New ramen restaurant opening in old Menya location


Sometimes when you say goodbye to one ramen shop, another one comes to take its place. Such is the case on West Broadway near Cambie, as the former Menya Japanese Noodle spot is now shuttered and the space will become a second Vancouver outpost of Ramen Raijin.

Ramen Raijin is part of the Zakkushi Group, who opened the first Raijin in Toronto a few years ago, and followed up not too long ago with a location in Burnaby at Metrotown.

The group also operates Vancouver’s Zakkushi restaurants, as well as J Crepe (they do things like crazy ramen-filled crepes).

Hokkaido Miso Ramen (@cloverrr777/Instagram)

Ramen Raijin is known for their chicken-based ramen broth. A Hokkaido Miso Ramen, served with corn and a generous pat of butter, is a big seller, as is their Spicy Tonkotsu and their Tsuke-men (dipping) ramen. They are currently also making waves for offering a popular seasonal lobster ramen at their Metrotown location.

The full plans for the Broadway/Cambie Ramen Raijin haven’t been revealed, but the brand says they hope to open this summer.

Menya Ramen at 401 West Broadway (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Menya Japanese Noodle closed down at the end of May after a nearly-ten-year run dishing up their signature Kyushu-style tonkotsu ramen.

Ramen Raijin’s new Vancouver location will open at 401 West Broadway.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom