With an abundance of “rameniacs” in this city, it’s no wonder Japanese ramen companies have made their way to Vancouver. Japanese owned and operated restaurants like Benkei Ramen, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka and Kintaro Ramen have all made their respective dents in the Vancouver ramen scene.
Recently opened, this Ramen Sanpachi location had a few flat screen TVs for sports fans to watch a game and enjoy their ramen. Although they were playing MMA while we were dining, they did mention that they play all Canucks games. The decor was attractive, although its theme did not match the outside of the restaurant. It appeared as though Sanpachi was attempting a trendier and more upscale look + sports bar. I think they succeeded in their endeavor, as the restaurant had a fantastic atmosphere.
Black Cod Saikyo ($8.95) – baked, miso marinated black cod (sablefish) atop a salad of lettuce, red peppers, avocado, radicchio, radish, and carrots. A small dollop of potato salad was also included. The fish was cooked perfectly, we just wish there was more of it!
Cha-Shu Ramen ($10.95) – a generous amount of pork and even more bountiful portion of noodles. These bowls were huge! Although both ramen dishes were quite salty, I always expect this at any ramen restaurant. Glasses of water and their supremely refreshing green tea kindly quenched our thirst.
Miso Ramen ($8.95) with egg ($1.00) – a rich and hearty miso broth. The noodles had a slight bite to them and appeared more slender than noodles at other ramen restaurants. Compared to Benkei Ramen, our most recent Kitsilano ramen experience, this ramen had more pieces of cabbage and lettuce.
Overall, Ramen Sanpachi is a fantastic Japanese ramen restaurant, with a lovely ambiance and excellent service. Tip: During lunch hours (11am – 3pm) they offer up to 50% off select ramen dishes. If you’re in Kits at lunchtime, definitely check out Ramen Sanpachi!