R is for Ramen Butcher which is a Japanese comfort food restaurant in Chinatown on Georgia Street. It is a lovely gem admist the hustle and bustle of the streets.
The Ramen Butcher has its specialty menu which focuses on as the name suggest "ramen". Since this Japanese Ramen restaurant makes fresh noodles and provides extra noodles as a part of their service. This is a great way to ensure that people leave with happy with a full belly.
I've tried ramen before but had never heard of Tsukemen so I had to give it a try. Tsukemen is a dish where the noodles are served separately from the soup concentrate and instead of drinking the soup, it is enjoyed by dipping the noodles in the soup concentrate. It's flavorful and fun to be dipping noodles. After the plate of noodles, they provide "soup wari" which dilutes the conentrate so it can be consumed. Those who wish may ask for rice to combine in the soup. It was a fun experience and I was full without the rice.
This might be because we started with Karrage and they were plump pieces of fried chicken served with sauce and is meant for sharing.
One friend had the classic Tonkatsu (Pork Broth) Ramen with the marinated egg and thin noodles.
Another friend had the Tori Ramen (Chicken Ramen) served with medium thick noodles and after he finished the extra noodle ball with his leftover soup, that was enough to keep him full.
The Ramen Butcher was a great place to catch up with friends and enjoy the Japanese comfort food. Everything on the menu was delicious! They have monthly specials and at $10-$15 per bowl, this makes the Ramen Butcher worth returning for.