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Need a Ramen reco for downtown Van please

eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife Jan 28, 2010 09:18 AM

Hey all - I've tried a few but haven't found the perfect Ramen with those tender stretchy noodles yet. Have tried Noodle Express and also one on the far East end of Robson (some chain, can't remember the name). Am heading out for lunch today w/the bf, can anyone recommend a ramen joint not too far to walk from Granville and Pender? I don't mind at least 10 mins of walking.

Thanks 'hounds :)

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  1. peter.v RE: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife Jan 28, 2010 11:29 AM

    Have you ever been to Kintaro, Benkei or Motomachi Shokudo? They're all around Robson and Denman in the Westend, but that would be a 20 minute walk though from Granville and Pender. Not sure if you're going to find perfect ramen in that area of town...

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      eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife RE: peter.v Jan 29, 2010 10:25 AM

      Not sure myself but I'll give it a shot, thanks!

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        peter.v RE: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife Jan 29, 2010 01:29 PM

        Google maps told me there was a ramen shop on Hornby called Shogun. Apparently it's alright... http://www.beyondrobson.com/restauran...

    2. moyenchow RE: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife Jan 29, 2010 02:18 PM

      I'm not sure if they are open yet, but there is a second Benkei Ramen location at Thurlow & Alberni across from the Keg. If it's open it's about 10 minutes from Granville & Pender. If not, just head down to the original Benkei as Peter.V suggested.

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        flowbee RE: moyenchow Jan 29, 2010 07:27 PM

        yeah, they're open.

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          grayelf RE: moyenchow Jan 29, 2010 09:21 PM

          Welcome to the boards, moyenchow!

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            moyenchow RE: grayelf Jan 30, 2010 08:21 PM

            Thanks, for the welcome grayelf! Has anyone tried the second Benkei? Is the quality the same as the original Benkei. I've been waiting for a closer ramen option to my workplace.

        2. el_lobo_solo RE: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife Jan 29, 2010 10:02 PM

          Does anyone know if santouka ramen is open yet? and...is there a ramen thread to put onto the Olympic thread? couldn't find one

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          1. re: el_lobo_solo
            fmed RE: el_lobo_solo Jan 30, 2010 08:31 AM

            Great topic for a thread!

            I too am curious about Santuoka's opening date.

          2. aussiewonder RE: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife Jan 31, 2010 09:45 AM

            Without a doubt Motomachi Shokudo on Denman is my all time favourite Ramen joint. I've dragged my sick, sorry and hungover self through sleet and rain and cold there for their delicious spicy organic chicken ramen. Their charcoal ramen is also great.
            I was there yesterday afternoon for a big bowl of spiciness and found out that they've extended their Olympic hours and during the month of February WILL BE OPEN WEDNESDAYS.

            Still, cash or debit only. NO CREDIT CARDS (bowls are $8.95 - $9.95) each.

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              kfed RE: aussiewonder Apr 6, 2010 02:17 PM

              for what it's worth, Motomochi is my second fav spot not the Santuoka's is opened.
              motomochi is healthier santuoka is tastier...

              1. re: kfed
                eatrustic RE: kfed Apr 8, 2010 04:43 PM

                Santouka is closed for what could be up to a month. I spoke to the friend of a layed off employee and apparently there was a sprinkler mishap that caused damage.

                1. re: eatrustic
                  grayelf RE: eatrustic Apr 10, 2010 11:21 PM

                  Thanks for the heads up -- I had it shortlisted for a meal in a couple of weeks.

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