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KittyKat8888VancouverSince January 31, 20092 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
the Best Ramen in Vancouver
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2009 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

I've tried 3 of the ramen houses in Vancouver: Kintaro, Benkei & Motomachi. Out of the three, I particularly like the Benkei the best.

My partner and I went last Friday. We got there around 7:30 pm and there was a huge line up almost out the door. Waited for about 20 minutes and got a table.

Looked at the menu and easy to read and order.

I had the shoyu ramen & my partner the miso ramen w/extra chashu. Ordered onigir & gyozas as appetizers. Onigiri is very very good... My partner never had an onigiri before and he just loved it.

Ambiance is pretty good. Clean, new & bright. Choice in seating; counter or tables.

Ramen noodle is excellent here... Japanese people like their noodles "puchi puchi" and it definitely is! Soup base is not as rich as Kintaro's so easy to slurp up the soup. The soup in the miso ramen was so good, my partner ate it all....

One excellent idea at this ramen shop, they give you a tray with fresh ground garlic & chilis if you ask for it and add it to your taste.

I'll defintely go back again and again. I think to me, this is the best I've had here in Vancouver.

Hightly recommend!!

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Charcoal Ramen.... ???
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2009 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

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..

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