Ramen Koika x Ramen Burger
I'm sure if you live in Vancouver and pay even the slightest bit of attention to the social media food updates, you'll know that the ramen burger has arrived in town. I remember seeing a picture of the ramen burger a while back ago when it surfaced in the States and right then I knew I had to try that glorious handful of fried goodness. I mean what can go wrong when you combine ramen (my favourite food) with anything..? Well apparently quite a lot.
I didn't intend on writing about it but due to all the (undeserved) hype around the ramen burger, I just couldn't hold back my food blogging senses (haha).
the ramen burger
koika ramen burger
fresh homemade noodle buns, cabbage, fresh 100% certified angus beef patty, green lettuce, onion, special burger sauce on top @ 7.95
cha su burger
pork belly cha su (24 hr marinated with special shoyu sauce), green lettuce, onion, scallion, special teriyaki sauce on top @ 8.95
2/5 - The ingredients sandwiched between the "buns" were actually quite good. All the vegetables were fresh and crunchy, the beef was cooked a bit too much but alright, and the cha su was soft and very flavourful. But I visited for the RAMEN burger not the burger and all I can say was that the ramen portion of the burger was just disappointing. Maybe I'm just too much of a traditional ramen lover or maybe I just had unreasonably high expectations for this meal offering but I just did not like it. The top layer of the top bun was a bit crispy which I liked but the rest of the bun + the bottom bun was unpleasantly mushy and unappealingly bland. I expected a more crunchy/hard texture with a bit of seasoning to really enhance the presence of the "bun-ified noodle" but nope, I was met with the exact opposite. I rarely leave more than half of my food untouched but with the ramen burger, I had to put it down after a few bites.
I can understand why the ramen burger is so interesting that you'd want to order it (that was me too) but my advice to you would be to think a bit harder and ask yourself if you're willing to spend $8-9 on a "burger" you're probably not going to be satisfied with when there's plenty of food or even burgers that tastes better in the city.
There's obviously a lot more than just the ramen burger at Ramen Koika but after three visits, I really don't have anything but unmet expectations for place - from the ramen to the service... but we'll leave that conversation for another post.