Saturday, 27 July 2013

Ramen Jinya 陣家, Yaletown: Authentic Ramen

First night of Celebration of Lights! Excited, I headed downtown for lunch with RetroGirl and RL. I wanted ramen, and RetroGirl suggested a few places, Ramen Jinya caught my eye because it's not located where near the blob of ramen shops on Robson, instead, it's at the Yaletown end =O

Ramen Jinya 陣家 on UrbanspoonRestaurant: Ramen Jinya 陣家 (visit their website here)
Location: 270 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cuisine: Japanese, Noodle Shop
Price range: about $10

Date of visit: July 27, 2013
Atmosphere: 4/5
Staff/service: 4/5
Food variety: 4/5
Food quality: 4/5
Buck worthy? 4/5

Upon entrance, I notice it's more brightly lit and urban than the other ramen shops, looked cleaner. Was a bit iffy about being seated right near the door, but glad we did, since it started getting warm and the cool breeze from outside was wonderful. RL tried their Tonkotsu Ramen Black ($11.25) before, so he ordered it again. Quite interesting, it was made with black seasame oil, hence the "black". Seems to be a popular item to be ordered.

I couldn't decide between two ramens, but since RetroGirl ordered their Original Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen ($9.75), I ordered the other. Hers looked quite fatty, but she said it was deliciously fatty =) Also ordered a soft-boiled egg ($1.00) on the side, which arrived separately from the ramen-- interesting. Do you see the giant ladle-spoon? It made eating a bit difficult haha but quite cool.

Finally, mines! I ordered a Tonkotsu Shio Ramen ($9.75) and remembered I like Shio much more than Shoyu miso, so I  was happy =D It's interesting here, they use authentic ramen (according to RetroGirl who has been in Japan for a while before). It's thinner than the other ramen I've had before, and it was really good. The broth was to die for. It was so rich and the flavors burst in my mouth. Almost had a foodgasm (please excuse the language). The Char Siu was also tender and not very fat, I liked it a lot. The broth ended up being a bit fattier than I'd expected, but everything comes for a price =P

Very memorable indeed, so if I'm in the area I will be sure to come again! Having learnt thin ramen is what one would expect in Japan is very intriguing for me, what of the other ramen places then? Are they FAKES D= They gave us a cute fan for the fireworks though ^-^

Anywho, very nice servers and spacious little store with delicious food? I'll be BACK.

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