Foo Ramen Bar, located at 762 Broughton Street, is Victoria’s first take on Ramen.
Foo Ramen chef Patrick Lynch and co-owner Sterling Grice opened the original Foo on Yates Street with the goal of replicating the street food they encountered in Southeast Asia.
The idea of a ramen shop started with the desire to make use of the pork broth created daily by the original Foo. Foo Ramen has mastered the delicate art of ramen, making the thought of instant noodles and styrofoam cups a thing of the past.
Foo Ramen is continuing the Foo practice of using local ingredients making sure that nearly all of the components they use come from the island.
Patrick began his cooking career at Le Cordon Blue in London, England where he completed a Grande diplome as well as gained work experience at Clairidges hotel and the Sugar Club restaurant.
After completing culinary school Patrick worked in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. During his time spent travelling in South East Asia, Patrick spent his time as a stagiare in many restaurants trading knowledge with cooks from throughout the region. This eventually led to a stint as the chef of the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Upon returning to Canada, Patrick went to Vancouver where he helped open Wild Rice as a sous chef before spending five years as the chef at Monsoon East West Brasserie. Patrick relocated to Victoria in ’06 to open Sanuk restaurant at the Magnolia hotel as the Executive Chef before moving on to open FOO Food as chef/ owner.