Our first meal in Banff was ramen at Ramen Arashi in the downtown area. Having something hot was much needed in the rainy weather.
The restaurant is located on the second floor of the mall, and it wasn’t easy to locate. With that said, it was quite popular. There was a line when we arrived before 5 pm.
The place offers more than 10 kinds of ramen. Surprisingly, the signature dish is tan tan men, not shoyu or tonkotsu ramen. It is not a very well known dish, and I really doubt if the locals can accept the flavour.
I ordered the tonkotsu ramen, which came with cha shu, garlic oil, red ginger, takana (pickled leaf mustard), crispy garlic slices, and green onion. I also got extra bamboo shoots. The toppings were quite interesting. The red ginger and takana are not common toppings, and this was my first time having them with ramen. They tasted fine, but I think I prefer more traditional toppings like bamboo shoots.
One of the minus points was that the broth wasn’t boiling hot when it came. While the ramen tasted good, the broth didn’t quite warm us up in the rainy weather.
The restaurant also operates a convenience store downstairs that offers sushi, onigiri, and other Japanese treats.
I have to say that the restaurant didn’t quite meet our expectation because of the not-so-hot broth. Maybe the signature tan tan men will taste better and impress us, but I don’t know if I can stand the spiciness.
I believe this is the only ramen restaurant in Banff. If you need something hot, this is the place to go.
Ramen Arashi Info
Address: #213, 215 Banff Ave Banff, AB T1L 1E6 (inside Sundance Mall)