Motomachi Shokudo is a ramen house specializing in ramen noodle soup with different kinds of broth. Other dishes include kimchi, mini sushi and smaller appys.
This place is small.....very small. I am not an expert on ramen dishes but the bowl of spicy ramen with chicken at $9.65 seemed overpriced and nothing to write home about. The broth was certainly spicy and the noodles soft and tasty but the pieces of chicken breast were rubbery and hard to find. Most diners seemed to enjoy eating in tight quarters and the atmosphere was lively.
There's 3 ramen places in roughly the same area here, so there's tough competition.
Luckily Motomachi bring something different to the table. You don't get the fatty broth like the other places. Also, they have ramen with organic chicken and also with seasonal vegetables. Add to that some very different flavours and they've got a solid chance here. (Some of the stuff I have not tried even in Japan, even in the ramen museum).
Just like the other places, it isn't big, though it may even be the smallest of them.
The gyoza is bigger than most, it is probably about twice as long and you get 4 of them. The charcoal bamboo ramen is quite good. We also had the spicy miso ramen with organic chicken and it was absolutely packed with noodles and vegetables. It is probably the most expensive of the places, with each bowl getting close to the $10 mark. However, it also has the "boinkiest" noodles and the taste is definitely different.
Probably my new favourite ramen place in town.
Very good food, ambiance & service. Reminded me of the little shop in Tokyo that I went to many years ago. The only difference was of course here there is more meat and veggies in the dish. The soup was very nice though. And a lot lighter than other ramen places in town. It's not a very large place but enough for a kind of homey coziness. There's not a lot to choose from on the menu, but I think having just a few yummy ones they are able to keep their consistent food quality. I'm going for the spicy chicken one next time! =)
About 4 choices of noodles. Then side dishes & toppings for a premium. Listed 1st is the shoyu ramen. Its savoury chicken soup stock is very good. They focus on chicken stock soup base for all of their ramen offerings as is indicated by the written referral a couple of doors down at Kintaro's. I suppose Kintaro makes a pork stock for their soup base. The soup here is less greasy & the single slab (unless u order the most expensive option that has an extra pc) of bbq pork you get is thicker, less fatty, more meaty than Kintaro but you get next to no greens. I wouldn't call backyard "wild" pickings "greens" & they're the dry weed variety. I'd hate to call them herbs for their total lack of flavour & aroma. It's more of a decorative item. $10 +/- 5-95cents. If you want veggies, more meat, seaweed (a little sheet of the dried sushi rolling type--I felt cheated paying extra for this!). The last ramen option on the list--I forget the name--is much heavier due to the black bean taste/content added to make it a dark green/black soup. Both were served w/ half a cooked (quail?) egg & some bamboo shoots. That was interesting with its strong flavours but masks a lot of the best thing about it--the savoury chicken soup base.
Walking by the very busy Kintaro, I couldn't help but zoom in on the beautiful batch of leafy "bak choi" (?) a girl was enjoying. I remember corn in Kintaro's ramen. I glanced at the prices... $6.95+... $4 less than my bowl of, albeit tasty & not as greasy, noodles but w/ much more barebones except for the thicker slab of meat (a little on the dry side).
Definitely trendy modern & great for the ramen experience but a little more laid back & less rushed than Kintaro. Not sure if it was the mood set by the decor or the fact that there's little to no line-up here in this tiny place in comparison.
Will I be back? Maybe 1-2 times a yr when introducing others to tasty expensive ramen but I'm not sure I'd be willing to fork out more $$ to try their sides.
I think Motomachi is affiliated with Kintaro as there was a sign at the window of the latter place promoting Motomachi. Both places boast of authentic ramen and true to their word. I love Motomachi's charcoal bamboo ramen. The broth was tasty, hearty and the pork delicious, its a little fat for the pork but you only live once and a slice or 2 once in a while won't kill ya. The room is much nicer and modern compared to Kintaro, prices about $1 extra but for the nicer and cleaner ambience, it was worth it. Service was good and I had an awesome lunch here last week and cannot wait to return soon.
The call for ramen noodles came again so the gf and I headed DT for a late evening meal. The wait wasn't too long and seems most patrons dine quickly. Space is tiny (no more than 24 capacity) but works efficiently. Decor is a mix of Japanese and modern but the excess use of black is a little dreary.
