Vancouver’s West End is Ramenland. Motomachi is the foodie darling. This tiny noodle bar is a few blocks out from the Stanley Park and is an excellent refuel point, with continuous service from lunch through late night.
The must-try is the smoky bamboo charcoal miso broth ramen, with an unusual depth of flavour – dare we say umami – springy noodles, char siu, soft boiled agg and bamboo shoots. The bamboo charcoal is not just for taste, it’s also said to help you detox. Second best bowl – spicy miso with organic chicken. In summer, you can and should order cold ramen. The gyoza here are great for small folk with busy fingers.
If Motomachi is full, scoot a few doors down to Kintaro, their more straight-laced but skilled big sister. The must order here is miso tonkatsu.
Tip: bring a clip-on travel high chair, if it’s easier for you than bouncing your small folk on your lap. They don’t have high chairs.
740 Denman Street, no website