Q Go Ramen is a Japanese noodle house on West Broadway serving miso, shio and shoyu soup base options.
Q Go is a brand new ramen house that just opened on Monday this week. The first thing I noticed when walking into the restaurant was the odd smell inside. Perhaps is was a lingering odour from construction but hopefully they've addressed it.
They serve shio, miso and shoyu soup base options and have your choice of broth fattiness, base richness and pork fattiness. I ordered a miso ramen with regular, regular and lean pork. I also ordered a side of gyoza. One thing I would like to see is a small order of gyoza as an add on to a ramen bowl because I find 6 pieces at just under 5 bucks a little too much for lunch for one person.
Anyway, the broth was good but didn't have the same depth that I am used to at other ramen houses. The noodles were cooked perfectly and by far the best part of the bowl. The pork was a little too fatty (despite ordering lean pork) but it was good. I wasn't a huge fan of the gyoza; I thought they could have been fried a little more.
Overall this obviously isn't a stellar review but I think a little benefit of the doubt has to be applied here since they were only open a couple of days when I visited them. Hopefully they will work out the kinks and improve the overall food product. I will check back in a month and write another review if things improve.
Really enjoyed the experience and would definitely go back for more ramen!
Not all ramen places use veggie soup base, and we tried a couple of restos before we came across this one. I know there are quite a bit of vegetarians out there who complain about ramen restos not warning them about what they use to make the soup base (chicken, pork, etc). If you want your veggie soup base, CALL THEM BEFORE YOU GO to confirm that they'll have it for you before you arrive (or your food may take forever to arrive). We had a friend who got their vegetarian ramen made with veggie soup base and still complemented on the taste! I loved their Shoyu ramen!
- Great tasting ramen with good texture
- Good portion size and filled us up nicely
- Great price, reasonable for the quality and portion given
- Nice to see that they have cheese, spicy ramen
- Have a smaller portion sized ramen for not so hungry ones
- Better ambiance than expected, compared to other ramen places like Kintaro
- Selection is limited, side dishes could be more elaborate
- Special ramen (cheese and spicy) could be put on menu and not hid on a stand or a piece of paper on the table where it was hard to see
- No cold ramen :(
- The meat they used to place on the ramen could be warmed up. It was a bit cold when the dish came.
Nonetheless, it was a great place to have a nice ramen dinner. Would go again!
We were pleasantly surprised one evening, after having decided to try Q Go ramen. Not being thoroughly satisfied with Menya ramen on the same stretch of Broadway, that appealed by its cute ambiance, in Q Go we found an attractive Japanese aesthetic and delicious food all in one.
We ordered one Shio and one Miso Ramen. The waitresses were very friendly, attentive and prompt. They served us some water and appetizing edamame beans (free of charge) to start with. The whole restaurant is clean and neat, no garbage lying around, nor any suspicous smells commented on in the previous review. The whole atmosphere is most pleasant and the washrooms are really neat as well. Our ramen took reasonable time to get ready and it did not disappoint. The Shio ramen was of nice consistency and saltiness with some black fungus strips, half an egg, green onions, sprouts and 2 pieces of pork ($7.50). The Miso ramne had a very full-bodied broth, 2-3 (not sure) pieces of pork, bamboo shoots, sprouts, green onions and corn ($7.95 - the most expensive item on the menu- and reasonably so, it is worth it). It was simply DELICIOUS! (I would recommend ordering lean/skinny meat as it seems to taste better/have more meat than the fatty one).
We've been to the restaurant two times and will definitely go back for the same ramen again. Also, after each ramen/meal you have, you get a stamp card where after 10 stamps you can get a FREE RAMEN!
For the price you pay, the portions are very generous and the quality is top-notch. Forgot to mention that the noodles had a very pallatable texture and complemented the broth very well.
All in all, there was nothing we did not like!
ps. the music tastefully avoided the unsavory mainstream radio stations such as the beat.
I was hesitant to go to this place because of the strange name but I was pleasantly surprised! Everyone has their own preference in their soup bases so I like the fact that you have a choice with the fattyness of the soup broth. I don't like things too oily while I know people who like it more fatty. Their mini chashu don is really tasty. I really like their Miso Ramen and Shoyu Ramen. Prices are reasonable and because there isn't a line-up out the door you get served right away. I much prefer this place over Menya or Benkei by Cambie.
I understand that this place is relatively new, but so far so good. For the price which I found to be lower than normal this place was good.
