Restaurant: Yokato Yokabai Ramen House
Restaurant type: Japanese, ramen, multi-story restaurant with multiple dining rooms
Prices: $4-$7 entrées, $14.50+ ramen
Date: Monday June 18th 2018
Table of: 2
My favorite dishes: the karaage chicken (fried chicken)
After Alex had been craving ramen for quite some time, we finally decided to check out Yokato Yokabai, on Rachel close to St-Denis. We decided to drive (yes, we used to live a 5 mins bike ride away) and as we got out of the car, it started down pouring and we had to go back home and change and re-attempt to go to Yokato lol. We managed to make it dry the second time around and were stunned by the amount of people in the restaurant, especially since it was a Monday night; the whole place was full! We were even more stunned to learn that there are not 1, nor 2, but 3 restaurants in one! There’s Yokato Yokabai, a ramen “counter” which basically serves ramen and a few entrées and no booze. Then, there’s Ichiego Ichie Izakaya, a Japanese tapas restaurant on the other side (which does have booze) and like a private dining room on the 3rd floor I believe (could have also been the basement). I find that pretty cool, but I’m not sure I understand the need to separate into three different kids of restaurants, unless its three different owners? In any case, if you like Japanese food, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Because we went to Yokato with the intention of eating ramen, we opted for the ramen side with no booze. I like how you order your food by ticking boxes off a little paper, it really allows you to customize your ramen and choose the toppings you want. The decor was also super cute and very Japanese like, with a lot of wood everywhere and those wooden counters facing the wall.
We both ended up choosing the pork belly (cha-shu) ramen, some karaage chicken and gobo (burdock fries). We both enjoyed our ramen, although we did find it a little heavy by the end. With that said, the broth was very flavourful and the pork belly was delicious. The karaage chicken was my favorite and not the ramen, as I’m not a huge ramen fan. I found the chicken perfectly crispy on the outside, juicy and moist on the inside, and loved the seasoning. The gobo to me was weird and is not something I would re-order nor eat again.
Overall, we enjoyed a good meal, but I found it quite pricey for what it was. I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I also use on my Instagram account (@elisebgravel). It’s very simple, there are only three points: the quality of the food (on 10), the price (from $ to $$$$$) and the following question: would I go back?
So, here is my review of Yokato Yokabai Ramen House:
Would I go back?: Yes but I’m not a huge ramen fan so no time soon, sorry!
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