BC, NW, and I decided to give Makoto another shot after our failed attempt last time (they only serve ramen at lunch) so we went super early at 11am, right when they are supposed open… but they let us in 10 minutes past that. Anyways, it wasn’t such a big deal to me. We already didn’t have a very good impression since the servers pretty much ignored us the last time we were here and they only serve ramen until 2pm. That is, while quantities last. Apparently they have a limited quantity of 150 ramen a day which to me sounds pretty ridiculous since it’s supposed to be a ramenya (ramen shop).
Anyways… Their menu was fairly simple, with a few choices of ramen to choose from: tonkotsu, akagyu tantanmen, and nagasaki. Tonkotsu is the original one which is a pork-based broth and you can choose either shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), or miso for the flavour.
I ordered the Nagasaki ramen ($11) because I wanted to try something different (I usually get shio). It was a seafood-based broth with clams, squid, shrimp, some napa cabbage, and a whole lotta bean sprouts on top. It looked very different from the picture on the menu and there was only one shrimp instead of three. I wasn’t too impressed with the presentation. The flavour of the broth wasn’t bad and the noodles were cooked fine but I could tell that the seafood wasn’t fresh (it was probably frozen). The Nagasaki was a decent bowl of ramen but it’s not worth it, considering you can get a superior bowl of ramen from downtown for the same price or even less.
The Akagyu Tantanmen ($11) is a spicy one with beef toppings. BC ordered this one and he was not impressed, particularly with the beef. It was literally shredded to pieces and there wasn’t enough of it. The amount of all the beef in his ramen was like a tablespoon… and you know how guys need their meat. That was his main complaint; the ramen was fine otherwise but lacking in depth of flavour.
Lastly, NW got the Shio ramen. When he first got it, BC and I laughed because his chashu pork looked so pale and it was mostly fat. I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to look like that. NW was worried that it wasn’t fully cooked since it was still pinkish too. Like the rest of us, he was disappointed with his bowl of ramen. According to him, it was just meh.
I guess you could say the three of us were extremely disappointed with the food. I mean, it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t anything great and the price certainly does not match with the quality of the food. If it were cheaper, it would be reasonable but $9-11 for an okay bowl of ramen is not worth it. It’s unfortunate since I had been looking forward to a new ramen place opening up in Coquitlam but this was just a letdown. They’re still fairly new so they probably haven’t quite sorted out everything yet. I won’t be back for a long time until they’ve improved. For the meantime, I’ll just have to go to downtown to get some good quality ramen (Santouka all the way).
Food – 6/10
Service – 7/10
Ambience – 9/10