- tasty, not too oily or salty
- you actually get slices of meat (with meat on it not fat)
- it's cheap
- the place is easily accessible for those who do not drive
- add on toppings come in a separate dish and for a reasonable price (some places will dump them on top)
- portions are good (not too small)
- no options at all (other places will ask if you want rich broth, fatty pork etc.)
- limited seating
- tables are really close together
- not much light in the place so I sat by the window
We went last week for dinner and ordered its Miso Ramen, small chashu rice, kimchi and gyoza. Soup was perfect for me because it is just not too salty like other ramen places in Vancouver (argh..drank so much water at other Ramen places) and noodle was perfectly cooked too. My kid just loved its chashu and he finished the whole bowl of rice all by himself I was just really happy to see that cause my kid very rarely finishes food in his plate - so we ended up ordering another chashu to go for my hubby! Gyoza was not bad we were pretty happy overall as the prices were very reasonable for its portion and quality and service was good. I hope they can have spicy ramen and beer, that will just make it a perfect place to go for a quick meal in my neighborhood. Oh, this seating in this place is a lot more comfortable compared to other ramen places..will definitely take my kids back more often !
I was glad that I finally dropped by this place. The total for everything (tip included) was $10... a bit cheaper than the other ramen places in downtown. I'm a firm believer that this stuff shouldn't cost that much since it's basically Japanese fast food (well, not that fast...).
I had the miso ramen with half a boiled egg. The overall balance of the soup was good and it had just enough vegetables (bean sprouts and corn). The chashu (meat) was cut nicely and easy to chew on. Toppings are 50 cents each, which I think is a reasonable price.
The menu (I went for lunch) is pretty simple with 4 types of ramen (I belive). There are some rice dishes on pg 2 of the menu.
The waitress was pretty polite and I was glad that she spoke Japanese throughout after I ordered in Japanese (I lived in Japan for 9 years...). Most workers in ramen places want to use English since they're on working holidays.
The interior is pretty spacious and modern. The big TV had a Japanese singing program on with Arashi as the host so this brought back fond memories of Japan.
If I have time I'd like to go to this place again!
well.. stop bashing this place.there are some reasons why we cannot expect like a super quality ramen from this place.
first of all they are new in the business, and for me the quality of their food is quite good, not outstanding, but good. the soup base is pretty decent, and you get to choose the richness of the base as well.the pork are nce and fatty, off course for people that are watching their pounds, you can also get the lean meat.
we get to choose from some variety of soup base, miso,shio,spice,soya, and also some type of ramen, cheesy or not.the price is between 7.50-9.25, well for now they have this 30%promo for the shio based ramen.
the side dishes are quite nice, some gyozas, some teriyaki rice with some sauce.
the only bad thing i can say is the fact we have to pay more for stuffs like green onions which i think one reason i would not go back.
overall, when you dont have that much time, and want a warm bowl of okay ramen with decent price, q-go is always okay to visit.
I went to Q go the first week they've opened, having high expectations since I live a couple blocks away and would love the convenience of a nearby ramen shop. As a huge Ramen fan, I've pretty much been to every ramen in town and this had to be the worst I've had. The soup does not have any depth what so ever, the soup was literally covered in a layer of pork fat, making it heavy and unhealthy. I had the shio ramen which came with 2 pieces of chashu, and the pork was so fat that I'd left about 2/3 of each piece in my bowl. It was also a tad bit too salty, and the saltiness for some reason does not blend into the stock in a harmonizing way. I went with a few friends, one of them had to wait for the bowl of ramen for a good half hour, while the rest of us are already finishing the bowl. The noodle tasted funky, I an guessing that it isn't fresh. I can overheard the cooks and the waitresses talking, and am sure that they are speaking mandarin, not japanese; hence the inauthenticity. I would much rather travel all the way to motomachi shokudo in dt for their ramen than eating here.
We walked past Q Go last time we went to get our barbecue fix at Memphis Blues and thought we would try it out. Boy, were we disappointed. Of all the ramen places in Vancouver, this one ranks near the bottom. We ordered miso and shoyu. The shoyu one came with an egg that was supposed to be flavoured but it tasted more like it was dipped into soy sauce just before serving. The chashu was not bad but it was paper thin. The soup was made from chicken stock rather than pork bone stock (tonkotsu), which made it taste rather weird. However, the waitress did ask whether pork or chicken soup was preferred - for the table BESIDE us. Service was overall okay but charging $1 each for hot tea was absurd. As far as I could tell, only one of the waitresses was Japanese. I would recommend going to the other ramen place around the corner instead.