Kuma Noodle is a Japanese restaurant specializing in Ramen.
I know ramen. I travel to Japan frequently and eat the very best ramen Japan has to offer including くるり (Kururi Ramen) in Ichigaya which was named the best ramen in Tokyo in 2008. In Japan, ramen is very serious business, with food geeks on the prowl, web sites devoted just to ramen, long lines at the newly discovered spots, secret recipes, serious chefs and very serious diners who are willing to wait in the rain for hours just for a bowl. That said, the one thing that was missing from the food scene in Victoria was a REAL dedicated ramen Restaurant and I am over joyed that Kuma Noodle Japan is here as it saves me a trip to either Vancouver or Tokyo to satisfy my craving. Yes it is Real Traditional Japanese Ramen with noodles imported from Japan and a delicious complex broth that tastes like it has been simmering for hours, which I'm sure it has. Sorry disgruntled vegetarians...the meat used is the heart and soul of a traditional Japanese Ramen broth). The restaurant offers 4 kinds of ramen (if you are unfamiliar with ramen order the first one, the soya also known as "shoyu") all come topped with a half boiled egg, some thinly sliced pork (order the BBQ for more meat), and a few other traditional toppings. Prices start at around 7.50 which following Japanese tradition, includes the tax. The gyoza is a good deal at 6 for 3.50 and I usually share one with my husband. For some reason, the gyoza usually comes long after the ramen is served. There are other things on the limited menu as well such as curry rice, chahan (fried rice), and tonkatsu (breaded pork) which was good (but in this case, not the type you would find often in Japan). Like most ramen restaurants, it is small and simple, one orders and tips at the counter. It situated in a small mall around the corner from Fujiya, above the Purple Garden Restaurant and is closed Sundays. I eat here around once a week and hope after this review is posted that I don't end up waiting in a long line in the rain, but if I do, it'll be worth it.