With colder days and rainy nights quickly approaching Metro Vancouver, the need for a stellar bowl of ramen will only grow in demand.
Yet, with so many restaurants and so little time, the question becomes – where can you find the best ramen in Metro Vancouver?
To make things easier and get you started on a bucket list of noodle destinations as the colder weather draws close, here are our picks for the best ramen in the area.
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Marutama takes a different approach with their ramen, opting to use a creamy chicken broth over a traditional pork or beef broth. The end result is an equally creamy but arguably lighter bowl.
Their soft-boiled eggs are second-to-none and if you’re feeling up for it, you can order a second serving of noodles for less than $2.
Address: 780 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
Address: 270 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: 2858 Main Street, Vancouver
Situated on Bidwell Street, Ramen Taka is the first international venture of a popular Japanese chain.
So far, they’ve won the hearts and stomach of the public through a number of wacky food challenges. Earlier this summer, they introduced a “Giga ramen bowl” and they’ve recently brought back their spicy ramen challenge.
Address: 841 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
Ramen Danbo checks off all the boxes, offering classic ramen, shio ramen, miso ramen, negi-goma (white sesame oil).
In addition to offering a deathly spicy “rekka ramen,” diners can order a vegan version of all items on their menu.
Address: 1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: 1833 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Ramen Koika offers a number of unique and tantalizing menu options to capture the attention of diners.
Included on their menu are a triple black garlic ramen, a Sapporo miso ramen, a chicken karage ramen, and a King’s Seafood ramen.
As if that weren’t enough, they also offer an extensive menu of sides, including onigiri, karage, takoyaki, and croquettes, to complete the experience.
Address: 1231 Davie Street, Vancouver
Address: 1479 Robson Street, Vancouver
While you may want to hold off until next summer to try this menu item, Taishoken ramen is renowned for having some of the best Tsukemen (cold ramen) in the area.
Don’t let that stop you from paying a visit though, as the ramen joint maintains a number of heartwarming options for those cold winter nights.
Standout menu items are their tomato cheese ramen and their spicy garlic miso ramen.
Address: 515 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Santouka is hotly contested as having one of the best bowls of ramen in the city.
In addition to hitting all the stops with a wide selection of ramen, both locations offer tasty rice dishes that pair perfectly as a side.
Although you won’t go wrong with any one item, those who crave the spicy and creamy are encouraged to try their kara-miso.
Address: 1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: 558 West Broadway Street, Vancouver
JINYA Ramen Bar
Two standout items to Jinya’s already-popular menu are their wonton chicken ramen and their Goku Midnight Cowboy. The latter, which is less self-explanatory than the first, is a pork broth mixed in with beef brisket, bean sprouts, and a seasoned egg.
Other must-try items on the menu are their Brussels sprouts tempura, mini tacos, and Tokyo curry rice.
Address: 541 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: 2129 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 4575 Central Boulevard (Metrotown), Burnaby
Motomachi Shokudo is another location to offer a limited edition wonton ramen. You’ll have to hurry in to test it out though, as they only prepare 10 servings per day.
Unique offerings at this ramen venture are chicken breast and pork belly appetizers, spicy chicken tofu with a poached egg, and a bamboo charcoal dark miso broth.
Address: 740 Denman Street, Vancouver
The Ramen Butcher
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The Ramen Butcher has been bringing fresh noodles, gyoza, and rice bowls to Vancouverites for just over two years now.
A smaller, but carefully curated menu is highlighted by black garlic ramen, green basil ramen, orange miso ramen, and their butcher shoyu ramen – chicken broth with a kick of ginger.
Address: 223 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Here’s an easy reason to pay a visit to Ramen Gojiro. Each ramen offering on their menu, while it can still be served with a traditional side of chashu, can also be subbed in for a crispy, mouthwatering serving of karaage.
We highly recommend their spicy bakamori, perhaps their largest bowl, piled on with ample servings of both noodles and karaage.
Address: 501 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver