Phone: (604) 285-5113
Tues-Sun: 11AM – 2:30PM, 5PM – 9PM
- It’s a big mall. Hint: it’s right beside Richmond Sushi.
- From Tokyo
- Japanese staffed
- Write your name down as soon as you arrive!
I don’t remember how or when I stumbled upon this restaurant. But it was one of those days my girlfriend was craving for ramen. Normally, we would think of Robson or somewhere downtown. Somehow, I stumbled upon this place called “Yah Yah Ya”. (What a great name, don’t you think?) We came on a late Saturday afternoon and it was packed. We waited for roughly 15 minutes before getting a table. Be warned, if you are in a hurry, don’t go here! The wait is dependent on how busy they are as the restaurant isn’t that back. And just take it from me, don’t come here with a big party.
Line ups are usually a good thing at restaurants. It means there’s a reason why people choose to come here.
This ramen joint is Japanese operated. How can you tell? The waitresses are all Japanese. Be patient with the waitress though, they often times make mistakes. But they are very polite and is superb with customer service.
I got their Miso ramen set. It comes with a ramen of your choosing and a small portion of Negi-Chashu Don for $13. The Miso ramen tasted good. Everything tasted flavourful with two slices of chashu, loads of beansprouts, seaweed, and 1/2 flavoured egg. The good thing about Yah Yah Ya is that you can choose the softness/hardness of your noodles, the taste of the broth and the oil in the broth. I got everything to be normal. I was so hungry to begin with, but I couldn’t believe how full I was after. I couldn’t even finish the entire bowl.
The Negi-Chashu don was great! It was a bigger portion than I had expected and we could not finish it between the both of us. There was a generous portion of chashu.
My girlfriend had their no.1 ramen which was their Shoyu ramen. I had to agree that the broth tasted much like the after flavours of a Chinese Hot Pot. And it was a pleasant broth. It included 2 pieces of chashu, toasted seaweed, spinach and 1/2 a flavoured egg. My girlfriend had less oil in her broth. I also felt the egg was too cooked to my liking. However, the broth here is the killer.
Overall, I liked Yah Yah Ya ramen. It’s a nice addition to Richmond, which lacks good ramen places like downtown. Be prepare to wait as it is a tiny restaurant. However, the turnover is not bad. There are occasions that the waitresses makes mistake, not sure if it’s because they are relatively new or not. But hopefully they will get only better. The noodles and broth are great IMO. I think it’s safe to say this is on my good list of ramen joint! Price is also fair for what it is and competitive with other ramen joints in the lower mainland.