Motomachi Shokudo

by Victoria on June 24, 2013

Motomachi Shokudo, West End, Vancouver

Yes, I’m finally back in Vancouver for the summer! And yes, I will continue to still bore you (or not) with some postings of restaurants and food around the globe from my recent travels. But in the meantime, I’ll intersperse my content with some Vancouver restaurants as well. Here we go!

Earlier today for the first time, I went to Motomachi Shokudo on Denman, near Robson Street, for lunch. As is the norm, most of the ramen restaurants in the area have line-ups out the door during the regular lunch and dinner rush, and after trying to see which might be the fastest (and was also open on a Monday), we made our choice. It’s another rainy June summer (?!) day, so we were definitely in the mood for soup, and something rich and hearty at that!

I’ve got a bit of an Asian belly nowadays from my latest jaunt to SouthEast Asia (meaning I’m used to smaller serving sizes and eating more regularly throughout the day), so all we both got was a bowl of ramen noodle soup. If you think about it though, the bowls are quite large and rich regardless, so it would easily fill a person up, even with a heartier North American appetite.

My option for the day was the Super Spicy Miso Tsukemen. Seeing as I can’t seem to live without spice, this seemed like the best option for me. It was served with half a soft-boiled egg, a generous serving of noodles (hot or cold), and the usual roundup of bamboo shoots, Japanese leeks, green onion, and chives at a spice level of your choosing. I went for the medium today, as I wasn’t sure what to expect, and have another dinner to go to later. Some noodle shops allow you to choose the level of richness you like in your broth, but this wasn’t variable at Motomachi. I ate most of my bowl in the end, as well as the majority of the broth, but I definitely needed to slow down toward the end as the saltiness and oiliness was about to overtake me (and you can even add more hot soup if you want after your done the first round)!

Super Spicy Miso Tsukemen Rating: 3Rating: 3Rating: 3Rating: 3Rating: 3

Super Spicy Miso Tsukemen Dish

My friend ordered the Nama Shoyu Ramen, of which the brother I preferred over my choice. Definitely lighter, with some nori sheets included, this was $9.55 and was cleaned up to the last drop.

Nama Shoyu Ramen Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4Rating: 4

Nama Shoyu Ramen

The next time I’m in the mood for ramen, I’ll have to head back again and try their also popular Dark Miso Ramen, or else go for the Nama Shoyu so that I don’t feel like napping under my desk after lunch. Again, this was just an individual choice and preference, and there’s many more dishes available on the menu that I’ll have to try another time. A good place for a quick bowl of soup on a rainy afternoon.

Motomachi Shokudo
740 Denman St
Vancouver, BC, V6G
604.609.0310

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