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G-Men

3778 Sexsmith Road, #1101
Richmond, BC V6X3Z9
Tel: (778) 296-3779
Neighbourhood: Golden Village

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Go early to avoid line-ups
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

A few friends told me about this so I decided to check it out w/ my partner.
I love noodles esp the typical thick ramen noodles. I know some places serve the angel hair type but I don't like it. Anyways, their menu selections are minimal (not unusual). They have tonkotsu, miso and cold noodle. I normally order tonkotsu and their broth is super heavy & tasty but with no fat visible (compared to kintaro).
They're opened at unusual days. For dinner, it's Thurs-Sun from 5ish-10ish. We normally go around 5ish and sometimes we have to wait.
I say..go check it out if you're craving for ramen in Richmond.

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too few options
By lovingfood of Kerrisdale (90 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 1:56am [Dine in]

The ramen is good but not waiting in line good. I don't mind going there during less busy hours. I certainly wouldn't wait in line for a long time for that. It's not worth it. If there are two groups in front of me on a "not raining" day, it's OK. More than two groups (two tables of people), I would go to other restaurants.

I like it because it's more authentic and doesn't taste like Chinese ramen, if you know what I mean. But there are certainly many flaws discouraging me to go there more often.

Food: Authentic but only two choices of ramen. That's ridiculous. Don't you think? I have been to so many Japanese ramen shops in LA. Never have seen a menu that small. No matter how small the restaurants are, how small time they are, those mom and pop shops in LA give you many options.

Portion is small for men. It's enough for skinny girls. Taste is good enough. Toppings are all right.

Service: They are polite enough. No attitude and no mistakes.

Value: It's so so.

Ambiance: It's cozy for a small noodle shop. It has some decor to keep the Japanese theme going. It's clean. I like the display of the bike.

However, I figure out there's always a line during peak hour is because the shop is too small. It can only accommodate that many people. Of course you have to line up to get in. Maybe they should move to a bigger location?

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Overrated
By hungryfordinner of Vancouver (125 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

Food:
special soupless ramen (with cheese/kimchi/egg)<$10>, soup base ramen <$8.5>, takoyaki ($3.5>

The Special Soupless Ramen was a bit too al dente for my taste. It felt like it was a bit undercooked. Interesting combination of cheese, kimchi and egg though.

The Soup Base Ramen with fatty pork was really really rich. The soup was very rich, full of flavour, but no doubt terrible for your health.

Takoyaki wasn't that great. I prefer the kind with the chopped up octopus that Guu has instead of the ones here where there's a chunk of octopus.

Service:
Friendly service. Meals came quickly. I like the self-serve water (they give you a jug of water).

Value:
Not that great. With tax and tip, it was $26 for two people. The portions, while they look small when it arrives at your table, are actually quite filling. However, the cost isn't with par with the quality and ingredients. Considering there's so much competition for restaurants in Richmond, I was disappointed.

Ambiance: Small little place. Very 'authentic japanese' looking. Cute.

I probably won't be back...but it was nice to try it once.

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Too Salty and Oily
By 8there of Vancouver (66 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 9:51am [Dine in]

Went on a weekday for a late lunch and the restaurant was virtually empty. I was surprised at how few options there were on the menu...basically two choices of soup or soupless. Ordered shoyu ramen, and since I had a cold I was looking forward to a steaming bowl of comfort food. The service was quick, but I was bitterly disappointed with the food itself. A visible layer of oil floated on top, and the soup was very salty to my taste. The pork slices were fat with a bit of meat. Overall just not good. I love ramen and have eaten it all over town, and it's the first time I've been so disappointed. Sorry, not worth another visit.

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Kintaro Style Noodles
By Spelunca of Vancouver (45 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

Preamble: Sunday night dinner rush. Wait almost half an hour. Small place, efficient and highly in demand it seems.

Food: noodles are really Kintaro style but seems to be a tad smaller without as much ingredients. Anyone with a taste for the NaCl will enjoy the soup base but seemed to be over-salted by a third. Gyozas were cooked perfectly.

