Sapporo Ramen Shogun Restaurant specializes in many different types of ramen. Open for lunch only.
I tried Sapporo Ramen for lunch today. There are a lot of tables for the size but its a little run down and tired looking inside.
I ordered the teriyaki chicken miso ramen. It was ok but I didn't account for the teriyaki sauce contaminating my bowl as the chicken pieces were quite saucy. The broth was mediocre tasting with no strong or distinct flavours. I also ordered a small gyoza which was decent but not great.
They are definitely geared for the lunch crowd as the service is very fast and the bill is on your table before you finish your meal. The food also came out very quickly and the gyoza was in front of me in less than a few minutes which I wonder how they can do so quickly unless its pre-prepared. I probably won't be back because I wasn't overly impressed with my bowl of ramen.
Inconsistent. I had the miso ramen with pork, tempura prawn, fish cake, vegetables, egg 2 weeks apart. The second time around, noticeably less noodles, corn down to a few niblets, less bean sprout. The tempura prawn had about 1/2 inch of batter around it both times and tasted like it was fried in old oil. The tables are sticky. Very busy at lunch, probably because its the only ramen place around. Not open weekends, and only open weekdays from about 10ish to 4.
Overall, Sapporo Ramen isn't bad for a quick and cheap lunch place during work, but I don't think I would really recommend it otherwise.
The Chicken Miso Ramen I had wasn't terrible, but the noodles were obviously prepackaged, and the broth was bland, and had no real distinct taste. The Chicken Teriyaki included with the bowl was alright, but not anything memorable. I also had a Spring Roll, and this was comparable to the rest of the meal.
The Service on the other hand, was very good, with the waitresses being very fast and polite, and turnover in the restaurant is very quick, which probably explains the popularity. It is quite rare in Vancouver to find a restaurant where you get quick, efficient and very pleasant service, but it also probably means that a lot of the food is preprepared beforehand.
The value is decent despite the mediocrity of the food, as the bowl of ramen was quite large for $7.50, and the egg-roll was of a larger size as well. If you're looking for a large meal under $10, then this is still a better option than a fast-food place, and probably healthier as well.
Ambiance rates a 2. Nothing really to mention other than the restaurant is surprisingly quiet for the amount of people inside, but they also cram a lot of tables together so there isn't much in the way of privacy.
I would consider coming to Sapporo Ramen again, but it's near the bottom of my list, and I probably won't be back for a long time. It doesn't compare to other Ramen places like Benkei, but at the same time, I don't think they really try to be anything other than a cheap place to eat on a lunch break.