Restaurant: Q Go Ramen
Last visited: October 29, 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC (Fairview)
Address: 1443 West Broadway
Price Range: $10 or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
- Japanese owned & operated
- Very limited menu
- Specializes in ramen
- Busy for lunch
- Cheap eats/Budget friendly
- Free edamame
- Vegetarian option
- Chicken stock option
- Cash only
- Meter parking
**Recommendations: Miso Ramen with egg and the chashu from the Shio Ramen… if you want to be less high maintenance just get the Miso Ramen with an egg
Q Go Ramen in Vancouver, BC specializes in a very limited menu consisting of 4 types of Japanese ramen soup noodle bowls including: Shio, Miso, Shoyo and Vegetarian. Considering the fact that I am loyal to Ramen Santouka and that almost no ramen in Vancouver can impress me after that one… Q-Go Ramen actually didn’t do a bad job. I can’t say I was really feeling the restaurant even before I entered and I made sure I set my expectations up for disappointment, however my assumptions were wrong. It’s not Ramen Santouka, but it is one of the better ramen places if you order the right things. The ramen was actually decent, it’s a very big portion, it’s reasonably priced, most the ramen toppings are included, and they’re generous with them as well.
I liked it better than Kintaro because it’s not nearly as greasy and I’m also just not a Kintaro fan really. I liked it a tad more than Benkei Ramen and I think I like G-Men Ramen Shop better if I can recall properly. I still haven’t tried all the ramen places, so I’m basing my opinions based on the ones I have listed.
On the table:
- WHAT?! Yes! A couple months ago I tweeted how every Japanese restaurant should give free edamame as an appetizer. This is the first time I’ve come across the much appreciated gesture.
- My theory is that edamame should be like peanuts at a bar, tortilla chips at Mexican, and papdums at Indian… FREE.
- Tonkotsu broth enhanced with salt flavouring served with boiled egg, marinated chashu, arage kikurage fungus (woodear mushrooms), bean sprouts, and green onion $7.50
- Shio is the original flavour. Order this if you want to see what a ramen place can really do and how good it really is.
- It came with 2 slices of chashu with your choice of fatty or lean. The marinated chashu was actually quite delicious. It was very tender and very well flavoured with a nice salty and intense pork flavour. It was more flavorful than the broth.
- The broth was just okay and it wasn’t that flavourful. It wasn’t too salty, but it didn’t have that intense pork flavour where the pork bones are just infused and roasted into the stock. It had some fatty floating pieces in it which makes it “authentic” and it wasn’t too much or too greasy which was good.
- The arage kikurage fungus (woodear mushrooms) are crunchy and jelly like and they taste slightly woody in flavour.
- Tonkotsu broth enriched with Miso flavouring served with chashu, bean sprouts, corn and green onion $7.95 (+$.50 for half boiled egg)
- If you can request the chashu, the BBQ pork, to be the “Shio chashu” it’s way better.
- The broth is really hot and the ingredients were plentiful and I also scored some bamboo shoots which weren’t listed in the ingredients.
- The miso broth is creamier and has way more flavour than the Shio ramen. It has a heavier taste and it’s just more potent, stronger, somewhat saltier, and sweeter.
- The egg is perfect with a soft and creamy egg yolk centre.
- I love how they give you a ton of ingredients and the bowls seem larger than most ramen places.
- I ordered the lean and it came with 2 slices. The chashu in the Miso Ramen was quite tender, but it had no flavour especially when you tried it back to back with the chashu from the Shio Ramen.
- It shred apart quite well and the texture was actually not bad and the pieces were quite decent in size. Considering my high expectations for Japanese chashu after Ramen Santouka, I was pleasantly surprised.
- The ramen noodles aren’t really the “proper” Japanese ramen noodles. They’re not as chewy in texture and they weren’t cooked properly because they were a bit inconsistent. They do give you a whole lot of noodles though, it’s just some of the bites are softer than other