Service: efficient, friendly. Surprisingly good for such a small busy place on a Sunday night.

Value: not exactly cheap as the noodles are $8 and gyozas almost a dollar a pop, but quality counts for something.

Ambiance: small but clean. Again that should count for something.

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Not worth it just because of the service
By tekmosis of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

We went for lunch today (Tuesday) and the first 3 of our 6 to arrive were greeted and told that we couldn't get a table until all of our party arrived, just a table for the three of us (same table that'd fit the six of us!). A table seats four people and we had to convince the server to let us get a table in there very-empty restaurant.

Our orders were asked for promptly but was incorrectly taken down and was missed out on one order of Gyoza, which, isn't that big of a deal compared to the rude service.

The selection for lunch is very poor with a choice between three ramen dishes and two soupless mix in a bunch of side orders and you're pretty limited in what you can get. The Gyoza seemed like it was just store bought from T&T, the ramen was tasty but not the best I've ever had. I had their shoyu ramen.

We had a birthday cake with us and wanted to eat it afterward and the same lady who wouldn't seat us told us we couldn't have the cake there. I thought us Japanese were quite friendly but I guess not at this place. Although, the younger waitresses were rather pleasant.

For the lack of selection and the tad overpriced food (expect about 8.5 before tax for a small ramen) as well as the very unaccommodating service I would NOT recommend eating here. You'll get a better bang for your buck at the ramen place in the food court at Aberdeen, only a 10min drive father down the road.

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Overrated and Overpriced
By Show of Richmond (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 26, 2010 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

My title pretty much sums up G-Men.. I visited G-Men after hearing about a new ramen shop in Richmond. For ramen, they offered 4 choices: shio/shoyu in a chicken stock soup, and 2 soupless ones. I had the shio ramen with the chicken stock soup and quite frankly, for the price of $8.50 I didn't expect so little in terms of quality/quantity. If I remember correctly, the ramen had a grand total of 3 pieces of fatty pork. The pork tasted pretty good, but they were sliced really thin and were VERY fat. The noodles they served were the thinner type so if you enjoy the thicker "standard" noodles, you might be disappointed. The soup itself was quite flavourful but not in a good way.. first, I suspect there was extra MSG added to the soup because it was tasty but it made me very thirsty (these are tell tale signs for me because I'm quite tolerant of salty food/food with MSG so when I have food that makes even me thirsty, then they definitely have taste enhancers added to it). Second, the soup was also very oily and there was literally a layer of oil just resting on the ramen/soup. I'm not familiar with the making of ramen so I can't tell you if the oil's a part of the soup or added in by the chef but there was definitely way too much.

Good things.. they're open everyday (on Tuesdays too). The decoration and ambiance is quite unique, they have a lot of old, retro Japanese things around the shop including the music they play.

All in all, given the lack of menu choices and the mediocre quality and quantity of the food, I probably wouldn't eat here again.

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Finally see what the hype was
By ballin_eater of Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

Me and a buddy tried going here a lot times but was unsuccessful because they run out of soup base or closed but this time was the charm.

Food: Me and a friend ordered Shio and Shoyu ramen and a side of gyoza. The noodles were chewy and the ingredients were fresh. However, the amount of ingredients and the noodles were far less from other places like Kintaro or Benkei. The gyoza weren't the best as I found it rather bland, would recommend Gyoza King for better gyoza of course. The meat were slim and all were given was just fats so kind of a downer there. The soup base was a little salty for my taste.

Service: Although it was very busy with the line ups and all, the service was quick but the delivery of the food had to wait at least 15 mins.

Value: Not much value to be found at this place as it was $8.50 for a bowl.

