I have a feeling I will get some backlash for writing this post. Why? Well let me get my final thoughts on Kawawa out early in this post. Quite simply, I really enjoyed the food and will definitely go back.
Kawawa is located inside Metrotown right beside their All-You-Can-Eat establishment of the same name. Now I know I know, this really isn’t an authentic ramen restaurant. Heck, none of the people that work there are Japanese. But they actually make some of the better non-Downtown non-Japanese-run ramen I’ve ever tasted.
LBF ordered the Beef Tongue (or “beef tough” as it’s written on the menu) and I think it’s around $8-9. It came in their “Japanese Style Broth” which I’ll assume is equivalent to shio. It came with a measly 3 small slices of “beef tough” and indeed it was tough, or so I’m told. The soup however was quite flavorful and the ramen noodles were not bad. Quite al dente.
L ordered Combo A which came with a bowl of ramen in Japanese-style broth and a small bowl of charshu rice, which you will see later. It was $7.95 which is a pretty good deal.
As for me, I ordered the Combo B which is basically the same thing but with Miso soup instead. My ramen also came with one slice of pretty fatty, yummy charshu. I only wish they gave more, as it was made pretty well. The soup was quite rich and concentrated and you can clearly taste miso in it. I liked it more than the version at Miko (oh I still have to write that post huh….)
And here’s the Charshu rice bowl. They do give quite a bit of sauce so I really liked this a lot. Especially when it’s packed for next day’s work lunch!!
Where in Metrotown is Kawawa? Is it upstairs from McDonalds? Thanks for writing this. I now have one more place to go to lunch!
Actually, I didn’t mind Kawawa that much. Similar to you, I thought it wasn’t that bad. Of course, since I am in Downtown Vancouver a lot, I see no reason to go to Kawawa…
Kawawa Ramen doesn’t necessarily suck. It’s okay for Burnaby. Not great compared to the Downtown heavy weights. What I really can’t stand is the restaurant beside it! 🙂