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Menya

401 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Y1R4
Tel: (604) 873-3277
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Soup
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon: 11AM - 9PM, Tue - Sat: 11:30AM - 3PM & 5PM - 9PM, Sun: 11:30AM - 3PM
  • Tonkotsu Ramen, Japanese Noodles (Soup)

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Just allright
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 9:41am [Dine in]

Have been to many soup noodle places before but never tried Menya which is near Cambie and Broadway. Had the Tonkatsu noodles and made it a box set which includes gyoza and a rice ball. The soup base was pretty good but the noodles were average with the pork not very tasty. Very small portions with very little corn and bean sprouts. The gyoza (4) were good, nice thin wrapper. The rice ball was really a triangle of rice with some pork inside, just Ok. For the price, $7.50 for noodles and $3.50 more to combo, the value is just average. Would of preferred Pho or wonton noodles. Service was very good with the restaurant pretty basic. Would not return.

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Soo delicious!
By Denise's Pieces of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 4, 2011 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

I love Menya noodle! My favorite is the Tan-Tan-Men with added egg and Bamboo shoot. The presentation is so cute. I usually avoid ramen places because I can never finish my bowl, and they won't let you take the rest home. Seems like such a waste.This place let's you take home what you can't finish! I can't think of any other ramen place that allows you to do that.

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Addicted
By ahaggman of fairview (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

I'm addicted to the Shoyu Ramen with Chicken. I'm trying to limit myself to once a week, but I could easily go more often than that! The staff is also very friendly. A welcome addition to the neighbourhood! The portions are the perfect size - always eat it all, but definitely full after that. For non soup lovers, the Tan Tan Men is a favourite of my lunch mates.

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Great for a Gyoza lover, awesome service
By tuscanteal of North Vancouver, B.C, Canada (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

I've had their noodle bowls and I am not a huge fan of Ramen noodles, but their seafood one is very good and is a huge portion, I can't finish it. What they shine for to me is their gyoza. They are authentic, fresh to order and just little dumplings of goodness... I order two orders sometimes to make a lunch out of it. You get 8 little dumplings for $4.80.

It's hard to find good, authentic and fresh gyoza that don't have that already-been-pan-fried taste. The servers look at me a bit weird when I order two orders, but I don't really care. They are all sweet Japanese students or immigrants. They try really hard to speak English and have that cute and polite Japanese way about them. I have never had poor service at that place. They know how to treat their customers.

This review might not be the best for the soup, as I am not as well versed in ramen as I am in pho, but all in all you shouldn't be disappointed if you know what the soup and cuisine entails. As other posters have said, this soup is authentic pork soup. There are a couple other options, but the specialize in the pork bone broth (to which I am not a huge fan of).

I discovered this place because one of my friends loved their soups and I met her for lunch here. I was a bit turned off at first with their lack of menu choice, but I ordered the gyoza and come back for them every time.

YUM!

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Good Ramen Place in Vancouver
By FoodAdventures of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

I finally tried Menya few weeks ago for the first time after hundreds of times that I drove by the restaurant. All the staff were Japanese, so I anticipated authentic taste. The ramen came quickly. My wife had the Kyushu tonkotsu ramen and it was delicious. The noodles were thinner than the usual ramen and had good texture. My son had the Nagahama ramen and he was happy slurping it all in. I had the Nagasaki champon and it had lots of vegetables. The size was quite large, considering it was almost $10 compared to all their other ramen at $7 to 8. We had the ramen set with the gyoza and rice ball. The gyoza had thin skin and the filling was tasty. The rice ball was just ok as it did not have much flavour. Our 3 different soup flavours were all good.

The service was attentive and fast. The waitress was friendly.

The value was reasonable and inline with other ramen places. Menya does give more noodles than other places. I have been to Kintaro once and have not returned due to their small portion and long line ups. We did try G-Men in Richmond and I found the soup is the best, but the noodle portion is small.

The ambiance is casual and decorated in Japanese style. The tree stump stools adds to the natural and simple style of the restaurant. I will go back to have hardy noodles.

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5th time around
By ravingfoodie of downtown, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

Still loving it. I know my ramen. My wife knows her ramen. This is a great ramen-ya. I've been reviewing some of the negative reviews and judging by the class of restaurants they have been to it's rather obvious why they give this a less than positive review. This is tonkotsu ramen.. it is pork based and pork tends to be on the fatty side. If you don't like pork, don't eat here.
Menya is not intended to be a fancy restaurant nor like those pseudo japanese all you can eat sushi restaurants who serve fish that has it's best before days gone waaay past. It is simply pure noodles. Great tasting, reasonable priced, and enough to make your tummy feel happy.
Enjoy the noodles here. It's the best value in Vancouver by far.
Yes, i've been to Kintaro, Benkei, Motomachi Shokudo and they too are good. Again, nothing fancy but Menya stands heads and shoulders above them. Plus I like the fact you don't have to pay the price of a bowl of ramen for parking at Menya

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Won't be back.
By Vanlay of Vancouver (Fairview) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

My friend and I thought we'd give it a try, we both ordered different dishes. An hour after I left I had terrible stomach cramps followed by "fire hose" diarrhea. I called my buddy to see if he was sick too and he reported an immediate trip to the bathroom that was not unlike the sound of a boat motor only half in the water.

