Motomachi Shokudo

Motomachi Shokudo is one of the many ramen restaurants located in the West End around Robson and Denman. I don’t get why ramen places don’t spread out so they can serve more customers, but oh well, I guess you just have to travel to the West End to get ramen.

I’ve put off going to Motomachi for a while because when I do feel like ramen, I normally go to the other places in the area, but one night I decided to try something different and give Motomachi a chance.

Bamboo Charcoal Dark Miso Ramen

The dish that Motomachi is known for that separates them from the other places in the area is their bamboo charcoal dark miso ramen.

The colour of the broth is really intense, but don’t be scared by it, I actually didn’t notice much flavour from the bamboo charcoal. The broth just tasted like a thin miso broth with a little bit extra earthy flavour. While I am glad I got to try this broth, it wasn’t as exceptional as I was hoping for

The pork was decent. Pretty tender and pulled apart easy, but I have had better.

My favourite thing about this dish was the beautiful soft boiled egg. I’ve never had an egg in ramen because normally you have to pay extra for them and I’m cheap. The egg was nice and soft and with a golden runny yolk.

I have mixed emotions about Motomachi Shokudo. While my meal was tasty and satisfying, there are better ramen shops literally within the same block (try Kintaro or Hokkaido Ramen Santouka), so I doubt I would make a special trip to come here again. The black bamboo charcoal wasn’t exciting enough for me to come back for. If you don’t feel like lining up outside of the more popular places, this place will do the trick, but if you are searching for the best, try elsewhere.


Yes, for decent ramen, but not “the best” ramen.

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Categories: $$ ($10-$15), Ramen, Vancouver, West End


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2 Comments on “Motomachi Shokudo”

  1. Cynthia
    April 9, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    My husband loves their less salty broth. But I was really ticked off by their service. Normally japaness waitress are very nice, the one we had last time was cold. The cold noodle I tried during summer had no taste. It was really bad that I have ask for a bit ponzu sauce. She said they don’t have it. I said just bring me some viniger then. She looked at me with a annoyed look and said they will charge 50 cents. I was so turned off by her attitude. Of course, that was our LAST trip there.

  2. April 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    I actually like Motomachi over Kintaro but nothing can beat Santouka. I found Kintaro’s broths way too salty and fatty for me and like Cynthia’s husband (above), I preferred how Motomachi’s broth was less salty.

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