Verdict: I could finally say that I tried this place, gave me a positive impression, however, I choose not to deal with line ups. 8 out of 10

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Decide on soup you want before you go
By lifeoffood07 of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 12:46am [Dine in]

My wife & I have been here twice in the last month and both times have been okay. It's nice to know that you don't have to go all the way to downtown Vancouver to have a good bowl of ramen. The place was packed both times we've gone. Service is okay although the food takes a little longer to come than the downtown places. The portions are good and prices good considering the quality. My only criticism is the type of soup base that is available depending on when you go. You have to go at lunch time to get the Chicken Stock Soup and Dinner Time for the Tonkotsu Soup base. My wife and I prefer the thicker noodles and Tonkotsu soup which is only available in the evening. We made the mistake of going for lunch and had to choose between the Chicken Base Shio or the Chicken Base Shoyu (both with thinner noodles). Okay but not as good as the Tonkotsu with thicker noodles.
If they had both soup stocks available all day, we'd definitely come more often. As for the side dishes, the gyo-za isn't very good and a little pricey for 5 tiny pieces. The Mini Chashu Don is a good deal at $4.50. Goes well with the ramen.

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Good for once-in-a-while
By anton of Greater Van (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 11:50am [Dine in]

Been there a couple of times. I really like their noodle texture which does not get soggy as you comsume, I think it's even better than Bankei's. The soup base is also pretty good. However, it leans towards rich and heavy. The other items in the soup are fresh and cooked well. But one complaint is the pork is way too fatty, probably with a 1:3 fat to meat ratio. As a result, the soup gets even greasier.

Yes, the selection is quite limited. But this is not unlike other ramen shops in town like Menya or Benkei. The side orders are just OK. So only go if you have a craving for noodles.

Typical Japanese service standards: smiley polite and efficient, can't complain there. And both times I went was during the workweek, so the wait time was not bad.

So if you like rich soup-based noodle, I recommend this place. If you like a lighter type, I think Menya is a more suitable choice.

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Good Ramen in Vancouver
By ryont of North Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 17, 2010 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

My family went to G-men on Sunday, May 16. We arrived around 12:30 p.m. and there were quite many people in line. We waited for about 15 min, and they managed to arrange our table.

For lunch time, there were only chicken stock soup base noodle available (otherwise, no-soup ramen are your choices) although I wanted to try Pork stock base noodle (Tonkotsu).

I have tried Shoyu (Soy Sauce) Ramen, and it was really good. Many people wrote it is expensive, but I found all Ramen noodles in Vancouver are around the same price. Pork slice on the noodle were exactly like the ones in Japan, I know they were fatty, but the pork in the Ramen noodle are always like that in Japan.

Compared to the noodle at Kintaro, soup was clearer, and taste better. (Kintaro's ones were too greesy and so many fat on the soup and I could not finish at all). Tasted like really closed to the ones in Japan.

We also tried Tonmeshi (BBQ pork rice) for $3, and it was really tasty too.
It is so hard to find decent Ramen restaurants in Vancouver, but this one was quite nice. I wish there were more choice to pick from.

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Too Expensive For The Quality
By Food4Real of Surrey (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 1:55am [Dine in]

I went here for the first time tonight with my wife and a Japanese friend. I often visit ethnic restaurants with friends from that same ethnic group so that I can make a more fair comparison.

We ordered Gyozas first. Not impressed. Although they were cooked nice, the taste was weak and similar to frozen Gyozas. 5 Gyozas for 5 bucks. Sorry, this was not worth it.

We then had Syoyu Raman & Miso Ramen. The Syoyu Ramen was ok, but was far too greasy, and the chasyu (meat) was too fatty. It seemed like the soup oil and actual soup were so separated it made the taste seem odd. It didn't mix well. The taste of tonkotsu soup was not authentic. I have been to Fukuoka in Japan and had real tonkotsu soup were it is famous, and this was nothing like it.

The Miso Ramen was ok but again, the miso and tonkotsu flavour didn't match well. It actually had a peanut flavour for some reason. Very disappointing. Same problem with the meat as noted above. The difference with this bowl was we added corn and butter to it. It didn't really add to the flavour. Probably due to the type of butter they use. In Japan they use high quality style Japanese butter. Here they probably use Superstore no name brand. Not good.

An after effect of eating this meal was we all became very thirsty after-wards for a few hours. So either they used too much salt, or they used MSG. I'm not sure.

