Q Go Ramen

IMG_3881Address:

1443 West Broadway

Vancouver, BC

 

Tel: (604) 568-9916

 

June 15, 2013 – Lunch

Written by: Second Stomach

 

I met up with Special K today. She’s back for a visit and we’re in the Granville/Broadway area looking for an asian place to eat. Special K doesn’t get to eat Asian food very often. Unfortunately, some places were not open yet, but I spotted a ramen place and we decided to give it a try.

I was attracted to the special posted outside – Buy 1 Chashu don, and get the 2nd one at 50% off. Since it seemed Special K wasn’t really into noodles today, this is what we ended up ordering.

 

Inside the restaurant is very casual. We were seated quickly and not too long after, I quickly noticed the tv in the background (showing Japanese shows, ofcourse).

 

Here’s the menu:

 

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Our lunch today:

Takoyaki

Gyoza

Chashu Don

 

Takoyaki – $3.75

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- I was first introduced to takoyaki many years ago at the Richmond night market and it’s become a favorite snack for me ever since. It’s basically a Japanese dumpling filled with a bit of octopus and topped with bonito flakes, seaweed, and mayo and okonomiyaki sauce.

- 4 takoyaki came in 1 order – just enough to wet our appetites.

- The takoyaki tended to be a bit more crispy on the bottom – but the rest of it was very soft. It was sweet and savory and the octopus inside was a larger chunk than I was used to.

-  I think I actually preferred the takoyaki at the Richmond night markets over this order. I find the whole experience of watching them cook add to the experience – and perhaps a more even distribution of the crispier exterior of the ball versus today’s version.

 

Taste: 3.5/5

Presentation: 3.5/5

Value: 3/5

 

Gyoza – $3.50

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- 6 Japanese dumplings came in an order.

- I was disappointed at how these were pan-fried. I found some of them burned a little too much as you can see in the photo above. Only 1 side was pan-fried.

 

Here’s a closer look inside one of the gyoza’s:

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- Inside was minced pork and vegetables.

- Overall, I found these to be quite average – perhaps they lacked a bit of flavor and juice and just weren’t presented to my liking.

 

Taste: 3/5

Presentation: 3/5

Value: 3/5

 

 

Chashu Don – $6.50

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This is a Japanese rice bowl – served with marinated pork, bean sprout, egg, green onion, seaweed, and house special sauce.

 

Here’s a closer look at the pork:

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I was really happy to see that there was a generous portion of pork chunks. Most pieces of pork were tender although I did come across some that I felt were a bit overcooked.

 

Here’s a look at the egg that came with the rice bowl:

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- Again, I was really happy to see that my egg wasn’t overcooked! The yolk was almost perfect and it mixed well with my rice.

- Overall, I was really pleased with this rice bowl. It had the right ingredients – with generous portions of pork, and the sauce was sweet and savory. I also love Japanese rice – so this entire mixture was a great combination.

 

Taste: 4/5

Presentation: 4/5

Value: 4/5

 

Here’s the bill for the 2 of us today. You’ll note that we got 50% off our second rice bowl (so we were charged $3.25 for the second bowl) – which made this a great value!

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We enjoyed our lunch at Q Go Ramen today. Although I’m sure Special K would have preferred something Chinese, I hope that she was pleasantly surprised with the rice bowls we had today (although she didn’t finish her bowl, she almost did). Perhaps the next time I can convince her to have authentic Japanese ramen (she has the impression of the instant ramen noodle packages).

 

The good…

- Great specials. Today’s special for Chashu Don was a great value and really tasty too

- Relatively quick service

 

The bad…

- Cash only

- Menu rather limited to a few selections – mainly ramen, rice bowls, and a few appetizers
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