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I have passed by this place many times with the walls covered and then wtih signs saying opening soon. Yesterday, I noticed it was open and decided to stop in.

It was the second day of being open and the atmosphere is quite nice. Looks like a couple of trees were cut down to do the interior but I like the Wood look and feel. The washrooms could use a little bit more of an upgrade.

We walked in and were immediately seated, there were about four other groups in the restaurant already and over 10 Japanese people on staff.

There were two types of tonkotsu ramen on the menu, priced at 6.75 and 7.00. We all added an egg for an extra 75 cents (highly recommend). There were a few other items on the menu such as cha siu rice dish, fried gyoza, rice balls and a few other things I can't recall.


The broth tasted good, I wouldn't say incredible but it was on par with Benkei and Kintaro. The noodles are the thinner type, and the soup is filled with bamboo shoots, some pickled ginger, green onions and 2-3 pieces of fatty pork. There did not appear to be an option to add corn, or more bamboo shoots or butter but maybe you could ask. But we all know what happens when you ask for things that are not on the menu at Japanese restaurants, it causes utter confusion. All in all the soup was good, gyoza ($4.95) was nice and crispy. The meal did not stand out in my ramen experiences but did not rank any higher or lower than the few other ramen spots in this city, could use a few more pieces of pork in the soup though.

Service was good, but they did get a little confused with us paying 13 dollar each on debit. It took three of them 10 minutes with a calculator and a pad and pen to find out they just got a 10 dollar tip.

Menya Noodle
401 West Broadway, Vancouver
Corner of Yukon and Broadway.
I would rate this place at an 8. It is on par with Kintaro and Benkei. I will return as the price is fair. Make sure you get the egg.

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5 comments

shokutsu said... @ September 10, 2008 at 9:55 PM

It's "tonkOtsu" not "tonkAtsu" ramen, unless you had a bit deep fried breaded pork cutlet in your bowl. :)

Did they have any other soup options?

Gyromite said... @ September 11, 2008 at 12:23 AM

hahah
makes sense, thats why i was all confused. I was like there cant be breaded pork in this joint.

Just two soup options, the black bowl and the white. Miso or....

I am going to change my post so I dont look like a complete idiot. I ll leave your post cause i deserve a little pain.

shokutsu said... @ September 12, 2008 at 12:22 AM
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shokutsu said... @ September 22, 2008 at 12:14 AM

Checked it out for the first time. Here's my take on it...

http://foodosophy.wordpress.com/2008/09/22/menya-japanese-noodle-vancouver-bc/

Kyle said... @ July 15, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Really fast service. The soup definitely needs more pork though!

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