Menya Japanese noodle on West Broadway is the latest ramen shop to spring up in Vancouver, just East of the Canada Line station off Cambie. It’s situated in a bit of a no man’s land surrounded by random low-rise, nondescript office buildings and empty lots.
(Top to bottom: 1. Japanese style Tan Tan Noodles. 2. Gyoza)
Menya has a remarkably small menu — mostly ramen noodles, but rounding it off with udon and a rice dish. Case ordered their version of Tan Tan noodles: tender ramen noodles swimming in a bath of peanut sauce. The flavours were definitely nice, but they should go easy on the sauce as it easily overpowers the noodles.
I ordered the Shoyu Ramen. The well cooked ramen noodles played beautifully with the bevy of garnishes. The broth, although nice, lacked the familiar body and heft we normally enjoy from other ramen joints. For an extra few dollars, I made the ramen a set which included four delicately pan-fried gyozas and a super tasty rice ball (highly recommended).
(Top to bottom: 1. Shoyu Ramen Noodles 2. Fried Rice Ball.)
Our meal came to around $24 including taxes and tips, which is about on par with most ramen shops around town. The service was so-so, and the space cramped, but overall the noodles were solid and the side dishes help elevate the meal.
Perfect for: a hot bowl of ramen noodles off the Canada Line.
401 West Broadway, Vancouver