Ramen Sanpachi is a busy little ramen joint just tucked off the corner of Robson on Bute Street. On a rainy Vancouver day, nothing makes you feel better than a steaming bowl of ramen, so I headed here since it was close to work. It was packed full of people and I ended up having to wait a few minutes.
I ordered the miso ramen ($9), which is their signature dish. The bowl of soup came out piping hot with a strong miso aroma. The broth was rich, salty, and had a pleasant depth of flavour. This was one of the bigger bowls of ramen I’ve been served in a restaurant and it was packed full of noodles, veggies and meat.
On top of the soup were four thick slices of fatty melt in your mouth pork. Inside the soup there were plenty of sliced onions, cabbage, and bamboo shoots that gave the soup substance beyond just noodles. The bouncy chewy noodles were cooked al dente and the portion is definitely enough to fill you up for lunch.
Ramen Sanpachi is a good place to stop by on a lunch break and get a bowl of ramen, since it is much closer to the downtown core than many of the other ramen restaurants. The service is also fast, which is good if you are on a time constraint. The portions are large and reasonably priced and the soup tastes great.
If you don’t like ramen, they offer a couple of rice and noodle dishes.
Yes, for a comforting bowl of ramen.