Deli Nippon: double happiness = ramen and okonomyaki (Vancouver)
I've been searching like mad to find the post that talked about this place recently but I can't so my apologies to that poster. I'll just go ahead and start a new thread!
We needed a quick bite tonight on our umpteenth trip to Home Despot so it was time to try Deli Nippon. We had noticed it on a recent trip to Cuu Long as it is right next door but it was closed at 8ish, which is not surprising as it only stays open till 8 pm.
It is worth heading out there for lunch or an early dinner. I'd say this is the tastiest ramen I've had in Vancouver, though I'm hardly a ramen expert. I'd love to hear what others think but the SO and I were very happy with our syoyu and miso ramen. He had combo B which included three excellent gyoza (nice and oniony with very thin skins) for a whopping (not) $7, while my ramen was $5.50. Both the broths were rich but light tasting (the chicken base I surmise) but with just a hint of that good ramen funk. For me the highlight though was the noodles. They were not quite al dente and had the perfect chew for my taste. The bowl was not bathtub sized but very generous. I did not eat the pork because I am not a fan in general but the SO devoured his.
I also massively overordered because of course I had to try the okonomyaki, a personal weakness. I got the "Italian" (bacon, cheese, egg, noodle, cabbage, onion, corn. $8.50) which was in no discernible way Italian but delicious. I prefer the Hiroshima style with the noodles and this one did not disappoint. It was dinner plate sized and about an inch tall. It would have been more than enough for me on its own. At least now I know what I'm having for lunch tomorrow :-). My only small quibble was that it would have been nice to have the bacon on the outside where it would crisp up a bit, the way they (used to) do the meat at Modern Club. The tab for this was $21 and all the prices are GST included.
The menu is very limited. They also do a chasumen ramen for $7, a yasai ramen (mainly veggies, looked great when it came out for staff dinner as we were leaving) for $7, two other okonomi (buta/pork, gyu/beef for $7.50 and $8 respectively) and they have a summer special cold noodle (hiyashichuka with syoyu or miso 'taste' for $6.50 and $7 respectively that I will be trying next time). The super gracious owner told us they have just hired a very experienced sushi chef and that it will be on the menu as of next week. The room is very plain with just four four-tops, and they are cash only.
We will be returning very soon for this simple but satisfying fare.
3913 Knight St, Vancouver, BC V5N3L8, CA
Thanks for the report, grayelf. I've been meaning to try this place out for a while. I've been reading some good reports on it.
no way!!! this place is actually good?! i saw it driving around kingsway/knight area and even stopped to look in the window (they were closed) but came to the conclusion that it couldn't be authentic or good. wow, i must try :)
With the warmer weather, I'm on the lookout for Hiyashichuka, and had it at another place (soon to be written up on at Foodosophy), but will definitely try to hit up the version here. The image of it you took looks more like the type I am used to. Thanks for the heads up!
If I remember right, I think this place used to make takeaway bentos too. My memories are a bit dated though, going back maybe 5, 6 years.
Damn you, grayelf. Just when I think I've got my Vancouver ducks in a row, you throw in another ringer. ; >P
Looks like I'll have to just retire and spend a month or two per year trying to work through my list. As always, thanks a 1.0 * 10^6.