*Restaurant is closed*
How much ramen does one street need? Well, an endless supply of course. Welcome to Robson, where a ramen shop can be found on one end to the other. I've been to all of them except for one and you know what that means - I've going to try it. So I enlisted the help of my ramen buddy Snake (we went to Marutama last time) for some noodle action at Maruko, situated near Hon's and Miko.
I ended up getting the combo which included a BBQ Pork Onigiri to start. Similiar to a musubi found in Hawaii, this one here was fried and filled with shredded pork. I enjoyed the non-greasy crispiness on the outside, yet, the pork was rather dry and lifeless on the inside. For my main, I got the Shio Ramen which included bamboo shoots, nori, chashu and egg. Although the broth was not super rich, it did have good flavour. I didn't find it overly salty while it exhibited depth. The noodles were al dente while the egg was pretty good.
Snake had the other combo which included a Roasted Pork Don. The rice was chewy while the pork was fatty and tender. It exhibited a nice roasted appearance and taste. For his main, he opted for the Spicy Miso Ramen which was a good combination of salty and spicy. Of course it wasn't overly spicy, but there was a slow rumble. The chashu were in thick slices and a bit pale looking. However, they were fatty and super moist. It practically melted in our mouths. It had a nice roasted pork flavour as well.
Since ramen never fills me up, I got the BBQ Chicken Don for good measure. It was a fairly good portion of the same chewy rice and plenty of juicy chicken pieces on top. Although there was good flavour with enough sauce seeping into the rice, I found the chicken lacking a BBQ essence. I guess a bit more charring would've helped. Not trying to sound repetitive, but Maruko joins the rest of the bunch as being an above-average ramen experience.
- Super friendly service
- Decent eats
- Relatively spacious
- Soup base tastes good, but could be richer
- Super friendly service which can be a bit excessive