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carmaniacRichmondSince March 2, 20082 Reviews
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4 (4)
  • Food4 (4)
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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
Don't go when it's busy...
Submitted Monday, March 3, 2008 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

My first experience at Benkei was a good one. The owner personally seated us and we were throughly introduced to the menu. I would say that the menu is superior to Kintaro's. Items such as Extra Noodles, Spinach and Seaweed sides give great customization. The noodles themselves are slightly different than Kintaro's but still tasty.

However, my second experience there was quite a bit different. It was busy. Lined up to the door in fact. My girlfriend and I noticed a table in near the front window that was empty, and had been for a long time. My girlfriend went to inquire about it, because it seemed that the people ahead of us were larger groups.

After waiting several minutes for someone to even acknowledge her existence, she finally stopped one of the servers (who was trying to run away from her...). She asked about the table at the front, and she was told that they were closing the section! When the restaurant is the busiest, they close a section? Needless to say I left, and went to Motomachi Shokudo where there was no line and the ramen was better!

We walked past Benkei later and found someone sitting at that table we saw earlier...

I won't be returning to Benkei.

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Kintaro Plus!
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

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!

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