft Rib, kimchi bbq ramen and all dishes were outstanding. Noodle is little thinner and genetic looking than other ramen places mentioned above, but nevertheless cooked to perfection with right amount of tangyness. Service has been pretty good so far. Try them out!
i ordered a curry pork with rice. The curry was watery and not at all like the Japanese curry that's usually served at good restaurants. The food seemed like it was microwaved because it was not even warm, it was almost cold. Ordering pork, i expected a pork chop like in the picture but what came was the type of meat that is thinly sliced for hot pot. It was all bunched together and cooked very poorly like it had just been boiled to ensure that it wasn't raw and that was it. No skill required. I had to call several times because the waitresses noticed. They were all standing in a group chatting away and not even noticing the customer. The order came slowly and after the long wait I was served with such poor food. Not to mention the price is not cheap for the kind of food served which is low quality. All in all I will never come back again and I would never recommend anyone to eat here. The food court at Parker Place serves much better food than this restaurant.