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Guide: 10 delicious Vancouver ramen restaurants to try this year

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It’s no secret that Vancouver is the best city in Canada, and maybe even North America, for ramen. We’ve attracted all kinds of concepts to the city over the years, from major Japanese names to authentic, hole-in-the-wall options. The best part? Each and every one of them is worth trying.

With that in mind, here are 10 delicious Vancouver ramen joints to try this winter.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

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Probably the most famous spot in the city for ramen. Everything here is good, but we personally recommend their spicy miso ramen and the gyoza. The best part about ordering takeout? You won’t have to stand in one of the most infamous ramen lines in Vancouver.

Where: Multiple locations
Options: Takeout, delivery and dine-in

Motomachi Shokudo

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A staple in the West End, Motomachi Shokudo has more than earned the term sleeper hit. While we prefer dining in here (it is, by far, the most ramen feeling space on this list to us), we definitely think takeout and delivery will just as tasty.

Where: 740 Denman Street
Options: Takeout, delivery and dine-in

Ramen Danbo

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Our top pick for the classic shoyu ramen that most people associate with the dish. Rich and creamy, with just the right amount of salt. The Negi-Goma is delicious as well, for those craving a little healthier-feeling ramen. Don’t be afraid to add an egg and grab the chashu-pork donburi on the side, either.

Where: Multiple locations
Options: Takeout, delivery and dine-in

Ramen Densetsu

 

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A newcomer in 2020, Ramen Densetsu has already built a loyal following in Kitsilano. Now, it’s time for the rest of the city to get in on the action. Keep things simple with a classic shoyu broth, or try their tantanmen ramen, which brings spice and nuttiness to a chicken broth instead.

Where: 2825 W Broadway
Options: Takeout, delivery and dine-in

Jinya Ramen Bar

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These guys do some fantastic unique flavours, but they get the nod for having the best vegan ramen dish by far. How they do it, we don’t know, but it seriously blew us away when we first tried it.

Where: Multiple locations
Options: Takeout, delivery and dine-in

Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba

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Another new name for 2020, this spot offers a particular dish that we’re intrigued by. Sure, (tasty) ramen is available, but the real draw here is the mazesoba, which is more or less the brothless cousin of ramen. Fun fact- this Japanese chain is the largest in the world for the dish.

Where: 551 Seymour Street
Options: Takeout, delivery and dine-in

The Ramen Butcher

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Although the name is unique, The Ramen Butcher is affiliated with the insanely popular Menya Kouji Group in Japan. You can’t go wrong with the menu, but we highly recommend checking them out for their great happy hour deal.

Where: 223 E Georgia Street
Options: Takeout, delivery and dine-in

Marutama Ramen

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Definitely the best spot in the city if you’re craving a chicken-based broth. While every other spot on this list specializes in pork, these guys excel at making chicken just as delicious, if not more so. There’s a reason why it’s Jason Momoa’s favourite.

Where: Multiple locations
Options: Takeout and dine-in

Taishoken Ramen

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Our top pick for the underrated tsukemen style of ramen, where the noodles and broth are served separately. Insanely rich and decadent, but oh so good when you’re ready for it. Go for hot instead of cold noodles, by the way. You can thank us later.

Where: 515 Abbott Street
Options: Takeout, delivery and dine-in

Hida Takayama Ramen

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Tucked into the food court at the Robson Public Market, this counter-service spot gives the best value for ramen in the city. Rumour has it the owner gave up his meat shop in Chinatown so his son could run it, which means he’s getting the best pork for the broth.

Where: Robson Public Market, 1610 Robson Street
Options: Takeout, delivery and dine-in

And that’s our guide for some amazing ramen restaurants in Vancouver to try out in 2021! Make the most of the less-than-stellar weather with a big bowl of delicious this week. We know we’re going to.