It began on a sunny October day in 2016. Inspired by the shops of Vancouver, LA, and Tokyo, and driven by their love of noodles, Greg and Erin Masuda served the first bowl of authentic, scratch-made ramen that Vancouver Island had ever seen.
Six years and 40 flavours later, Nikkei Ramen-ya still bustles; if you can’t make it to our shop in Downtown Courtenay, you can now find our ramen at your local Vancouver Island grocer.
Ramen Kits Now Available
Quality Ramen at Home
Whether hosting your foodie friends for a special evening, feeding your kids a quick, wholesome meal they will love, or just getting your late-night slurp on, our grocery products offer something for everyone – without compromise. Get your ramen kit from your local grocer.
Great Ramen Begins With Great Ingredients
We feel fortunate to live where we do. We strive to source our ingredients nearby: from the hyper-local farms to the waters of the Salish Sea, from pork and poultry producers down Island to the orchards of the Okanagan.
We make our noodles from premium wheat grown on the Canadian Prairies and we source beer, cider, and sake from local craftspeople. We’re faithful to the principles of authentic Japanese ramen – while giving it our own, local touch.