Sunday, November 08, 2015

Kazoku Ramen


When I first moved to Edmonton, Nomiya was probably the only place that served ramen. Thankfully in the past few years, other Japanese restaurants like Japonais Bistro have started serving ramen as well. And as of Oct 15 of this year, we now have Kazoku Ramen, a new restaurant specializing in ramen in the west end.

There are currently 5 types of ramen:
kazoku ($15), tonkotsu ($14), miso ($13), shoyu ($13), shio ($12)
I was told that kazoku is made with minimal seasoning (though I still found the broth quite salty), and it's also the only bowl that comes with a full soft-boiled egg instead of just half. It was a good portion compared to the ramen from Japonais Bistro. Apart from the egg, toppings included 3 thinly sliced pieces of char siu, seaweed, bamboo shoots, corn, wood-ear fungus, beansprout, green onion, and even toasted sesame seeds served separately in a suribachi (Japanese mortar)!


The dessert menu consisted of only 3 items: waffle-yaki ($6), purin ($4.5), and matcha ice cream ($3). I was interested in the waffle-yaki, a waffle sandwich with red bean filling topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. When I first tried to order, the server told me it was sold out as the chef might not have time to mix more batter. But my disappointment was short-lived, as the chef agreed to make more after all! I love waffles and I love red bean, so needless to say, I really enjoyed this dessert. However, I did find the texture of the waffle slightly mushy.


I was tempted to visit Kazoku when it first opened, but I'm glad I waited because new restaurants usually need some time to run smoothly. And of course the first couple weeks are always too busy as everyone in town wants to try the new place out. But I think the hype has settled now, as the restaurant was only about 70-80% full on a Saturday night. There have been some reviews about poor service, but I have not found that to be the case. I received a rather comprehensive explanation of the menu items when I asked, and when I finished the ramen, more than one server came to ask if I was ready for dessert and promptly collected the empty bowls. Also at the end of the meal, a lady whom I think is the owner went around the tables to ask customers if they enjoyed their food. Taking into account portion size, taste, and service, I think Kazoku is currently the best ramen place in town, so give it a try if you haven't already.

Kazoku Ramen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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