Given the growing popularity of Ramen in the Lower Mainland, it’s no surprise that there is yet another one to bring their version of authentic Japanese noodles to Vancouver. The Ramen Butcher is located on the edge of Chinatown on East Georgia. This little ramen shop boasts a nice little menu. Open for lunch and dinner, their small menu is geared towards letting their star dish, tonkotsu ramen, be, well a star!
The menu features seven times of ramen (moslty being named by colour), and four variations of gyoza. Note that their menu is currently expanding. They also offer kaedama – which is an extra serving of noodles only. That means if you still have broth left and you’re still hungry, load up on another serving of noodles for free!
I went with one other person so we had the Red Ramen and the Black Ramen. They offer the choice of lean or fat pork meat – and we both ordered the fatty kind. The broth was thick and flavourful but a bit to the saltier side for my preferences. However, overall it was delicious. The noodles were a little thicker than some of the more popular places in Vancouver and with the heavier broth it was quite filling.
The Red Ramen is so named due to the addition of ‘spicy’ sauce (ie. chili oil). They seem to have up’d the level of spice recently since when we went it was fairly mild. Served with an egg and an assortment of pickled vegetables, this was a nice option.
The Black Ramen had garlic oil added to the tonkatsu broth. It had a mild garlic flavour but was otherwise delicious. Trimmed with the half soft boiled egg and pickled veggies – this was really good.
A thing we noticed as we ate was that the pork was flamed seared by hand – which was a nice touch overall. In general, Ramen Butcher is a quaint ramen place for something a little different that your typical ramen shops. However, if you want to actually be able to drink the broth, this may not be the place to go. However, it is still worth a try if the line up isn’t too long.
Until next time…
223 E Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z9
Tues – Thurs: 11am-3pm & 5pm – 10pm
Fri – Sun: 11am – 10pm