Verdict on the food is: Too expensive, over hyped, prepared for people who have no idea how TRUE Ramen tastes. Not worth $9 - $10 a bowl. I can make just as good or better at home for around $5. This restaurant is WAY overpriced.

I'm also disappointed in the fact that they are actually Japanese! They have no excuse to make poor tasting Ramen for this price. The price at most for this soup should be $6 a bowl. They should be ashamed. If they served this in Japan, I'm guessing they would be out of business.

Verdict on the service is: Pretty good. The girls all working there are nice and friendly. Smiling and attentive. They all seemed to be Japanese, and acted accordingly to how they would in Japan. So no problem here.

The actual restaurant look and feel was nice, clean, and comfortable

Bottom line: Too expensive for average tasting Ramen. The slogan on their t-shirt says "cuz we make the best Ramen" Sorry, no you don't. We will not return.

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very good for only two noodle selections.
By I-like-pies of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

First time we tried this place the wait was too long so we abandoned our spot. Went back again this week and finally got in. With the seating, you have to have everyone present before you get seated, so make sure if you are meeting friends there, that everyone is present.

We ordered the only two noodle dishes available. I know that there were some rice dishes, but we didn't bother to really look at them. Also order the chicken wing appetizer.

Food came out rather fast. I figured it should, as there wasn't much thinking to do from the ramen chefs as there are only two bowls to prepare all night long. Very flavourful and very Japanese tasting. Compared to Kintaro, this restaurant is actually pretty good, considering only two choices. Kintaro should be the standard in which all Ramen joints should be compared to, I think.

As mentioned, the good thing about this restaurant is that they are staffed by Japanese, not Chinese masquerading in Japanese.

The chicken wing appy was steamed. I thought it would have been the deep fried type, but in the end the wings turned out quite tasty.

I like the decoration in there and I like the references to the old vintage Honda motorcyles in there, especially the Honda Cub and the Honda CB400SF in the back.

Personally if they added at least two more noodle dishes to the dinner menu it woud warrant more visits more often. They had three additional lunch time summer noodle dishes, but we went for dinner.

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overrated
By Mrs_cityhunter of burnaby, vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

Stop by for a bowl of ramen in a hot summer evening...bad decision.. they don't have ac.. Expected small menu and decent service. To me, their ramen soup base is too salty, do not understand the rave about how good their soup is... Even tho i've choose to add on dumplings, I still feel I didn't get my buck worth (total tax and tips is $10 a bowl) Unlikely to recommend this tiny restaurant to my friend.

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Good quality soup noodles, but pricy for Richmond standards
By pally777 of Richmond (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 4:17am [Dine in]

My friend and I checked this place out a several months ago when they first opened due to friends talking about this new place. When I first went inside I was a bit disappointed with the waiting space, but I guess it's to be expected of a small restaurant.

When we sat down, the menus were promptly delivered. We ordered two of their standard noodle soup dishes and a pork pop-sticker appetizer. While waiting, I noticed the interesting decor of the place. It looked like a bamboo hut and with closer inspection you can see the details they put into the tiny figures they put on the windows.

After about 15-20min the food arrives. I believe it was quite busy, that's why it took longer than expected. What I saw was a bit disappointing in terms of quantity for the price (approx $9-10). However, the quality of the food was pretty good. It wasn't exceptional, but pretty tasty. Although I wonder if the taste comes from MSG in the soup or not.

Overall, the place is worth a visit if you are craving ramen style noodles. However, for the price you pay, you'd expect a bit more in quantity in terms of the meats (only got about 3 slices of pork) and veggies.

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Great place for dinner
By BCA333 of Richmond (22 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

I haven't tried this place during lunch, but for dinner the menu is different apparently.

If you go to Kintaro and order the rich soup + fatty pork, you might like this place also. Although the soup is a bit on the heavy side, the over balance I found quite good. Although not a cheap place, the portion size and food is quite flavourful. I wouldn't really recommend this place to people that like lighter broths.

