Update Jan. 8, 2014: This restaurant is now closed.
FIRST POST! I had to let that out! I have been wanting to post for a while, to finally take the jump into the world of blogging.
Let’s get right down to business. After moping around and thinking of where to eat for dinner, we have decided to go to G-MEN (no relation to the comic). G-men is located in Continental Centre and an easy find once you get in the parking lot. According to Wendy, G-Men only opened yesterday – that explains the Grand Opening Flowers at the front of the store.
The towels that hung in front of the door, the wooden theme of the place definitely had a Japanese feel to it. The place was pretty busy when we got there and we were shown two seats at the bar.
The menu arrived quickly but the options were quite limited (Wendy had a beef with the fact that their menus were just printed and placed in an A4 sheet protector). The top three options you see there are the three types of ramen bowls available (there are rice dishes on the back). Unfortunately, our server let us know very quickly that only one option is left.
We ordered two of the Tonkotsu Ramen and one order of Takoyaki (4 pcs). Here’s where the fun begins! It took a pretty long time for the food to come. We looked around the place after 15 minutes and there were only two tables that needed servicing. Wendy was getting pretty darn impatient (probably because we were starving!). Finally the food comes!
The most interesting part of this picture is the Takoyaki (can you find it?). It’s right there on the top left in the picture. We both thought that it was going to come as a separate appetizer but it turns out to be an extra topping! The soup base was very strong at first but became quite salty as time went on (and lovely pieces of pork fat floating about). The ramen itself to me where a bit too ‘elasticky’ but Wendy thought they were good. There were very limited toppings as there was only ONE piece of pork, some black fungus and a wedge (yes, a wedge) of seaweed. Other/extra toppings were available for additional cost (of course). That cost us $8/bowl (there were options for a bigger bowl for $1.50 and 4 pieces of ChaShiu $2.50). It is pretty easy to conclude that we were overcharged for what we got.
The experience overall was less than average at G-Men. Considering that the business was opened by the people from Gyoza King, we thought it could have been much better. The service was friendly but not speedy enough. The food itself was average and didn’t stand out compared to Motomachi Shokudo. Wendy was especially upset about the limited options we had for ramen types as it was only 7:40pm on their SECOND day and they were supposed to be a specialty ramen place. The bowl sizes are considerably smaller than other places ($1.50 more for a bigger bowl was available) and they had the audacity to put ONE piece of pork! ONE! Come on now! We are paying $8 for a kid’s bowl of ramen, some fungus, some seaweed and one piece of pork? That didn’t sit well with us where value was a concern. I thought we were finally able to hunt down a decent ramen place in Richmond so we don’t have to trek to downtown as much anymore. Unfortunately, that dream was not realized today; our never ending adventure to find the best ramen in town will continue…..