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Motomachi Shokudo Restaurant Review: This jewel-box ramen house serves comfort by the bowlful to a neighborhood clientele, off-duty chefs and visitors. Chef/owner Daiji Matsubara takes a lighter, more health-conscious approach to the ramen experience. His restaurant’s spare, casually elegant aesthetic mirrors his culinary philosophy. Sheaves of dried wheat bisect communal tables, while modern concrete walls contrast with rustic wood accents. An orderly open kitchen produces steaming bowls of noodles incorporating organic ingredients and chicken-based broth in one of three flavors: miso, shio with all-natural imported salt, and shoyu with unpasteurized raw soy sauce. Sample the spicy miso ramen full of organic chicken, lotus root, cabbage, spinach, onion, carrot, mizuna, dried bamboo, corn and hot chili sauce, or the shio ramen with barbecue pork, pork spare rib, angel hair leeks, bamboo shoots and soft boiled egg. This might be the only Vancouver restaurant serving bamboo charcoal, a dark miso ramen that takes both its startling gray color and its smoky flavor from its namesake ingredient. The added charcoal is a traditional Japanese digestive aid, and the soup’s earthy taste far surpasses its appearance. Beer and tea are the beverages of choice.