I've been there a few times and have always found the service pleasant. They're quite attentive and friendly in comparison most of the other ramen shops in town.

No complaints from me here.

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Whoa what is this?
By Groove Engine of Suburb (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

Went there for dinner last night because wife was out of town and my friend was in the mood for oriental food and suggested sushi at this location. They also have noodle soup. Anyway it is tiny specs of rice and thin slivers of fish that they presumably import from japan. Nothing added except you get to dip in sauce for cleansing and hygienic reasons as well as for taste purposes.

They have made an attempt at oriental decorations but it is meagre. Also the service was typically slow and unattentive. The whole sushi phenomenon is over I believe. $40 for two for little food. At least, got out fast since we wanted to spend the evening in each other's company.

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Tasty
By lovingmyfood of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 10, 2011 - 8:48am [Dine in]

I've gone here several times although (not in the last month) as it is near friends who like ramen and don't wish to take transit or drive far.

Pros:
-food comes quickly
-on a warm day they offer brothless ramen it's like a salad version of ramen ~ interesting
-food is yummy
-staff are friendly
-clean washroom
-funky decor (there's a motorcycle in the front of the restaurant)

Cons:
-not enough meat in their ramen bowls
-very salty broth
-staff are not as attentive as expected or perhaps they are simply not enough staff members
-not easily accessible by public transit

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Changes?
By mojofoodie of Richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 28, 2009 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

I have noticed some changes at G-men. The food is still very good.
some changes have had to take place due to the size of the food output and the limitations in size and staffing has had an effect on what is served when. Trying to have two types of soups and noodles is difficult, expecially with the volume that takes place. And to keep quality consistent they need to concentrate on one soup type. The lack of ingredients or dishes during the summer was tough, especially with some of the dishes that I like to order, but with the heat wave and the building not having the proper power, they were limited unfortunately. Maybe the building owner can do something about this and have it fixed.

Having been involved in the food industry it's important to ensure the best qualtiy possible, whenever possible. Foodies and forums can certainly result in a very positive comment or just the opposite depending on who writes in the forum. They can be both accurate and of course, misinformed.

Complaints about the portion sizes and so forth. Really, this is quite enough food for what you get. The most important thing that people tend to forget is that along with the upbeat service, you're getting something that is fairly authentic. The kitchen staff is run by Japanese ramen cooks. It's not one of those Chinese noodle shops disguised as a ramen shop. It's also not supposed to be a cozy dine in experience. It's basically an indoor version of a Ramen shack. Quick bowl of noodles done in a regionally specific form. (it's not Tokyo Ramen). It is wholesome.
Some movies to research this on is Tan Po Po and The Ramen Girl.
and if you like Udon. Check out the Japanese movie called Udon.
All three highly recommended and all go well with G-men.

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Who orders the supplies?!?
By kobefood of Richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

My gf and I have been to G-Men on several occasions. In regards to the quality of the ramen and the soup, we really cannot complain, it is simply delicious! This also includes the service, the staff has always been very cheerful and pleasing to deal with.

However, having said this, I come to wonder how a successful business such as Gyoza King, can consistently run out of food. On the several occasions that I have come to this restaurant, they have not once been fully stocked with all of their ingredients, therefore limiting customers from the already small menu they have. They've ran out of tomatoes, egg & greens salad, pork, ramen specials, and as of yesterday, the soup base for the ramen. Might I remind you that it was 9:30pm when we arrived to find the store closed with a sign stating that the restaurant had closed because they had run out of soup. We had even brought along a friend to introduce them to this restaurant only to find a 'Sorry, we're closed' sign hanging on the door!

Additionally, if we can make a suggestion, it would great that they stop using cheap Kraft grated Parmesan cheese used in the cheese egg salad (which was $5.00+) and instead, considering the price value, they would be able to substitute it with something of a higher quality.

The soup base is absolutely delicious, however, the lack of management is truly evident by the consistent shortage of supplies considering they simple ingredients such as tomatoes, eggs and greens.

Love the food, lack of management trumps all.

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