My gf opted for her usual miso while I had the charcoal. They boast of using organic ingredients, so they have a superior starting point but put together the results were somewhat underwhelming in terms of flavour and depth. The soft boiled egg was done absolutely perfect while the noodles (with strong yellow hue) had good bite. I found both broths lacking richness, but again they boast about its health benefits so it made us feel like we were eating medicinal ingredients - cleansing. I enjoyed the charcoal flavour but was fairly subtle and certainly not overpowering. All in all, it's not bland but it also doesn't have a strong notes of flavour. By design, perhaps? Of all the ramen places we've gone to, this one didn't leave us thirsty afterwards.
Service was spartan at best. Friendly staff but our server had pretty rough english so best be keeping orders simple.
Their ramen seems to venture on their own path. It's a good bowl of noodles, but it's hard to rave about them after one try.
Literally a stone's throw away from the sister store (Kintaro), I finally got to try out Motomachi for the first time. My initial impression was how it reminded me of tiny ramen-ya's in small town Japan with its lit lantern signage and dark exterior wood paneling. Esthetically more pleasing when compared to Kintaro, and with equally good ramen to boot too. The soup base is not as rich and heavy as Kintaro's and depending on what you order, there seems to be an emphasis on organic, healthier ingredients. I ordered the spicy chicken ramen and quite enjoyed the spiciness and complexity of my soup broth. Tons of shaved spring onions. Pretty flower ordained the food tray on which the huge bowl of ramen was served on. That, plus real black chopsticks and matching chopstick holder! Yes, I'm a sucker for esthetics. Also ordered gyoza's and these were tasty and long-ish in shape. Four pieces served instead of the usual 6.
Service was very efficient and friendly. The waitress came by several times to refill on water and cleared the trays promptly. It was a slow evening and the servers displayed no hurry to rush us out the door after we were done with our meals.
Value was fair....for ramen anyways. I think each bowl was about between $9 to $11, which is still awesome value considering the volume. For a nicer, more comfortable dining experience, I would definitely consider Moto over Kintaro.
I went to this small Jap resto tonight at around 10:15pm and stayed until 11pm cuz my bf craved ramen for late night snack. So, I checked out the reviews for ramen around Vancouver and found out that this place is the best. So, we ordered the gyoza that we find to be pretty good. Very juicy and the taste wasn't too overpowering and the skin was pretty thin. We also ordered the charcoal ramen with pork and the spicy chicken miso ramen. The bamboo charcoal noodle was a little bland in taste but considering that it's an healthy food so I thought it was very good. The soup base wasn't oily at all and interesting enough, it was black. As for the spicy miso, the soupbase was not bad with lots of veggies and some chicken breast. What I like the best is the noodle, it was thin and chewy. I don't eat lots of ramen and I don't know how the standards of the other restaurants are so I think that this restaurant is pretty good so i would definitely come again. Though I might try other ramen places to find out which is the best.
Okay for those of you who say this place is bad value... this place uses ORGANIC INGREDIENCE, and unlike other places doesnt just fill their bowls with mainly broth and noodles. It has such a savoury pork im still tasting it while writing this. Im on a Ramen kick now and this is the best without a doubt. The ambience was so nice, a little plain with a bit of jazz music made this place have a casual, warm, inviting feel to it. Service was awesome! Our waiter was so friendly and didnt rush us to finish our meal even though there was a line up and refills of tea were prompt. I tried there gyozas.. .excellent! I had the house ramen and my guest had the spicy miso ramen. Both were excellent not too much broth and noodles and not to little but it came with an organic egg which was just perfect. Oozy and soft boiled to perfectly with kimchi, bean sprouts, green beans... i really want to go back and try the charcoal bamboo ramen which is suppost to be excellent for digestion. They have alot of choices on the menu which i must go back and try because there house ramen was just so excellent. THIS PLACE WAS WRITTEN UP IN THE VANCOUVER FOOD MAGAZINE UNDER 101 GREAT TASTE. The ramen is like nothing else ..so light and delicious once you get into the ramen the flavours really start to sink in with the bean sprouts and green onions and just wow... best ramen ever. I think before when i rated the other ramen places i was being too generous but this is just ramen at its finest with the finest, freshest ingredience. Kudos Motomachi.. you've got a new regular.
