270 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
Honestly, ramen and I never really clicked. Growing up as a northern-Chinese descendent with two live-in chefs that specialized in northern-Chinese and Shanghai cuisines, my noodle preference would be thick, handmade and extremely Q (usually require kneading for approximately an hour). With that bias, it's quite inappropriate for me to talk about ramen...I simply don't know what's consider good or bad. Simply speaking, my post, my experience, my thoughts.
Butter chicken or ramen? With such a chilly weather, I opted to warm up with a bowl of noodles. So driving just around the corner from Grounds For Appeal (my favorite place for butter chicken) was this ramen shop that seemed to get a lot of attention lately.
Other than the noodles (al-dente for me), the Spicy Tonkatsu Ramen was disappointing. The meat was braised to a "melt-in-your-mouth" tenderness, but the "rumbled-in-your-stomach" fat was unbearable. The broth was porky, but it was extremely greasy and oily. To add more to the damage, the saltiness had me chucking down two glasses of water. In the end, I only managed to finish half of the bowl and left the rest...so not me.
My ramen was served in a large and deep bowl, which was okay, but the spoon provided was a soup spoon that's commonly used in Chinese households as a serving spoon, not an individual spoon. I don't know about others, but I wasn't too comfortable eating with an over-sized spoon that's the same length as my chopsticks.