Being one of the rare Japanese Ramen spots that I have come across in Richmond, Yuu Japanese Tapas (3779 Sexsmith Rd) will have your tastebuds buzzing regardless of where it’s located.
Although the restaurant offers a vast variety of Japanese dishes from donburi (Japanese rice bowls) to mini hotpot sets, I knew I had to try out the soup ramen bowls upon hearing that the broth is made completely from scratch daily by the master chefs.
Authentic. That’s the word that immediately came to my mind as someone who has enjoyed ramen in Japan itself. The Tokyo style soy sauce base ramen that I got was definitely a lot more rich tasting than the Tonkotsu broth seafood ramen that my friend got, although both had that claim. Rather, the tonkotsu ramen soup base was more creamy in my opinion. The meats and vegetables in both were cooked to the point where you didn’t have to chew a lot to get the food down. The Chashu pork that I got in particular was so tender to the point that it separated as soon as I bit into it.
I wasn’t as enamored by the deep fried king oyster mushrooms as I was with the soup ramen dishes, and maybe that was to be expected since it wasn’t supposed to be the focal point. Still, even though the wasabi mayo on the side and the seaweed-flavored seasoning on top added a nice kick, it felt underwhelming and something that I wanted to finish for the sake of not wasting food rather than ones I wanted more of.
There’s plenty more items on the menu that we didn’t get to try (since we don’t have that many stomachs to indulge that much food). Their drinks and dessert selections also caught my attention even though we didn’t order any. If you’re looking for a fulfilling Japanese restaurant that’s not too avant-garde, then Yuu’s the place to go.