Wow, almost everyone I know has been to G-Men Ramen. It has taken me that long to give it a try. No, it's not because of being located in Richmond. That has nothing to do with it. Honest! One reason is that Viv doesn't really like ramen all that much. Second, my son doesn't like ramen all that much. But I like ramen very much! So ultimately, it would be a solo jaunt for G-Men. Opened up by the people who operate Gyoza King, it has been so popular, there is usually a lineup. For me, I hate lineups. Thus, I made it a point to arrive as it opened. Now, I'm a big fan of tonkatsu broth and for some reason or another, they only have chicken broth during lunch time.
So I had no choice but to choose the Shoyu Ramen (in chicken broth). I added a side of Takoyaki and Onsen Egg. I must've only waited for 3 minutes and everything arrived. Normally, the Takoyaki at Gyoza King are very good; however, I found the ones here a bit mushy and not really all that hot. They tasted fine with plenty of bonito and just enough sauce; but honestly, these were not very good. I loved the Onsen Tamago, which is a soft poached egg in very low temperature water. So velvety and perfectly cooked, there was just enough shoyu for flavour without overwhelming the delicate egg. If they could put this in an eggs benedict...
The ramen itself was done al dente and had that "bite" we all look for in fresh noodles. The pork slices were fatty and tender; yet not all that tasty. Probably because it was sliced super thin. I did like the Ajitama (cooked egg with a golden centre), it was perfect. The shoyu chicken broth was quite oily and rich. Lacking the depth of a tonkatsu broth, the oil slick at the top helped give the soup some body. It was a bit on the salty side (maybe too much shoyu?); but at the very least it made up for the "lightness" associated with chicken broth. A solid bowl of ramen; however, I much prefer the tonkotsu broth, which is not available during lunch and vice versa. For me G-Men was alright. If I was in the area, I might stop by again; but if I had a choice, it would still be Menya, Benkei or Kintaro.
- Excellently prepared noodles
- Flavourful broth (even though it was chicken)
- Only one type of broth available for lunch and dinner
- Cha sui is sliced super thin and a bit bland