Hachiro Ramen Bar – Elevated Ramen and Izakaya in North Vancouver

Hachiro Ramen Bar combines elements of Japanese tradition and cuisine in a modern relaxed setting. Owned by a brother and sister duo – Brooke and Stephen – they hope to showcase the food of their culture and their experiences growing up in Japan and on the North Shore to Vancouver locals. I had an opportunity…

Ramen Taka

Ramen Takanotsume, a Hokkaido-based ramen chain, first opened shop in Downtown’s West End. They have since opened a second location in Richmond. Conveniently located in Aberdeen Centre, the new location is slightly larger and can seat up to 30 people. I’ve been to their Downtown location and I liked it, so I wanted to see…

Koyuki Sapporo Ramen

Koyuki Sapporo Ramen is a ramen and izakaya joint located on the West End. They specialize in miso ramen which is originally from Sapporo. In addition to offering a variety of ramens (miso, shoyu and shio), they also have an extensive happy hour and tapas menu. These arrived piping hot to the table and were…

Gyo Para Gyoza & Ramen Bar

Gyo Para Gyoza & Ramen Bar first opened in 1993 under the name “Gyoza Paradise”, on Thurlow and Robson. They’ve reincarnated as Gyo Para Gyoza & Ramen Bar and they’re now located in Kitsilano near UBC. This unassuming ramen-ya dishes out quality ramen that uses natural ingredients and traditional methods that have been passed down…

Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba

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 –…

Ramen Danbo

Ramen Danbo specializes in Kyushu Hakata style ramen from Fukuoka. It is one of my favourite types of ramen because the noodles are thinner, and that’s my personal preference when it comes to noodles. I also like the options to customize the firmness of the noodles as well as the options for broth in terms…

Ramen Koika

I first went to Ramen Koika when they opened in 2014 and I remember not being very impressed with their ramen, so I haven’t made the trip back in recent years. However, I was in the area and I was craving some ramen so I decided to see if they have improved in the past…

Taishoken Ramen

When I’m in Japan, one of my favourite things to eat is Tsukemen. I have yet to find a version in Vancouver as good as the ones I’ve had in Tokyo, but the one I had at Taishoken comes pretty close! Seating is very cramped in this small restaurant, so I wouldn’t recommend coming with…

Ramen Jinya

My good friend Q is leaving Vancouver for school for the next two years, so this was our last meet up. She was really craving noodles so we decided to go to Ramen Jinya. We arrived at around 6pm and there was no line, which was perfect. The seating is extremely tight, so much so…