After going shopping, it was one of those lazy nights where we didn’t feel like cooking at home. The boyfriend and I decided to go to Cattle Cafe since it was right across from the mall, and also we heard it opened again right next to the old location. We knew something was not right when we got to the entrance, with no lights to be found or people inside the supposed “new” location. Well, that was disappointing since we were craving a nice warm bowl of noodles and Asian style French toast. Since we aren’t in this area much, we spent the next 5 minutes shivering in the cold trying to think of a backup place to eat. Warm, soupy noodles… Oooh! Kamamarui! I’ve heard great things about it, but never had the chance to try it. We spared no time shivering in the cold, ran back to the car and made our way to Kamamarui.
We were relieved to find the restaurant half full. After walking in, we were greeted and told to sit down at the waiting chairs. The guy spent a pretty long time (well, longer than necessary), to clean everything and have us seated even though it wasn’t busy. He was just hanging out, walking back and forth slowly, while we sat there waiting for him to seat us… eventually, he finished wiping the table and went back and was doing some other stuff. We were getting kind of impatient so we just sat down at the table, there weren’t any customers waiting anyways… so yeah, service was a bit slow and the server seemed very chill and nonchalant about everything LOL.
The menus were tacked on the wall, which was more convenient for both the servers and customers I guess? The walls looked like cement but they actually weren’t. Menu was pretty straightforward, they mostly served ramen and small sides such as gyoza/rice/or these rice balls known as “bombs”.
My favourite type of ramen is shio because it’s usually very rich and creamy, something I crave in ramen broth. Since they didn’t have shio, I ordered the tonkotsu ($9) because that seemed like the next closest thing to the richest broth there was. The broth was very creamy, rich, and flavourful. The noodles were cooked al dente and had a great bounce to it. In addition, the cha shu was very tender and sweet since it was covered in some sort of marinade. As I was enjoying the noodles, I realized that the broth was so thick that I ended up asking for some hot water (which the server microwaved, I was confused) to dilute it.
The boyfriend ordered the cha shu ramen with extra noodles. The cha shu ramen didn’t specify which broth it was, but it tasted like mine. The meat was also the same as the one in my bowl, so I guess the only difference with his was that he received a lot of extra cha shu. He also thoroughly enjoyed his noodles and cha shu.
Our bowls of ramen were very satisfying and delicious. From the reviews and positive things I have heard about Kamamarui, I personally that it really does live up to the type. I had my doubts that this place would be on par with Kintaro Ramen or Santouka Ramen in the Great Authentic Ramen District (fyi, I just made up the name of the district lolol), but it really is a great substitute if you don’t want to commute down to the Denman area, or spend 15 minutes looking for parking only to give up and go to a not so great ramen place
Ramen Sanpachi (which is what happened in the summer to me). I know that it’s not authentic and is Korean owned, and I’m not sure if they slow cook their broth like the others, but I do know that it’s pretty decent here. I think we will be back!
Also, has anyone else noticed how much Vancouver loves Japanese food? I’ve noticed that lately, most my food posts are on Japanese cuisine 😛 It’s not that I purposely blog on Japanese food, I guess that’s just what I eat when I go out because it’s harder to make at home (I don’t trust myself with sashimi or making an amazing slow cooked ramen broth). I’ve also noticed that more than half of the top 10 restaurants on Urbanspoon Vancouver right now are Japanese, or have some sort of Japanese influence. Japanese food is taking over!