RAMEN DANBO ROBSON STREET JAPANESE FOOD – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

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RAMEN DANBO

Ramen Danbo is a chain of Japanese ramen shops serving spicy Ramen.
“Tonkotsu ramen crafted in the Kyushu Hakata style.”
– Ramen Danbo Menu

At Ramen Danbo you can choose noodle thickness, noodle firmness,
thickness of broth, and amount of spice. Similar to Ramen Horin there is a
scoop of chili presented in the center of the soup.

Classic Chashu-men $13.45
Rich Broth, Thick Noodle, Medium Spice
Gyoza and Egg Topping $3.50 (Lunch Combo)

Total Spent at Ramen Danbo
Classic Chashu-men $13.45
Lunch Combo with Gyoza and extra topping Egg $3.50
$20.47 tax and tip.

PRICE:
$$ Expensive when you add Spice, Chachu, and Gyoza combo.

QUALITY:
Ok. The flavor is average not mind-blowing.  Spice is not for everyone.
Portion seemed small.
Noodles are white and thin rather than yellow ramen.

SERVICE:
Ok. Friendly. Seems to take a while to get our food.

VERDICT:
A popular eatery with gimmicky customization option.
A different style of ramen that is not for everyone.
Good if you like adding chili to your ramen.
No option for LEAN or FAT pork. Choice of Toppings are limited.
Not Authentic Japanese business.
Cooks are not Japanese, and they seemed inexperienced.

CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address:
1789 Comox St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1P5

SUSHI AT FUJIYA JAPANESE FOODS SUPER MARKET – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Fujiya is a Japanese market in Vancouver with a large selection
of imported products, and Ready-To-Eat foods!

You will find all kinds of sushi, bento, and even curry!

Fujiya also offers complimentary tea!

What We Ordered
Salmon Roll $4.95
Tuna Roll $4.95
Negitoro Roll $5.45
Sashimi $8.95
Cooked Renkon Root $1.70
Japanese Curry $6.95

PRICE:
$ Very Affordable!

QUALITY:
Good quality. Prepared fresh. Clean.

SERVICE:
Nice complimentary tea! Self-serve super market.

VERDICT:
This is the place to go for Ready-to-Eat Japanese food.
Authentic Japanese business. Large selection.
Imported Japanese products/brands.

CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address:
912 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC

RAMEN HORIN AND SAKE SOFT OPENING ROBSON STREET JAPANESE – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

RAMEN HORIN + SAKE SOFT OPENING

Ramen Horin is a new ramen shop on Robson Street.

Ramen Horin specializes in Fukuoka ramen Tonkotsu broth, but it has spicy chili sauce.

Soft Opening Menu – Simple menu, with option for
customization and toppings. No Sake or Gyoza. Limited toppings.
Note: We were told they are considering putting gyoza on the menu.

Ajitama Ramen $12.40
Plus Extra Chashu (4 Pieces) $4.50
Total $16.90

Chashu Ramen $13.95

Be careful!
There is a scoop of spicy chili sauce under the green onions.

The noodles at Ramen Horin are thin.
You can customize the firmness, soft, standard or firm.

You can also customize the fattiness of the broth.

The restaurant provides Tall water glasses to wash down the spicy chili flakes.

PRICE:
More expensive than Kintaro Ramen.

QUALITY:
Ok broth flavor. Thin pork pieces.
Green Onions were too strong.
Spicy Chili sauce may cause coughing.
No bean sprouts.

SERVICE:
Soft Opening. Friendly, helpful.

VERDICT:
Not cheap. Not the best.
Limited toppings, menu. Ok customization.
This style of ramen is not for everyone.
Busy at Lunch. Cash, Debit accepted.

There are better options in the area.

Address:
1226 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C1

KINTARO HANDMADE TONKOTSU RAMEN JAPANESE NOODLE SOUP – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

 

Kintaro Handmade Tonkotsu Ramen is a popular authentic Japanese noodle soup restaurant that has been in Vancouver’s West End for many years. Located in small space at Robson and Denman across from Stanley Park, Kintaro’s popularity never seems to fade, despite other ramen shops opening up all over the area.

There is always a line to eat here because the food is consistently good. It’s ramen you can rely on when you have a craving for authentic good noodle soup.

On the menu, many delicious pork ramen varieties to choose from with good prices.
Choose your soup base fat level (Rich, Medium, Light), and pork style (Fat or Lean).

Customize your ramen with more toppings like kimchi, seaweed, egg and even butter!
Be sure to read the RULES!
Tip: Ask to sit at the bar for the best seat in the house!

What We Ordered

BBQ Pork Shoyu Ramen $12.95
Half & Half Fat and Lean Pork

The egg and toppings offer a nice variety of textures.
The noodles are cooked perfectly, and delicious!

Gyoza (5pcs) $4.95
Nice pork filling and crispy outside. So good with gyoza sauce!
Sprinkle Japanese chili seasoning shichimi for extra flavor.

Kintaro also offers a loyalty card. Buy 5 Ramens get a free gyoza. Buy 10 ramen get a free ramen!

VALUE:
Good portion size, and pricing!

QUALITY:
Excellent handmade, fresh, full of flavor, and textures.

SERVICE:
Friendly, fast service at the time of this visit.

VERDICT:
Kintaro Ramen is awesome and worth
repeat visits. Get there early. You might have to wait in line during
lunch, dinner, weekends.


Address: 788 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C9

 

POWELL STREET FESTIVAL 2018 JAPANESE FESTIVAL – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Powell Street Festival is a celebration of the Japanese-Canadian culture in Vancouver.
It is held at Oppenheimer Park in East Vancouver.

A 2-day event with martial arts, family activities, historical walking tours and of course FOOD!

What We Ordered:

BBQ Salmon Dinner Plate $10
Comes with rice, and coleslaw.

