Ok, so this is not as good as Ippudo in New York but for Vancouver this place isn't bad.

Benkei Noodle Shop has been around for a short while and has been giving competition to the previous Vancouver ramen king Kintaro (located a half block down the street). This is the fourth time I have been to Benkei and the flavor of the broth has improved significantly, way tastier than the last few times. At Benkei, you have a choice between three types of ramen broth, miso, shoyu (soy sauce) and shio. There are some other types that are on available at lunch on Saturday. I ordered a side of gyoza and a bowl of miso ramen and added corn, extra bamboo shoots and a boiled egg.

The soup tasted pretty good, I wasn't blown away but it was a tasty cheap meal. The ramen costs $7.30 and it is 50 cents more for additional corn, or bamboo shoots or for the boiled egg. I love a pop with my ramen and a coke only costs $1.00 here, the finger goes to all those places that charge me $2.50 for a can of pop. I know you got to get yours but come on $2.50 for a non bottomless pop, thats just greedy. Karma, jerks!!!

The atmosphere of the restaurant is great, decorated with exposed wooden beams and Japanese paraphernalia. The restaurant is small in capacity and you can expect a line.

Benkei Noodle Shop
1741 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC

They even give you a stamp card, 10 stamps and you get a free bowl. Subway needs to bring their stamp game back.
The real question: Is Benkei better than Kintaro?
This time Benkei was better, last time Kintaro was tastier. Atmosphere is way better at Benkei.

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Gyromite said... @ August 24, 2008 at 9:59 PM

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shokutsu said... @ August 25, 2008 at 8:25 PM

I prefer Benkei to Kintaro. But no doubt, both pale in comparison to Ippudo. I've only had Ippudo in Japan. Do they have the same red and white miso options in NYC?

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Gyromite said... @ August 26, 2008 at 1:22 AM

I dont remember the red and white miso option, just a tradtional and a modern. Both were tasty.

Benkei and Kintaro are about the same level to me. But Benkei has better atmosphere so it gets the Win.

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