I was recently invited to try out the newly opened Yuzu Shokutei located on Denman and Haro Street. They had their soft opening on April 1st and already it’s hard to get in without a reservation!
Yuzu Shokutei serves up some delicious tapas, dessert, rice sets, and ramen. All of their items are made in house by the chef, from their delicious gyozas, to the hand squeezed lemonade, you know everything you’re eating is made with love.
Their most popular small bites include the Tempura Platter (Meta Knight and I got the last one before it sold out :D), the Ebi Ebi, and the Gyoza Bacon Cream.
As you can see, they have a full selection of rice sets as well as ramen. I instantly gravitated towards the ramen selections because I saw the word “truffle”. If you know me, you know I like anything with truffle in it. In the end I regret not trying both of the truffle ramen because it was friggin delicious!!!! More on that later..
Candid shot of me clearly not being able to make up my mind…. XD
I got the Sweet Yuzu ($4.75) made of organic iced green tea, yuzu, simple syrup, and fresh lemon. I absolutely loved this drink. It was refreshing, sweet, a tad sour. A perfect drink for the summer. Meta Knight on the other hand loved HIS drink, the Fresh Lemonade ($6.00) which is made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, a touch of yuzu, and house bar syrup.
For the appies, we went with the Gyoza Bacon Cream ($8.00) and while I thought it would be very heavy, it surprisingly wasn’t! The hand-made gyozas were light, bursting with flavour, and the wrapper was very thin which I liked. My only recommendation would be to liven up the bacon dashi cream sauce as both of us thought it was a bit bland.
This Tempura Platter ($10) is perfect sharing and contains two huge chunks of avocado, green beans, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.
The Paitan Sea Salt Ramen ($11.75) is a thick slow-cooked chicken broth ramen, made with shio seasoning, aji tamago, pork chashu, menma, negi, and pickled red ginger. This ramen reminded me of the thick chicken broth from Marutama, and while it was crazy delicious, the broth was slightly too thick for me. Meta Knight really really enjoyed it though. It’s all up to your personal preference though. If you like thick creamy broths, you’ll loveeeeee this. If you like lighter tasting broths, this might not be your cup of tea.
My favourite was obviously the Chicken Truffle Soy Sauce Ramen ($14.75). They didn’t skimp on the truffle oil as I smelled it from a mile away. Next time, I’m so trying the Chicken Truffle Sea Salt Ramen since it’s a bit lighter than the soy sauce broth and will have no MSG. This is definitely a must get for any truffle lover!!!
The ramen noodles were done exactly how I liked it. Firm, al dente, and thick. All in all, their ramen bowls were on point and I will gladly come back to try all of their ramens on their list! Truffle Sea Salt here I come!!!!
Service Rating: 5/5
Food Rating: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5