Salmon BBQ was slightly salty. Cooked well and not burned.
It fell apart very easily.

Watch out for the bones in the Salmon BBQ!

Spam Musubi
1 Piece for $3
Spam on rice wrapped with seaweed.
Spam and rice is a simple combination, popular in Hawaiian cuisine.

Takoyaki
Octopus or Squid
 6 Pieces for $6

Takoyaki octopus was very good. Maybe a little doughy and soft.
Nice toppings, and sauce. Good portion size and price.

There’s also a Sumo Tournament!
Sumo Tournament also had women competitors.
Winners get a bag of white rice from Fujiya Japanese Market!

Powell Street Fest is a nice way to spend the BC Day Long Weekend. The street parking is limited so walking to the park is a good a idea.

It is located in the downtown east side, so be aware of your belongings. The organizers do a good job of cleaning up the park for the event.

CASH ONLY. Bring cash. No debit or credit accepted by the vendors. There is an ATM in the Buddhist Temple open to the public.
 

JAPANESE CREAM PUFF AT BEARD PAPA’S BURNABY LOCATION – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

*This is a new Burnaby Beard Papa’s location.*

Beard Papa’s is a global Japanese cream puff franchise.

Beard Papa’s location in Burnaby at Imperial and Royal Oak features
Bubble tea on their menu.

We Ordered
Green Tea Cream Puff 6 pieces.

The texture of the puff and cream is a very tasty combination! The green tea matcha cream puff is powered with more matcha powder. Overall it is very good. The cream puff also comes in plain cream.

VALUE: Good portion and cream ratio.
It’s a Japanese pastry. Not cheap! Over $20 for 6 cream puffs.

QUALITY:  Good. Consistent cream flavor with other locations.

SERVICE: Friendly.

Large space just a short walk from Royal Oak skytrain station.

Address5252 Imperial St, Burnaby, BC V5J 0G



CURRY KATSU AND MORE AT HI GENKI FAMOUS JAPANESE SENIOR HOME BURNABY – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW – GUTOM.CA

HIDDEN GEM / SECRET EATS

Hi Genki is located INSIDE a care home for seniors.
The restaurant is the dining area used by the residents. It is very popular with the lunch crowd. Most people wouldn’t think about eating at a senior home, which makes Hi Genki a very unique experience.

The menu features rice bowls, curry combos, and more.
Hi Genki is affiliated with Fujiya Japanese Market so the ingredients are coming from a legit source.

What We Ordered:

Tea and water included.

Chicken Katsu Curry
Comes with rice, and salad.

Potato Croquette and Spinach Gomae.

Pork Donburi (Rice Bowl)
Comes with miso soup.

VALUE: Good portion size. Good prices.

QUALITY: Good flavors and food temperature.

SERVICE: OK. Friendly. Slower when busy.

Cash, Debit, Credit.

Tip: Get there early. Busy during lunch.

Overall, good place for authentic Japanese cuisine.

Address6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4N3

CHOCOLATE FREEZE SLUSH AT FAMILYMART PHILIPPINES – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW GUTOM.CA

Staying cool in the Philippines with drinks from FamilyMart

Originally from Japan, FamilyMart is a popular convenience store around Asia.

The Philippines can get very hot so staying cool is especially important. Why do you think the shopping malls are so massive? Air conditioning is your friend!

Go to FamilyMart for snacks, a cold tasty beverage! FamilyMart in the Philippines is filled with Filipino snacks.

The Chocolate Freeze slush has the consistency of a Slurpee, and will give an instant brain freeze.

If a slush is not your thing, FamilyMart has BEER and other liquor!

Here is the short video from FamilyMart.


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UNCLE TETSU’S JAPANESE CHEESECAKE NOW OPEN AT BURNABY METROTOWN MALL

UNCLE TETSU’S JAPANESE CHEESECAKE

Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake is officially open at Metrotown Mall in Burnaby. The international franchise has legions of fans waiting 2 hours in line just to get a taste of Japanese style delight, and other baked goods on their menu.

The Japanese Cheesecake is the obvious star of the show. It can be best described as light, and melts in your mouth.

1 cheesecake is $13.00 and is good for 2 or 3 people.

The Honey Madeleines 4-pack is $7.50.
These Madeleines, were not warm, or soft at the time. They were more like muffins.

The Rusks, were unavailable/sold out at the time of this video.

Be prepared to wait almost 2 hours in line.

Overall this is a nice unique dessert that is a welcome addition.

Address4700 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4N2

 

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ALL YOU CAN EAT SUSHI TOMOKAZU JAPANESE RESTAURANT VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW AYCE

AYCE

Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant is known for their All You Can Eat sushi menu. Popular with the lunch crowd, the menu offers a variety of sushi, and various cooked items like fried chicken karaage, udon noodle soup, and more.

WARNING AYCE LOVERS: This restaurant doesn’t have Sashimi on their AYCE lunch menu. You’ll have to settle for the Nigiri for raw fish.

Tomokazu along with Shabusen have been in Vancouver for many years. They’re both go-to restaurants for AYCE sushi fans.

We ordered:
– Tuna roll
– Salmon roll
– Avocado roll
– Cucumber roll
– Spicy Tuna cone
– Chicken Karaage
-Salmon nigiri
– Tuna nigiri
– Beef udon
– Chicken udon
– sunomono
– miso
– salad

The chicken karaage is boneless, and is very good almost like chicken nuggets / chicken tenders. (Other sushi restaurants use chicken wings for Karaage.)

Overall this restaurant is good for your All You Can Eat sushi craving.

TIP: PARKING at Tomokazu is only paid parking on the street or at the Toys R Us parking lot. Parking entrance behind Toys R Us.

 

Address: 1128 W Broadway #201, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G5