There’s a new ramen shop in town called Ichikame Shokudo located in South Vancouver. I was invited to give their ramen and other dishes a try. I was pretty excited to try this place and we can never have too many ramen shops in Vancouver. Especially in this area, it needs more food options.
The space isn’t too large, but is good for groups of 2 or 4. They can accommodate larger groups, but go early or later in the evening.
As we sat down, they gave us some hot tea as we browsed through the menu.
The broth is very light and not rich at all. It’s definitely a different style that personally didn’t attract my taste buds. It lacks the depth of flavour. If you’re looking for something that has a cleaner taste, this is it.
I was hoping this would have a better kick of flavour, but it was still a bit bland and needed more heat and depth. Their ramen eggs are good and the chashu is not bad either.
Kimchi Cheese Ramen
This has a spicy ramen base with veggies, kimchi, and topped with seared cheese on top. This was a very interesting combination and strays a bit from tradition ramen flavours.
Italian Tomato Ramen
This ramen has a tomato base soup with fried chicken, cheese and mixed greens. The soup base is very comforting as it reminds me of tomato soup from my childhood. The fried chicken in the broth made the exterior soggy, so it would have been better on the side.
Pork Belly Samurai Rock
It has braised pork belly, green onions, sesame and pickled radish, egg, on top of rice in this hot stone bowl. The pork belly as nice and torched with a good amount of fat. The portion size is good for an individual.
Katsu Cheese Curry
On top of the bed of rice is curry, katsu, greens, cheese, seaweed and nori.
Beef Cheese Curry
The beef, cheese and veggies in this hot stone bowl. All three were decent but I preferred the other 2.
Served on this hot skillet with all the yakisoba and pork on top.
This huge bowl of cabbage was awesome. Nicely seasoned and a great item to share. I love cabbage, so I had a lot of this and took the leftovers home. For the price, this portion is generous.
Prawn & Cheese Gyoza
The gyoza comes with 6 pieces per order. These gyozas are topped with prawns and the cheese sizzles on the hot plate. It does take some time too cool down.
Spicy Cheese Gyoza
Somewhat similar to the other gyoza. With both of them, I wished the gyoza were more crisp especially when it comes on a hot plate.
It comes with six pieces per order. A nice snack to share with the table.
It is presented in a bamboo steamer and comes with 4 pieces. Garnished with nori and bonito flakes similar to other dishes. This tasted ok, but nothing special.
4 pieces per order and it is crunchy on the outside and savoury on the inside.
One of my favourite appetizers! Crispy, moist and delicious. A great item to pair with your meal.
They have partnered up with a local company – 77k Freeze to create their Yukikaze Freeze. There are 7 different flavours and I tried the Wasabi Chocolate as it was pretty unique. With this particular flavour, it was chocolate with dried wasabi sprinkled around, so it wasn’t as intense as I would have imagined.
There are 9 different freeze drinks and they also have frozen iced tea drinks too.
A lot of the dishes were pretty average. Nothing really stood out to me that I must return for. If you’re in the area and you’re craving a bowl of ramen and don’t want to travel far, this is a good option in South Vancouver.
We Rate Ichikame Shokudo:
6956 Victoria Dr, Vancouver