A girlfriend and I met up for lunch early this week, after I hadn’t seen her for quite awhile. She just had another lunch date that cancelled, so we decided to eat together last minute and at a place not too far from her office, Ezogiku Noodle Cafe, since she also was in a bit of a rush.
Ezogiku is basically on the edge of Yaletown, on Robson Street near Hamilton, and they are essentially another Japanese ramen restaurant that makes a large variety of soups. We were there during the lunch hour, and thus were lucky to get the last table before a few people came after us and had to wait a short while.
I went with the Kimchi Ramen Soup, as I was having an odd craving for the spicy and vinegary flavour of the pickled greens that day. There are options, like other noodle soup places, to add on things like extra vegetables, meat, etcetera, and so I had to get a boiled egg thrown in. I quite enjoyed the broth of this soup, and didn’t find it too rich or difficult to handle. It also had quite a few sui choy greens, a couple of pieces of pork, green onion, and some imitation crab meat (that I always tend to stay away from – it just gives me the ‘no’ feeling).
In addition to my ramen, I ordered the four pork gyoza add on to make the meal into a combo (there’s also the choice to add gyoza and fried rice on top of that). These came with a dipping sauce, as they usually do, and were just alright. I found that the pork was quite strong, and they were a bit burnt on parts. I wouldnt bother getting them again here. Plus, I was quite stuffed already without even finishing my bowl of soup, so there would really be no need again unless I want a change in flavour.
On the other hand, my girlfriend decided on going with the Ramen Soup with Wontons. The wonton dumplings themselves only contained pork, and no additional shrimp or water chestnuts that we could tell. I didn’t taste this one, but she did say the wontons were only average.
So overall, I liked Ezogiku better than Kintaro on the other end of Robson, but that’s also because I ordered the too rich broth and too fatty pork at that time. I still feel that this option was probably just an average choice, as I didn’t try a variety of their ramen. I’ve still got to hit up a few more similar restaurants before I can really make a call on what I like best (which shouldn’t be difficult since they seem to be sprouting up like weeds lately in the West End)!
Ezogiku Noodle Cafe
1329 Robson St
Vancouver, BC, V6E 1C6