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More To Be Desired
By drivethru of Port Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

After reading a positive review in the newspaper I decided to head down the give this japanese ramen resturant a try. To be on the safe side, I decided to go with something generic and ordered the basic ramen with cha shu (very similar to bbq pork), bamboo shoots, some type of veggie/fungus, and some red ginger. Instinctively thinking that the portions might be on the lower end, I added some gyozas and a japanese rice ball.
Boy was I right, the portion for seven bucks was nowhere near what I expected. There were exactly three pieces of meat and a lot of other veggies. The amount of noodles is comparable to a pack of instant noodles. Sure the ramen itself was quite good but the soup was a tad bit on the salty side so in the end you did not really taste much. The only positive was the gyozas- perfectly fried and was nice and soft on the inside. Waitresses were very nice, quick, and friendly but since I was one of the only ones eating then can't really judge that service overall if it had been busy. On the positive it was nice and clean with traditional japanese decour that complimented the food quite well.

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Looking forward to returning.
By pallonia of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

I am not a big ramen expert, in fact the first time I ate it was at Menya. I would definitely reccomend this place and was really pleased with my experience there (the restaurant that was there before Menya is another story...some little thai hole that I am surprised I even survived it was so bad...)

FOOD >>> Excellent, tasty, steaming hot and flavorful. I ate there when Vancouver was full of snow and it was wonderful, it just warmed me and filled me right up.

SERVICE >>> We arrived at lunchtime, in a party of 3 but were seated immediately, by the window. We were treated nicely, I have always had super friendly japanese waiters. They're just a nice race I think!

VALUE >>> I thought it was a fair deal for the amount of food. One bowl of ramen and a gyoza were enough to fill me up until dinnertime.

AMBIANCE >>> They've definitely cleaned it up since the last restaurant that was there. Simple but clean and pleasantly full of people. I felt very comfortable. THey did have an extra heater awkwardly placed at the entrance, but it was exceptionally cold then so I guess that is ok.

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Tasty
By kodawaru of surrey (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

My husband and I came here with 2 Japanese girls who are quite picky about their ramen, and everyone really liked their noodles. The miso ramen's soup has a stronger flavour, while the nagahama ramen is creamy and lighter. The noodles in the nagahama ramen are also thinner, almost like somen. Next time we'll try the nagasaki champon. My husband is a big eater so he needed two extra servings of noodles (kaedama) plus he finished off noodles my friend was unable to eat! My friends also ordered a plate of gyoza and were quite satisfied with those too. $4.80 for a 8 gyoza fried up in a pinwheel shape. Menya also serves udon and soba but the specialty is ramen so I'm not so sure how good they are.

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Tan-tan Tasty
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 3:44am [Dine in]

My gf and I visited this ramen noodle place figuring the dinner rush would make for a lengthy wait with the ramen places DT.

A decent effort was made to make the place look authentic but as previous reviewers have mentioned the tree stump seats aren't particularly comfortable.

My gf's miso had a good broth with mild miso flavour. She opted for the thicker noodles which didn't seem much different versus the regular noodles. Compared to the same bowl at other ramen places it's definitely not as heavily seasoned, perhaps even bland for some. BBQ pork was tender though not fatty enough in my opinion, and lacked flavour. My tan-tan men was excellent, however. Rich, spicy broth that was soothing rather than sharp. Noodles were just a skant past firm but held up well in the broth. We ordered a side of gyozas were which had a good wrapper, but the filling was far too little to assess flavour.

Service was Japanese typical. Friendly staff and quick with dish clearing and we were able to get tea top ups without asking.

The tan-tan men is a great bowl of noodles; it might be the bowl to get here.

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Noodle Paradise
By OnFire of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

Went to this clean well runned establishment for a bowl of noodle soup and found the noodles and pork bone broth to be excellent.
Service was friendly and professional. Line-ups are becoming the normat lunch but the turn-over-rate is quick. Well worth the short wait as my belly was content for the entire afternoon at work.

Will be back with friends.

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Don't eat here
By currypuff of Kitsilano, Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

The broth was too salty and fatty, and the noodles just so - so.
Not to mention that for the price we pay elsewhere, the quantity is NOT enough to fill you up.

Usually I can only eat half my bowl of ramen, but here I ate the whole thing and was still hungry!

There was only 2 pieces of pork, and a few bits of veggie.... Very disappointing indeed. Will definitely not be returning.

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Suggestion: Go Elsewhere... Not Worth the Try
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

I'm a HUGE noodles in soup fan. Ramen, pho, udon, rice noodles, wonton noodles... as long as they're in soup, it adds a kick that's good in my books.

