Ramen Danbo is a Japan-based restaurant chain famous for their fukuoka-style tonkotsu ramen. From humble beginnings in a small town of Chikushino, Japan the Ramen Danbo chain has grown consistently throughout the years with Vancouver being the first North American location outside of Japan.
Located in the heart of Kitsilano, the drive here was a bit tedious but I was determined to finally give to this place a try after being on my Zomato wish list for over two years! Thanks Zomato for the constant reminder 😛 Met up with Jacques for a quick bite and luckily arriving at 6pm was perfect since we were given a table almost immediately.
Compared to most ramen shops around the city, I find Ramen Danbo to be most flexible when it comes to customizing your perfect bowl of ramen! From the noodles (thick or thin), firmness of noodles ranging from very firm to soft, thickness of broth, amount of lard (yes, lard!) to spicy level. Ramen toppings such as soft boiled egg, seaweed, mushrooms, etc are an extra cost. Side dishes are also available- combinations are only available from 11am-5pm so I would definitely recommend coming early to score a better deal.
Miso Chashu-men ($13.95) All of their chashu-men comes with six pieces of thinly sliced braised pork belly. If you’re a meat lover, it’s best to go with their chashu-men! Jacques really enjoyed the broth and his thin noodles that he opted for, but he wasn’t a fan of the chashu as it was too thin and fatty.
Classic Ramen ($9.75)+ Nitamago ($1.50) The classic ramen features their signature tonkotsu pork broth using pork bones and specially treated water. The process extracts both the umami (pleasant savory taste) and vitamins, to create a full-bodied, pure, and creamy Tonkotsu base. I opted for firm thick noodles, standard broth, standard lard, and no spicy sauce to get a clean taste of the broth. The broth was slightly milky and unctuous. I personally thought it was flavourful and rich- thanks to the lard, too. Might not sit in people’s stomach too well… so you could probably skip out on the lard entirely. Noodles were nice and toothsome – and I would have to agree that the meat could have been cut a little thicker. It was also rather bland tasting. Kamamarui still takes the top spot for their delicious charshu! As for the egg, it was almost perfect. Still quite enjoyable 🙂
Oh yeah, tea is an extra two bucks here. Bummer.
1833 4 Ave W
1333 Robson St