Global ‘soupless’ ramen shop opens new location in Metro Vancouver

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A second Metro Vancouver location of a Japan-based chain known for dry or “soupless” ramen has opened. Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba – North Vancouver/Facebook

After a successful launch just over a year ago in downtown Vancouver, the Japanese born global chain that specializes in “soupless” ramen has added a second Metro Vancouver location to their portfolio.

Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba recently opened the doors to their North Vancouver franchise. Situated at 100 1st Street East, the North Van Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba is right in the heart of the busy shopping and dining district, and is on the corner of Lonsdale Avenue.

The restaurant chain is best known for their loaded noodle bowls that are done in the “dry” or “soupless” ramen style. This “Japanese-style mixed soba” uses thick and chewy house-made multi-grain soba noodles, loaded with your choice of toppings, including a signature spicy iteration with meat and egg yolk, a “Tantan” style, a cheese version, the fully-loaded “Zenbu,” a vegan option, and more.

Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba opened their second regional location this October, at 1st and Lonsdale in North Vancouver. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

Additionally, Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba makes more traditional soup ramen (i.e. tonkotsu, tantan, vegan and so on), as well as rice bowls, and appetizers (chicken karaage, gyoza, takoyaki).

One other item the chain is known for are their Hokkaido Creme cones and cups, a creamy Japanese ice cream – the ice cream was marked as being not quite yet available at the new location on a menu posted at their North Vancouver spot as of Oct. 20, so check with the restaurant if you absolutely must finish up your meal with their ice cream so as not to be disappointed when you visit.

The new Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba location joins the increasing ranks of ramen options in the area. Earlier this year, Hachiro Ramen opened up in the Lower Lonsdale area, and has been very well-received by diners.

Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba is located at 100 1st Street East in North Vancouver. Their hours are Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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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 LAist.com, 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: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom