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G-men Ramen

October 11, 2010
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On: Oct 4, 2010


Address: 1101-3779 Sexsmith Road Richmond, BC V6X 3Z9

I have always heard good things about this place so was really excited to give it a try. Many of my friends have raved about this place and compared it to Kintaro. They also said that it was difficult to compare the places as they were different. Like they would have cravings for both places for different reasons.

Walking it, it looked like a regular ramen shop with a simple setup. A booth and smaller tables mostly for 2-4s. It was pretty quiet when I got in and there were not too many people there.


Given that my usual test for ramen places is my Miso ramen I decided to get it. And as I wanted to test out other smaller things in the menu i decided to get the daily combo of the noodles and a side of rice.

First impression of the Ramen is that it is very flavourful, and I understood why my friends raved about the place. The noodles had a very pleasant texture when eaten and there was a good amount of meat and negi(green onions) to go with the soup. It had a little less items on the noodles then I was used to but overall it was a good amount. They kept it very simple and it works! But after eating more and more of the ramen I realized how salty it was. It was especially showed when I tried the negi butameshi (rice dish) I could tell it tasted good but I was not able to enjoy it without the soup flavour overpowering the side dish. I had to have a glass of water to be able to taste the subtle flavours in the rice. I have to say that I really enjoyed the flavour of the rice. It had a vary familiar Japanese taste mix of sweet and savoury. It felt very much like comfort food. The texture in the rice was pleasant, with the chewiness of the mushrooms and the burst of saltiness of the pork. Overall I have to say that I enjoyed the rice more then the noodles. If it was a little more balanced I definitely would have enjoyed them both as a package more

The service was usual for a ramen shop, where the get you seated and then get your order quite quickly. The servers were quite watchful of the tables and there was never any problems getting the attention of the servers. Very courteous Japanese service.

It was a little pricy for the ramen deal, or actually just the ramen by it self. For about $9 a bowl I expect something amazing! I mean my other fav ramen places always served for about $7.50++ for a bowl. I felt that it was a little over priced for the food when other places which are a little better serve for a lower price. The hours are not that conducive for me personally considering that they only open after 530pm. But that is a personal note.

Overall I have to say that I would go every now and then. Not on a regular basis but I think I would want that flavour once in a while!


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Menya

September 28, 2010
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Address: 401 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y1R4
Tel: Tel: (604) 873-3277

So I just finished meeting up with a friend and I was in the neighbourhood so I decided to give this place a try. I have heard about it for quite a while but there was never a good motivation to actually head all the way over to try it. (Its kinda sad because I do live about half an hour to the place at the most.)

Food wise, I ordered a Miso Ramen, and made it a set, so it basically came with a onigiri and gyoza. The onigiri came first, and it was pretty good I have had better ones at Benkei before. It was the lightly flavoured rice. Personally, there was not much taste to it. Then the gyoza came, and it tasted very typical, but it was small. For the usual size that you get in other ramen places, it was about 1/2 to 2/3 the size. Flavour, was pretty good though. I am not sure if it was bought or made by the place but I liked it. The ramen came soon after, it looked good, and I liked the flakes of fried garlic on it. It added an additional pop of flavour whenever you took in a mouthful. The broth wise it was not very impressive, there was a little bit too much of something that tasted like ginger to me. The texture of the noodles were also not as good as some of the other places in Vancouver.

Ambience was like any regular normal ramen place, a little run down. Just some small booths and tables around. Mostly a place for up to groups of fours, but I did see them merge tables for larger groups while I was there.

Service was not that great. I had to wait quite a while for the bill to arrive though I had specifically asked for it. And the waitresses seemed to be too preoccupied by filling orders then everything else, ie filling up water, bringing up the bill, etc.

Value, for the price I paid, which was about 12 dollars, it was not too bad. I normally would just have a bowl of ramen that would be enough for me and it was $7.50 before tax so it actually is quite reasonable.

Overall, still feel that I would rather go to other ramen places to get my ramen fix.


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