It was our last full day in Vancouver and we were still intrigued by all the Japanese food offerings. We decided to check out Ramen Danbo for an an early lunch…or late breakfast. The Robson Street location was one of the chain’s first restaurants outside of Japan.
Their menu is based around traditional Tonkotsu ramen crafted in the Kyushu Hakata style – one of the most popular types in Japan.
We arrived a little before their 11am opening and were seated at a table next to the window soon after.
We briefly looked over the menu and ordered our Fukuoka-style bowls of ramen. You can customize everything – from the thickness and firmness of the noodles to the thickness, richness, and spiciness of the broth.
My sister ordered the vegan version of the Miso Ramen with kikurage (Cloud
Ear mushroom) and nori (seaweed). It had a few pieces of tofu.
I went with the Miso Ramen which is made with a blend of two types of traditional Japanese ramen and comes with two slices of chashu pork. I chose ‘standard’ when asked how I would like everything. I added a soft-boiled egg, nori, and mushroom.
We ordered them with medium spice and it was just enough of a kick. You can mix in more of the Ichimi Togarashi Powder for additional spiciness. The broth was good and had a pleasant savory taste. I liked the artisan-crafted thin noodles. The Yakibuta Chashu pork was tender.
Lunch at Ramen Danbo was great. We walked around downtown Vancouver for a bit afterwards.
We eventually ended up in Granville Island. I saw it during my second day with Landsea Tours, but wanted my sister to see the market for a bit. She picked up a vegan samosa roll and Cinnamon Record.
I heard about a great fish and chips stand on the island, so we walked over to Fisherman’s Wharf.
This is where you’ll find the popular seafood joint, Go Fish.
I walked up to the side and ordered their Halibut & Chips. I was told it would be at least an hour wait. There were a bunch of people waiting at nearby tables and benches, so I figured it would be worth it. Sure!
We took a seat at one of the benches and waited. Let’s snack on that Cinnamon Record!
After a little more than an hour and settling in one of the tables, my order was finally ready!
The Halibut & Chips comes with Pacific Rim coleslaw, classic pommes frites, and tarter sauce. It was served nice and hot.
The fish was very tender and flaked right off with every pull of the fork. The homemade Granville Island beer batter was perfectly golden brown and crispy without being too greasy. The fresh hand cut fries were great with some malt vinegar.
I also tried their Grilled Salmon Tacone which is their take on a fish taco with cilantro-spiked salsa, chipotle creme, and coleslaw. It was good, but the main attraction is the fish and chips.
I’m glad I had a chance to try the incredible fish and chips at Go Fish. Being right on the wharf made it worth it too. We headed back to the hotel to relax for a while before going out for dinner.
1333 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1C6, Canada
1505 W 1st Ave
Vancouver, BC V6J 1E8, Canada