Kamamarui Ramen still remains as one of my favourite ramen spots in the Lower Mainland. It’s tucked away in an unassuming plaza near the busy intersection of Royal Oak and Kingsway so it’s quite the hidden gem. The place is definitely small with limited seating, which is typical for many ramen establishments. Accommodation for larger groups of four or more can be quite difficult on a busy day, so I wouldn’t recommend it! For those dining alone, they have counter seats at the back.
Each table is provided with their house-made Chili Oil, Spicy Sauce, and Ramen sauce for you to tweak your broth to your liking.
The menu here is pretty simple. You choose between tonkotsu or miso as your soup base in original or rich broth.For additional toppings, I wouldn’t recommend adding the egg because it’s simply microwaved and served on a small dish over soy sauce. Similar to many ramen joints in the city, you can customize your ramen into a combo at an extra cost.If you’re not feeling ramen, appetizers and rice bowls are also available for order.
Every time I come here, I always get their Chashu Ramen ($11.50)+ Bomb ($1.50) combo.Their Chashu ramen includes pork soup base seasoned with soy flavour, green onion, bean sprouts, and four generous slices of chashu. The noodles were medium thick and nicely cooked al dente with the right amount of firmness. Unfortunately, the tonkotsu broth fell flat as it lacked the richness and complexity I’m used to from other ramen joints. The chashu is always my favourite part of the dish- the meat was beautifully charred with a shiny glaze.
The Bombs are slightly different from traditional Japanese onigiri. They’re essentially grilled rice balls formed into oval shapes with teriyaki sauce, rice seasoning, seaweed, and sesame seeds. The bombs had a nice smoky, charred, soy flavour. I never get sick of them 🙂
The boyfriend loves their chashu so much he ordered Extra Chashu ($2.50) with his Chashu Miso Ramen ($11.50).
Overall, Kamamarui is a pretty decent place to get your ramen fix when you don’t feel like trekking out to Downtown Vancouver for ramen!
6514 Royal Oak Ave
Price: $ (0-20)