On Sunday I went to Cambie/Broadway to try Menya Japanese Noodle but it was closed! Determined to get some ramen, I hopped on the bus and ended up in the West End which is known for all of its ramen joints!
Hida Takayama Ramen is located in the back corner of the Robson Public Market food court (which is a pretty run down, sad looking place by now). Their ramen is served without egg or corn or anything other than the basics – chasu (roast pork), menma (bamboo shoots), and nori. They say this is so you’ll focus on the chasu, noodles, and broth!
What I ate
White Sesame Ramen
- Not very sesame-y or nutty but I found the extra fat made the soup thick and rich without being greasy (and was very tasty)
- The portion of noodles and meat served here is huge
- I prefer a thinner noodle usually but the thick accompanied the heavy broth nicely
- Chasu was just okay, not fatty enough, but they give a lot of it
- Very well priced, at less than $10 for the bowl
A worthy competitor to the ramen giants of Robson street. I’m amazed that it has such low ratings on Urbanspoon. Almost guaranteed there will be no wait, and you get a lot of bang for your buck (probably the cheapest ramen in the neighborhood)!