Oahu Triple D – Goma Ichi Ramen with a side of Chin Ho (Ala Moana)
A couple of glowing reviews have pointed us to Goma Ichi Ramen by Ala Moana for a late lunch. I wanted to visit The Counter (which I was glad I didn’t as I’ve heard not-so-stellar reviews about the burger joint) mainly because I heard that you could bump into Daniel Dae Kim there! But I am more of a ramen lover than a patty person so off to Goma we went.
When we arrived, there was a 20 minutes wait at the door. No wait area or extra seating. You can wait inside right next to the patrons or outside where you have to come back in often to see where you’re at on the waitlist. I did not see the staff go out to call anyone. Patch and I chose the path to annoy the customers that are already seated.
There are only a few tables and 2 counters worth of seating area. The feeling I got was that this is a quick-bite-and-go type of place.
The noodles for both bowls were okay. It wasn’t chewy and the noodles didn’t have flavour (normally they don’t, but I was hoping the noodles would have some punch to it since the soup base was blah). Overall, I find that most of the ramen places in downtown Vancouver (particularly near the Denman area) beats Goma in taste and in value.
Kid friendly? Even if you bring your booster seat, you would have to wait for the side tables to free up.
But wait… there’s more!
Remember when I said I wanted to go to The Counter hoping to bump into Daniel? Well, guess what!