Location: 4530 E Hastings St, Burnaby, BC V5C 2K6 (North Burnaby)
Phone: (604) 558-3386
Hours: Closed Monday
- Small place
- Street parking
- Lunch specials (Weekdays)
Hakkaku Ramen is a Japanese noodles joint on the corner of East Hastings and Willingdon. It’s a small little place with about a dozen tables, if you are coming as a big group it’s a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time.
My girlfriend and I visited Hakkaku on a Sunday afternoon with Vancouver’s most welcoming weather. Hence, you see the big yellow sign above. The restaurant looked dated inside and out. However, we were looking forward more to a hot ramen on a cold day.
I had the Shio ramen which came with chashu, bean sprouts, lettuce, menma, green onion and a soft-boiled egg. At Hakkaku Ramen, all ramen soup is made from pork bones. You get to choose from a rich broth or a regular broth. I chose the rich one, which I didn’t find it to be exactly that rich. The chashu (Japanese style BBQ pork) also has a choice of pork shoulder (leaner) or pork belly (tender). The chashu was lean but also very tender. I found Kamamarui to be a bit better.
My girlfriend had the Miso ramen which had a piece of chashu, bean sprouts (lots of it), onion, corn, menma and green onions. Her broth was richer than mine and more flavourful. The ramen at Hakkaku was decent, the soup base was hot (temperature).
We ordered gyoza on the side. It was a pork-filling gyoza with 5 pieces.
They also have lunch special on weekdays.
Overall, I think Hakkaku ramen serves pretty authentic ramen. Their soup base are hot, which really is the soul of the ramen. They also have several funky flavours that you don’t find often at other ramen joints. We did waited for a good 5 minutes before we were seated, there isn’t much of a waiting area besides the door. So it really depends on when you come. One thing I did notice was that there was quite a bit of bean sprouts compared to ramen ratio. The ambiance, this place will probably need an upgrade soon. But since it’s on a busy street and it’s right next to a bus stop, I’m sure this place will retain customers regardless. Price wise, it’s pretty average compared to other ramen places. I would say it’s on the cheaper end if compared. Service was good, servers were attentive and helped me switch a last minute order despite my order had already gone into the kitchen.