Since it was a Friday, we decided to head out of the office and into a more central part of Richmond for lunch. One of our coworkers had Yuu Japanese Tapas in mind, since G-men had closed. This was my first trip to Yuu and honestly, I never wanted to try it before and probably wouldn't have tried it if my coworker hadn't insisted. There was never anything that really attracted me, and the exterior never really attracted me, especially when Gyo-o is in the same mall. Gyo-o has a much more Japanese feel to it, and is Japanese-run, whereas this is Chinese-run. I'm really shallow like that sometimes.
Despite my own hesitation to try this place out, there were actually quite a lot of people there by the time our food had arrived. Mind you, it took a while since they said that something inside their kitchen was broken, so there were just a lot of people sitting around waiting for food. I thought it was kind of unprofessional that they didn't tell us beforehand when we arrived since there were already some people waiting around. Of course, you can't really expect restaurants to do that -- I don't think they would really tell customers to leave, right?
Finally, our ramen came. I was the only one to get the miso ramen ($9), and everyone else got the shio. It didn't have that strong of a miso taste to it, nor was it overly salty. The soup was alright. The noodles weren't that great and were not firm enough for my taste. I hate to say this, but it kind of reminded me of the frozen instant ramen noodles. You may or may not know of my love for onsen tamago, and I actually found this one to be a bit undercooked. I liked more gel-like consistencies for the yolk, and this one was a bit too liquidy for me. The chashu was not bad and had some fat to it, so it wasn't tough at all. This was the only thing that made me not hate the ramen.
On the way back to the office, I was already feeling a bit thirsty. I ended up drinking four glasses of water and still feeling thirsty. I'm not one to drink that much soup because I know that there is MSG in it, so I usually just pick up the noodles with the chopsticks. If this still led to an MSG thirst-attack, I definitely cannot see myself going back to this place.
1111 - 3779 Sexsmith Road