Came here for ramen with two other people. We arrived around 6 pm and it wasn’t too busy at all and I think we found out why shortly afterward.

We saw that they have a tomato based ramen here, which seemed interesting… needless to say none of us tried it.

Gyoza ($3.95)

Decided to get some gyoza to try, and I was pretty hungry anyway. The gyoza were nothing special. As you can tell, they didn’t even crisp up much. The taste of the filling was okay — it was fairly juicy inside, but overall it wasn’t anything special.

Tonkotsu ramen, non-spicy with fatty pork ($10.25)

I decided to get the tonkotsu ramen, non-spicy with fatty pork. You’re given the choice of either fatty or lean pork, or half-half. The ramen came with two thin slices of pork, and for some reason I was expecting more.

It also came with half an egg and various vegetable toppings, including a lot of bean sprouts. Too many bean sprouts. As I’ve mentioned before, their crunchy texture really does interfere with the noodles and I got so many bean sprouts that I felt like they just put it in there to fill up the bowl.

The broth was disappointing as well — it was quite thick, which was fine, but it just wasn’t that flavourful and didn’t have much depth to it. It was underseasoned as well.

Overall, the food quality here is definitely lower than other ramenya in Vancouver, and I understand why this place isn’t frequented often. I was disappointed to the point that I didn’t bother ordering kaedama even though it was only $1.50.

Food: 2.5/5
Value: 3.2/5
Overall: 2.7/5
Would return: no

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