Hello, it's been awhile.
Motomachi on Denman in Vancouver is quite simply awesome. The soup tastes so "clean" if that makes any sense. Not greasy at all. It's a bit pricey for Ramen, we're talking $7-$10. It's owned by the same person that started Kintaro which is also on Denman, but there is no lineups like there are at Kintaro. Motomachi's soup base is chicken based, whereas Kintaro is pork based. Motomachi uses good quality organic ingredients. Make sure whatever ramen dish you order, it includes egg. It's like the best egg you'll have in Vancouver. The service is good, and it's consistently good. I've been at least 10 times now.
Today I decided to be adventurous so we tried out Benkei on Robson street. Originally we wanted to try Kintaro, but the line up was too long. I was very disappointed. The soup is oily, and the server should not be allowed to serve. To top it off, when the server brought the bill, she charged for three bowls of ramen, when there were only two of us.. The only thing good about it was the spinach in the soup. The decor is bad. Something about it just looks cheap and busy. The vases at the front are so ugly that it's disturbing. (the vases are from Ikea.) I like the clean minimalist feeling of Motomachi. I felt bad I strayed from a good thing. It's like cheating on your boyfriend with some asshole that isn't worth talking about.