Update: This restaurant has closed.
Feeling like ramen, while waiting for dad’s surgery to be done, I searched on google to see if there’s a nearby ramen place without having to go to Downtown. I found Ikkyu Ramen Ten and decided to go there for lunch/early dinner afterwards.
It turned out to be actually quite far from VGH. But my parents said that since we’ve driven all this way already we should just go.
Looking at the decor, I had a bad feeling. It’s obviously not authentic Japanese. If I had known the Chinese name of the place, I would’ve known already. My assumptions were quickly clarified when the owner spoke Cantonese to us. However, I thought to myself, they named the place “Ramen Ten”, it must be their specialty and I might discover a gem.
I was intent on having ramen. They have 4 different kinds.
We asked what the difference was between all of them. Basically, the type of miso used in the soup, and the “chewiness” of the noodles. I thought they were supposed to be all the same.
Originally dad and I ordered the Sapporo style, only to find out later that they don’t have the ingredients for it yet. Strike one. Then why did she push so hard for us to get that one then in the first place?
When owner lady came back to tell us Sapporo style wasn’t available, I then decided on the Ikkyu Black Sesame Ramen. For dad, the original Unagi Ramen.
Now comes strike two. The Unagi Ramen is $1 cheaper than the other choices. Owner lady kept asking “So you want that instead of Sapporo Style?” We asked her back “But you said Sapporo Style wasn’t available.”
Owner lady: How about the other styles? They’re pretty good.
Us: No that’s ok. Unagi Ramen.
Owner lady: Why don’t you guys wait for him to come back first to decide? (Dad was in bathroom at this time and asked us to order for him)
Mom: No it’s ok. Unagi Ramen is fine.
Owner lady: So you want that instead of Sapporo Style?
Us: But you SAID that wasn’t available!!
Then she muttered something and went away.
So here’s the Ikkyu Black Sesame Ramen in shoyu soup. It was awful. The noodle was soggy and soft. The soup was blah. And it’s CANTONESE STYLE CHAR SIU!!!!
Honestly, I really think that the noodle used is supposed to be soba noodles. At first taste it tasted like it. Man was it soggy!!! No good!
Mom’s Yokohama Style Beef Ramen in white miso soup. This soup was a bit better, but nothing compared to the you-know-whats in Downtown. The beef was tender though. I think it’s teriyaki beef. See those two sad strips of seaweed?
The noodle was a bit chewier.
Dad’s Unagi Ramen in regular miso soup. The noodles were a bit soggier than Mom’s, but better than mine.
Soup was blah again. Nothing else to say about it.
We also ordered BBQ Squid for $4.95. It was pretty fresh and sweet, but it was NOT BBQ’d. More like boiled. Maybe they just meant BBQ sauce and by BBQ sauce I mean teriyaki sauce.
So it makes me wonder how this place survived. Well, at around the time we’re there, a LOT of younger high schoolers (older elementary?) came to eat. They do have quite cheap sushi rolls and combos though. Maybe that’s how.
Obviously I would NOT recommend this place. It’s quite rundown and dirty. The washroom was one stall and the floor was WET. GROSS!! The walls were done very badly, decor was just gut-wrenching. I don’t know how I survived it. Don’t know how I didn’t get a stomach ache after!!!