Mazesoba, literally translated as “mixed noodle” is ramen without soup. The first of its kind in North America, Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba offers mazesoba, ramen, and donburi in Downtown Vancouver.
It is a very busy restaurant, and there is almost always a line. The queue moves fairly quickly, but I would recommend you arrive early – especially if you want to try their Hokkaido Creme Cone!
I’ve been here multiple times and I’ve never been disappointed. I’ve loved everything that I’ve tried, but the standout for me is definitely their mazesoba.
What we ate: Zenbu Mazesoba – freshly made noodles with spicy hot minced pork, seaweed, green onion, bamboo shoot, minced garlic, soft boiled egg, slow-braised chashu, and chives, all topped off with a golden raw egg yolk ($17.99)⠀
My friend ordered this and I had a taste. It’s extremely rich and pork heavy in taste, so if you’re a fan of pork this is the bowl for you. Personally it’s not my favourite because I find the pork flavour to be overwhelming, but all the components of the bowl are fresh and delicious.
What we ate: Mentaiko Cream Mazesoba – freshly made noodles with mentaiko, slow-braised pork chasu, raw egg yolk, seaweed flakes, spinach, green onion, minced garlic, japanese cream sauce, grinded saba fish ($15.99)
This is my go to dish here. I love mentaiko and it is perfect in this bowl. Like the Zenbu, it also features pork, but the brininess of the mentaiko balances out the pork flavour. It’s a pretty heavy dish, so even though the portion doesn’t look that large, you will get full pretty fast!
What we ate: Hokkaido Creme Cone – organic milk soft serve ice cream made by Japanese Nissei machine ($5.99)
The first time I tried Japanese soft serve like this was Cremia in Tokyo. Unfortunately they cannot import Hokkaido milk to Vancouver, but they use the same machine that Cremia uses! The end result is more than acceptable, but I would probably pass on this in the future.
I have never had a bad experience here, and the servers are always efficient and friendly. This is definitely not the place to catch up with an old friend and linger, but if you’re looking for a delicious and filling lunch, this is a good bet for Downtown!