270 Robson Street, Vancouver
Ramen joints are dime a dozen in downtown Vancouver, and most of them are all pretty decent if not good. I can't say the same for other cities. How I wish one of them would consider Surrey, so I don't have to travel so far. :P
Actually I have visited Jinya for at least 5 times now, but somehow never got around to blog about it. The restaurant is located right across form Vancouver public library (central branch) near Yaletown. Since I haven't been there for the pass few month, so I had no idea they had came out with some new varieties.
- pan fried crispy skin with lots of filling
- tender, boneless, dark meat chicken bite that was juicy and tender
- come with 10 level of spiciness
- typically Japanese food is mild, as least that's what I thought when I order the Spicy (LVL5) ramen
- it was hot, the kinda that doesn't dissipate but keep adding up as you eat
- despite the spiciness, you can still detect the thick and rich tonkatsu soup base
- noodles were thicker and chewier than R's black garlic ramen
- delicious tonkatsu base infused with black garlic oil.
- black garlic is not as pungent, and thus flavour is much smoother with a hint of balsamic vinegar taste.
- they used thin noodles here, I would have preferred regular noodles.
Jinya certainly delivers when it comes to ramen. Their prices are at par with most other ones around the area. The ones thing I do like this over other places (such as Santouka), is their noodle did not have the alkaline taste. Overall, I would definitely recommend Jinya, and I hope they will branch out into other cities (hint: Surrey ;D)