As grumpy as I was when we went to Jinya a couple of weeks ago, only to learn that they had no vegan ramen, the vegan options on their menu are too tempting to be grumpy for long. Not only that, you know, supply chain stuff and all. I'm pretty sure that they didn't do that just to piss me off!
Located at the corner of Robson and Richards, you all know where JRB is. There was a 20 minute wait for 2 people already at 5 o'clock on Saturday. This is certainly one of the most popular ramen joints in Metro Vancouver. We got seated at the window bar (wait was more like 10 minutes) and placed an order with our very personable server.
We ordered an Impossible Bun which was quite excellent and no, it did not come with Kewpie Mayo but vegan mayonnaise. There was a little bit of guac there and some crunchy cucumber and we did not miss the pork belly at all!
|Brussels Sprouts Tempura|
The Brussels Sprouts Tempura was pretty solid as well. It wasn't well salted coming out of the fryer, so we added our own, but was very tasty just the same. Something about the texture put me in mind of a deep-fried oyster (I mean that in a good way). It would have been good for them to come with a dipping sauce.
|Flying Vegan Harvest Ramen|
The Flying Vegan Harvest is one of 3 vegan ramen on the menu. This one has Impossible meat which was nicely flavoured with Hoisin maybe? There was a rich miso broth, plenty of vegetables as well as tofu and very good noodles. Not a bad bowl at all.
|Spicy Creamy Vegan Rame|
The Spicy Creamy Vegan Ramen was not terribly spicy. This was a vegetable broth and I'm not sure what made it creamy, but it was. Garlic oil, chili oil, garlic chips and assorted other alliums gave this a nice rich flavor and we enjoyed it very much.
|Jinya Ramen interior|
We love the interior of Jinya and its noisy enthusiastic vibe. All the staff are friendly, and service was very quick. Jinya is expensive. Both of our bowls were $22ish but apparently, we don't mind and are even willing to line up. There are a few more vegan choices including a rice bowl and another appetizer that we would like to try on another visit!
Food 4 1/2 out of 5
Vegan Options 4 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
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