Anyway, this place was honestly a huge disappointment for me. Ordered the chasuramen and my friend ordered the ton ton and both were very bland. Not horrible, but the noodles just lacked that tenderness that you get from freshly/well made ramen noodles.

The portions are also very small compared to other ramen noodle places. I'm not expecting the same portioning of noodles compared to a Large Bowl of Beef Pho noodles, but the 'one-size' bowl of noodles here is quite small... and @ 7.50 - 9.50 a bowl very pricey for what you're getting. I'm smaller than the average person and was not full at all.

The service was the only bright spot... a couple of really cute servers work at this place... but unfortunately not cute enough for me to come back :-(

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Not the same as it ever was.
By mojofoodie of Richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

This is a Japanese run establishment which is a good thing. I haven't been here for a few months but coming back after a small hiatus, I have to say that it has lost Its place as one of the better locations for ramen. We tried the hiyashi ramen set. Mine was with the goma version which was tasty, but there was one ingredient that I could have done without. It was the shrimp on the top, which tasted like fuel, it's the only way I could describe it. It wasn't bad, just tasted bad. The rest of the dish was good. The other thing that bothered me was the gyoza.
Where's the gyoza??? It was soooo tiny. Half the size it used to be.
Like the other person who posted about consistency...... This is true. It's just not the same. This is one thing I warn to new places. Once you set the bar high. You have to keep it that way. If you don't people will notice and they will find another place. Menya, go back to basics and don't cut corners, especially on quality and consistency!!
Written on my iphone

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ramen
By foodiesample of downtown,vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

Very poor value for your money. The broth was very salty and oily and heavy;
the rice triangle was dry and they were skimpy on the noodle. Sitting on logs with no backs did not bother me but I would not return for the food. Disappointed as I read in 2 places that this was the place to go for ramen. I am not new to ramen restaurants but this restaurant rated at the very bottom with me.

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Disappointing
By Kash666 of Burnaby (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

I went there over the weekend with friends and ordered the noodles in the sea food broth, however it was utterly disappointing as it was bland and the seafoof and meat were like condiments. The gyozas were crispy on the bottom and soft on the inside, if only they were more filling.Alas!!!! The rice bowl looked attractive however the feast for the eye didn`t turn out a feast for the stomach. I don`t think I will ever recommend this to anyone.

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Decent ramen, lucky there's no competition though...
By EatsFats of Vancouver (322 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 1:01am [Dine in]

Nice place, I'm pleased to see they put some thought into the interior rather than just whipping together the cheapest interior they could. At least it gives the impression they might be serious about this business...
(Yes, they are 100% Japanese run).

Anyways, we happened to go on a quiet weeknight, so with so much staff milling around, we had no issue with service. The food came reasonably quickly too. Pricing is inline with expectations. If memory serves, it is same or slightly cheaper than the ones downtown. (You can get one for less than $7)

We had the ramen set with the Nagahama and added a seafood champon. The sides with the set was okay. This is a ramen place. The Nagahama ramen used much finer noodles than other places in town. It's not my preference, but they managed to avoid being soggy while being in the broth, so thumbs up to that. The chashu pieces were a bit on the thin side, but by far the most soft and tender of the ramen places we've been too (so it sounds like they have consistency issues). The broth, I would rate as light. This is no where near as fatty as Kintaro's normal broth and it is not as salty either. The other one came with much more substantial noodles (just a preference thing), but this one the broth was much stronger in flavour. We had a split decision on both, so really it came down to preference. Both were good.

Going head to head with Kintaro, Benkei and Motomachi, well, Motomachi is in another league altogether (that includes price). I would probably give the edge to Kintaro or Benkei, so it's a good thing they're far away.
If I'd a craving, I wouldn't bother making the trek downtown if I were in the area. If I were half-way between, I'd probably pass on Menya.
But I'll say that this is probably personal preference. The food is good quality and is a recommended ramen destination. You should go to see if it's to your liking since it does serve a different style of ramen.

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Good Hakata ramen
By shokutsu of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

I appreciate all that Menya has done in their early days, bringing to Vancouver a pure representation of Hakata-style, tonkotsu ramen, as well as including the little nuances of ramen culture into their menu setup. By focusing on this soup broth, and this alone, I think it can carve out its own niche. Menya deserves consideration for your tonkotsu option in your Vancouver ramen preference set.

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Not the best Ramen-ya in Vancouver
By agentorange of Broadway (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 12:08am [Dine in]

We certainly were not full after slurping down two bowls of Ramen called Nagahama ramen and Miso tonkotsu ramen. We were actually a little disappointed with the lack of flavour and substance in these items. But comparing to the distance required to go to a downtown ramenya and the likelihood of overcrowding and long wait-lines, I would go back to Menya, simply because of its proximity to where we live. The gyoza wasn't so-so bad either.

Although I appreciate the effort of Menya to create an authentic tonkotsu ramen dish, I wish they would have used more to create a thicker soup base. It would have made the experience all the more enjoyable.

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