Rajio Izakaya has a very lively vibe, similar to the izakayas back in the ‘Showa’ period. The main menu items are Kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers), but they also offer Ramen. The Miso Shrimp Ramen is topped with a handful of dried sakura shrimp, adding a crunchy texture. It gives you a very wholesome feeling, and might be perfect as the last dish after a night of Kushikatsu and Sake.
Rajio replicates an old fashioned traditional “Izakaya” (Japanese Pub) and is located in Kitsilano. Their main menu is the Osaka Style Deep Fried Foods, but you can also order ramen. One of the ramen I had was the “Kiwami Shrimp Miso Ramen” (Kiwami meaning extreme or perfection). The most distinctive feature about this particular ramen was the pile of “Sakura Ebi” (Dried, crispy, mini shrimps) that not only gave off the great aroma of seafood, but also the crunchy texture that kept me eating bite after bite. The soup base was made with a blend of pork and shrimp based soup mixed with 3 different kinds of miso, which made it very rich and delicious. I understood the reason why this ramen has the word “Kiwami”, it is truely a perfection.
Aside from that one, I also had the “Omar Shrimp Shio Ramen”(Omar shrimp is similar to lobster). The soup base was a simple, light blend of salt base soup and pork base soup, which allowed the aroma and the flavour of the lobster to become more emphasized. A single scoop of the soup is enough to experience the soup packed with flavour.