I am going to do this review short and sweet. In Japanese Style. Pffaa, at least let me try.
How many Japanese ramen joints in Vancouver downtown area alone? Your guess is as good as mine but "plenty' is the close answer. We have good old Kintaro, almighty Santouka, and recently opened on International Village Taishoken. But sadly none of what I mentioned reminds me of my three-year contract work days in Tokyo. I guess it's because the taste and quality of some joints are great but their interior and service are just... no. Except this one.
Enter Motomachi Shokudo. Located by Denman and Robson Street, you will find this small -- even to Japanese Ramen joint standard yet very Japanese-ly decorated space that serves mostly Japanese ramen (Their gyoza is da bome!! haha but that's not the point of this review.). Everything about this restaurant presents the authentic atmosphere of young yet sophisticated Japanese culture I encountered back in that city. To me this is very good, I mean real good. Sometimes when you visit a Japanese restaurant, all you have for your money is some Americanized-Japanese flavour and pathetic pseudo-Japanese menu title.
For the ramen, I have two words for you: Spicy Miso. With all the add-ons you'd like, it's going to be a dollar or two more expensive than you pay at your Tuesday Japanese ramen joint. The noodle is great enough in the rich & density department, and the soup is deep (:D) yet not as "oily" as other joints serving which you so used to now just OK with. Just the way you'd have in any good Ramen joints in Tokyo.
This is my most favourite Japanese ramen restaurant in Vancouver, and dare I day it is the best.
I can't believe how much worse the quality of the ramen here is compared to Kintaro, especially considering this place is on the same block as Kintaro!!
The only reason I tried this Motomachi is because Kintaro was closed on the Monday me and my buddy went to get some ramen. The noodles here are obviously not fresh/hand-made - they are packaged noodles. And yes, it makes a HUGE difference in taste, more than any other type of noodles in soup (pho, wonton noodle, udon, taiwanese, etc). The Shiro soup base was also overly salty for my taste. Also orderd the a dish of gyoza for appetizers and for $4 I got only 4 gyoza.. not really worth it in my opinion.
My advice: stick with the best (Kintaro), don't bother trying the rest.
Compared to other Japanese ramen restaurants, this place gives you a great selection and quality ingredients! I like the gyozas here, its a good bite size and a great appetizer to start off with. The soup base is very good, you don't taste grease at all unlike other ramen restaurants. The ramen noodles are cooked to perfection with sides on top. I would highly recommend Motomachi! Its a small place but great place to hang out!
A few of my friends recommended this restaurant to me since they know how much I love ramen.
The unique aspect about this restaurant is that they use some organic ingredients. I had the spicy miso chicken ramen and my bf just had the regular shoyu chasiu ramen. My ramen was filled with a wide variety of vegetables, which is different than the other restaurants that serve ramen. My bf's regular shoyu ramen had sooo much chasiu. We both enjoyed our ramens very much.
The price for each bowl of ramen is a bit steep at almost $10 a bowl, but I think the high price is justified by the use of organic ingredients. Also, it's the biggest ramen bowl I've ever had. I was barely able to finish my bowl. (I am able to finish my bowl of ramen at the other ramen restaurants). We also had the gyoza which was decent.
I will definitely be back!!
As ramen lovers, we are constantly in search of good ramen. Having tried most of the ramen places in town (just haven't bothered to write reviews til now), we went to Motomachi for about our 3rd time. It serves up a decent ramen. The chashu is nice and tender, the tonkotsu soup is good and the noodles are firm but not hard. A bit pricier than some of the other places but we think it's one of the better ones. The tonkotsu is probably the best. There will be a split between those who like the charcoal and those who don't (really a matter of taste on this one). The miso ramen could be done better though. We recommend adding the gyoza to the meal as they are pretty good here.
I went into the restaurant not knowing what to expect. Having tried Kintaro's before, I had something to compare to. It is a small place but much quieter and nicer atmosphere from Kintaro's.
I ordered the Extra BBQ Miso Ramen and it was delicious. The meat was better quality than the Kintaro one. The broth was tasty and not nearly as greasy/salty as Kintaro's, which is much healthier for you, and to me it tastes better than Kintaro's broth. But the chef is Kintaro!
Yes the noodles are a bit pricier here than at Kintaro's (like $2 more) but I think it is worth it. Everything here is cooked more to perfection and with more care, and I like the presentation better, too.
