Shibuyatei Ramen - Richmond

Wow, this place this is such a hidden gem! And a well hidden one at that.  It's located in an industrial parking lot beside a car wash haha! Despite it's odd location, this place is the real deal. Riding my bike through a dusty, industrial lot with the sun beating down on my skin was SOO worth it haha! Yes, I'm willing to travel through sand, rain or snow for good food ;)
Shibuyatei is a two man show, with the chef manning the counter and one waiter working the floor. Since they're so short staffed, the food takes a while to make, so be prepared to wait! It looked like the poor chef was under a lot of pressure because his hands were shaking when he was making sushi! Poor guy, I felt so bad for him! No need to rush, we can wait :)

And the funny thing is, when I went, a friend of mine on Instagram @yvreats, was there at the same time haha! We just didn't know who each other were, until I saw the photo she posted of her meal at Shibuyatei! She said that she suspected me being a foodie because I had a huge camera with me haha!
Gyoza $6.50 Half Pork/Half Prawn
4/5 stars
These were a bit expensive at over a $1 each, but the quality definitely justified the price! The wrappers were well made: thin and elastic, and had a great chew to them. The prawn filling was fragrant, juicy, and tasted really fresh. Try eating these without sauce first, I really appreciated the clean flavour of the shrimp! The pork filling was super juicy and full of flavour! It also came with some vinegar on the side!
Larmen $9.50
4/5 stars
 They call their ramen "Larmen" in order to differentiate themselves from the other ramen joints in the GVR! You can also get the Charsyumen with extra pieces of char siu for $13.50! Since I had already ordered gyoza I decided to skip out on extra slices of meat haha. You can choose between the Shoyu or Shio broth, and I went with shoyu!
They advertise that they don't add any msg to the broth, but I was still really impressed with how flavourful the broth was! The broth was clean and light, with a simple soy sauce flavour. It was actually pretty salty but didn't leave you thirsting for a jug of water! The ramen noodles were great: they were al dente, and were very toothsome and had bite. There was an ample amount of bean sprouts and veggies, bamboo shoots, and one lone piece of char siu! The char siu was nice and lean, which resulted in it being not as tender in comparison to other ramen places, but it was still tasty nonetheless!
Closeup of the noodles! Hey, do you like my new shooting style? ;) Since it's summer I've finally found to time to learn how to use my dslr "properly" haha and I've been shooting manual lately!
(Click to Enlarge) And here's a look at their menu! I've heard that their curry katsu and shibuya is awesome as well so I'm definitely try those next time! :)

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6 comments:

  1. No soft-boiled egg on top of the larmen ?

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    1. Sadly no haha :( I dont think they have any, it wasn't available on the menu as an additional topping.
      Have you tried Shibuyatei? :)

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  2. No, unfortunately I'm not really into Japanese ramen, or at least not how they are presented here. I LIKE ramen noodles a lot (and noodles in general across all cultures), but somehow I find it very hard to want to shell out $8-12 for a bowl. Can't explain it. I'd rather have a really good bowl of pho, bun bho hue, zhajiang mian, Taiwanese beef noodles, or a plate of spag carbonara or pesto linguini, for less or for more $. You get the drift. But just not ramen. Maybe one day I'll change my ways.

    BTW, on a slight digression, I highly recommend TBN or pho at The Green Bamboo at Crystal Mall. Storefront faces Willingdon, and they are next door to Han Ju. VERY good noodles. Must try.

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    1. I totally understand your rationale, it can be hard to justify paying $10 for a bowl of noodles!
      I love Green Bamboo! I've tried their lemongrass pork on vermicelli before and it was great! I saw a sign advertising their za zhiang mein which I thought was kind of random given they're a vietnamese restuarant haha...but looks like I'll have to go back and try their noodles now! :)

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  3. Hi! It's @yvreats or Alana as I'm known outside of IG, lol! Finally got around to reading this. Great job! Can't wait to bump into you again!!! :)

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    1. Hi Alana! Thanks! Hopefully I'll bump into you again soon haha! Have a great day! Keep up the great work on ig! ;)

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