Spaghetei opened on Robson Street a few days ago. They took over the former location of Benkei Ramen. This chain of restaurants has been around since 1975 and it’s finally landed in Vancouver.
KoreanGirl and I were wandering around Robson St for dinner around 9pm and we were curious about this place. It was quite empty, but we figured we should try it out anyways. Even though they are open, their card machines don’t work yet. To make up for the inconvenience, they are offering their customers 30% off. They are licensed too, so they have alcohol.
There are a good amount of tables inside.
Complimentary cup of soup was good and had bits of shredded lettuce inside.
Complimentary slices of garlic pesto bread was a cute touch before getting our meal. It’s lightly toasted and crunchy.
Mentaiko ($13) has spaghetti tossed with spicy cod roe, mushroom, and seaweed. This was my favorite and was the most expensive spaghetti. The taste reminded me of yaki udon. It wasn’t spicy either even though there is the spicy cod roe.
Neopolitan ($12) has bacon, chicken, sausage, and vegetables. It has a mild ketchup flavour. I wasn’t a fan of this dish since it seemed a bit simple and easy to make at home.
Overall, I was very torn about this place. I really wanted to love this place, but the price you pay doesn’t equate to what arrives. I definitely need to return to try a few more dishes. KoreanGirl already has plans to come back since she really wants to try their Clam Shellfish Spaghetti and butter & Soy sauce spaghetti. Eating here reminded us of being kids again when our parents would make us spaghetti.
We Rate Spaghetei:
1741 Robson St