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January 15, 2013
Ramen Jinya 陣家

This is fairly new ramen joint located conveniently right across from the main Vancouver Library in downtown.  We decided to drop by here with a party of 6 to celebrate our friend’s birthday at around 6:30PM but it was quite full at the time so we had to wait around 20 minutes.  The restaurant isn’t very big and can fit perhaps 30 people or so.  Judging from the line up on a Monday night, their name has already become quite established in Vancouver so we wanted to give it a go!
Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen - Level 9 Spiciness (you can choose out of 10 levels) - $9.45 (6/7)

Comparing this to authentic Japanese ramen (yes, Gabriel has had at least 50 bowls of authentic ramen in Japan!), this was pretty darn good.  The noodles were nice and chewy, the toppings were fresh and delicious, and the soft boiled egg was absolutely perfect!  Now, lets talk about the spiciness…  We love spicy food.  We can eat mouth-numbing spicy noodles from Szechuan, China or drink spicy soup from Korea, but we must admit that this was quite spicy!  Judging from the first sip, we didn’t feel like it was spicy at all.  However, by the time we reached the second last bite, our mouths were burning!  This type of spiciness was different from Chinese and Korean dishes because it seemed like it accumulated throughout through meal.  For every bite we took, the heat just got worse and worse.   The area around our mouth was completely red but we were foodies with a mission: to finish this bowl!  We ended up engulfing the dish quickly with the help of three glasses of iced water and it took a while for us to cool down.  The noodles were delicious and if we were to come back, we would order level 5 just so we can actually taste the ramen!  The only part about this dish that didn’t really impress us was the pork.  The pork at Kintaro Ramen is probably the best in Vancouver in our opinion.
Food: 6/7
Value: 6/7
Service: 6/7
Ramen Jinya

Sunday’s - Thursday’s: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Friday’s - Saturday’s: 11:00AM - 12:00AM 

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