Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Benkei Ramen (West Broadway)

I stopped by the new shop over on West broadway today, and tried to order the Shiro Ramen, but found that they changed the name to Peko Ramen. 

Apparently they renamed it because people had trouble differentiating Shio (salt) Ramen and Shiro (white) Ramen.  It was their grand opening today, but by the time I got there around 10pm, it wasn't very busy.  The restaraunt sure was new - still smelled like fresh paint.  The staff was friendly, quick and efficient.  My friends were already there and I joined them late, but as soon as I sat down, the waitress came with a menu and a glass of water.

Anyway, I ordered the Shiro/Peko ramen and it turned out pretty good, just as I sampled over at their location on 5th.  The broth is defintely consistent, the noodles were cooked well.  The broth was nice and rich, so it was probably good that it came with a lean cut of chicken breast.  That being said, I still prefer the fattier parts like's what ramen should come with - fat......not this west-coast healthy stuff.

Over all, pretty good.  My sensei tried the Akaoni ramen and said it was pretty good, though I personally like to stay away from the spicy stuff. For those of you who have no idea where to find this place, it\s kind of in an area where you would not likely find a ramen shop. If you can find Modern Burger and Whitespot, you will eventually bump into Benkei Ramen on Broadway.

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  1. gonna check this place out soon. i enjoy the location on Thurlow downtown so am sure this location will deliver. good post!

  2. Thanks for the post, yep, I'm sure you'll find the experience a good one. When I spoke to the management at the grand opening of the 5th Avenue location, they said that their goal is consistancy, and I think they've achieved just that.

    If you liked their Thurlow location, you won't be disappointed by the Broadway one.

  3. I came here the other day and the service was so horrible and awful. The staff was cocky and unorganized and irresponsible. The ramen was all dried too

  4. Hi Jen,

    Thanks for reading. It's been a long time since I stepped into a Benkei Ramen, and I wouldn't be surprised if the quality of food and service has gone down. The last time I went to one, I wasn't particularly impressed. I'd suggested you try Nan Chuu Izakaya in Richmond for a good ramen fix.



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