Best ramen in Vancouver
I eat A LOT of ramen, probably more than I should. There's something about the savoury, slightly fatty tasting soup that makes me want to frequent these small shops a few times a month.
Motomachi is not merely a sister of Kintaro next door, but an improvement of it. By using quality ingredients with proven methods, they have managed to create unique flavours (try the charcoal ramen) unrivaled in Vancouver...so far that is, there is a new place opening up around the corner (I forgot the name).
Downsides to this establishment, very hard and uninviting chairs (step ladders actually) that force you in almost a squatting position and I'm not digging the share table in the middle either. I wouldn't list price as a con (2-3$ more), simply because the better ingredients make up for it.
Saw the reviews here & went to try it today. Went around 7:45 pm on a Friday evening and there was a slight line up. Since most people realize that the place is very small, people eat & leave. I think there must have been about 20 seats in the restaurant in total and got to ours in about 5 to 10 minutes.
I had the charcoal ramen & I thought the first bite was ok... but as i kept eating it, I started to find the taste of the soup a bit strange & less and less flavour. After the last bite, I realized then that I really didn't like it anymore. Maybe it was because the taste was so peculiar.
Come to think of it, I've never had anything like it even in Japan and I'm Japanese. I've seen Japanese people put the charcoal in their rice cookers but in soup... Hmmm... not sure it's my favourite soup in ramen....
My partner had the spicy chicken ramen. I had a little taste of the soup and the soup base was more fishy on that one, but I felt that it tasted better than mine. My partner commented that the organic chicken on the ramen tasted like the free range ones we ate in Cuba. Very very good.
The spicy chicken ramen is definitely the way to go. For those who likes something alittle more interesting, something you've never tasted before, try the charcoal ramen.
Next time I go, I'd like to try just the regular miso or shoyu ramen..
Best ramen in Vancouver! In terms of flavour, preparation and innovation, it is the best I've encountered thus far. The use of organic ingredients definitely gives it a positive twist on this Japanese working-class staple.
I had the Extra BBQ Pork Ramen with Miso flavour. Here, as opposed to Kintaro, the regular Pork Shoulder pieces were accompanied by fatty boneless Pork Sparerib. Portion size was surprisingly good. Every part of it was delicious. I'm sure the noodles are identical to Kintaro's, but it's the other ingredients that make the difference. No choice of the Light, Medium, Rich here, just perfect!
My girlfriend had the Bamboo Charcoal Dark Miso Ramen. It was very unique in flavour, and definitely also a fine choice.
The atmosphere is quite a bit more upscale than Kintaro, and the service was great when we were there (maybe it was because there were few customers).
I'll definitely go back! Can't wait to try the Spicy Organic Chicken Ramen next time!
In short - this is Kintaro done right. Very close taste-wise, but not dingy, clean and you don't have to squeeze yourself into a men's bathroom. The design of the place is also very nice, the ambiance being made a bit quirky by a jazzy music playing in the background.
The place is very small and it has 3 tables for two, one table for four and a large shared table in the middle that sits about 10 people. Sharing a table with other people is not for everyone, but it also means that you will be sit faster if you are alone.
This place is a bit pricey though. Gyoza + noodles + green tea (from a tea bag) + tips = $18. That's for one. Noodles alone are around 8-9-10 dollars. I cannot honestly tell if it is organic or inorganic (hehe), but to me it is worth it anyways.
In any case, if you like Kintaro or the older version of Ezogiku, make sure to check this place out.
Went with hubby last week for the first time. It was a foggy night - perfect weather for a steaming bowl of ramen.
Food: Hubby's charcoal ramen was incredible. My shoyu ramen was pretty good too. The best part is that you don't feel all greased out after the meal because they use an organic chicken soup base. Looks like others ordered spicy chicken miso ramen - maybe I'll try that next time.
Service: They were so friendly and polite - always smiling and coming by often to ask if we wanted more water. They are a great example of what service should be. Also a plus: food came out really quickly.
Value: Very good, considering how tasty the ramen is and how the ingredients are organic. That's why the prices are higher than at other ramen joints.
Ambience: Nice and clean. Very interesting decor. Small, though - so you'll probably end up at the common table.
Overall: We'll definitely return. Can't wait to try the spicy miso chicken ramen...