Looking at my blog, you’ve probably noticed that I eat in Richmond A LOT! The reason behind this is because I’m a local Richmonder, plus I’m super lazy! The weather has been so depressing that my partner and I don’t really want to go out in the cold rain. We are also low on monetary funds, so going out to eat multiple times in a week really puts a dent in our bank accounts. First world problems of a food blogger. So many places to eat, so many different things to try. This is where my partner and I usually butt heads because I’m known for having champagne taste on a beer budget.
Anyways, one day after attending a job fair I was walking around Aberdeen Mall looking for a place to have breakfast. Since it was early morning and super cold, I really thought Congee would be a good idea, but nothing was opened at that time. So I opted for ramen, which I had to wait till lunch. After a while, you kind of gets sick of eating Pho all the time. I don’t really have a problem with Pho, but I feel Ramen gives me more options. I settled on Yuu Japanese Tapas located in Continental Center.
The theme of the restaurant was simple with a lot of bamboo decor, as well as spacious. The first thing that caught my eye was the drink menu. A lot of non-alcoholic cocktails and desserts that food photographers would love. The price of the dishes caught me off guard. I’m used to seeing bowls of ramen being priced around $8 to $9 dollars, so when I saw bowls of ramen going for $12 I was baffled. I didn’t want to look like an asshole by getting up and leaving, so I stayed.
Yuu Japanese Tapas offers a lunch set menu in which you get a bowl of ramen, a free drink, and appetizer. The lunch set menu ranges from $14-$16. I ordered the Tonkatsu Ramen, with a side of Passion fruit soda and Potatoe Croquette. The bowl of ramen was a decent size which I liked. I’ve been to ramen houses where the bowls are massive and I’m unable to finish most of it.
The best part about the Tonkatsu Ramen was the meat. It was very soft and buttery. The pork melts in your mouth. The broth was exceptional and soothing after walking out in the cold. The only thing I didn’t like was my appetizer. I wasn’t sure if it was potato or taro root, but the inside was flavored with curry spice. I feel like curry spice and Japanese mayo does not work well together. I’ll be going to Yuu’s again for the ramen, as soon as I have the budget for it.