- The Entree
- The Side/Drinks
- The Atmosphere
One of the fondest memories I have of my visit to the wonderful country of Japan is walking and exploring the city of Tokyo. Despite feeling battered, tired and aching we always managed to close off the night(albeit most of the times actually start off the night) with a wonderful meal of Ramen and all its extras. My experience at Kinton almost exactly duplicated that of my adventures in Japan. After a long and exhausting day at work, lets face it, most days at work are like this; my girlfriend and I made our way down towards Kinton Ramen and even though the wait here is usually 20min+ (with a smaller group), it is absolutely worth it.
51 Baldwin Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1L1
Now for those who don’t know, Kinton Ramen is actually the brainchild of those who also own the famous and quite popular Sakabar called Guu in Toronto. Knowing this information only piqued our interests and our expectations were at an all time high. If these wonderful yellow noodles known as Ramen could come close to what I had in Tokyo, I’d be the happiest man in the world. (Yes, I am a man of simple pleasures.)
Upon walking in, the atmosphere and ambiance is on par with what you would experience at Guu. It was nicely lit, although a rather small venue (probably seats 40-50 people). It replicates well what one would see in some of the Ramen shops in Japan. There were basically a few tables where patrons would sit and possibly share with other people not part of their party, and as well as a counter top seating overlooking the cooks where you could watch them prepare the Ramen as well as all the other delectable treats you can order .
We quickly scanned over the menu and picked out what we wanted to chow down on, the more time that was spent reading the menu meant the longer we would have to wait before we could start eating! No one gets in the way of a hungry man, especially one who’s waited 30 minutes. My girlfriend ended up getting the Spicy Garlic Ramen, and added some fixings ; corn, and egg. I proceeded to order the Shoyu Ramen and added my own fixings as well; extra pork belly and egg.
It wasn’t long after we ordered when a magical bowl of Ramen noodles appeared before my eyes and let me tell you, did my eyes beam with delight. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. We quickly dove into our noodles and let me tell you, it was absolutely delicious. The Ramen noodles were nice and chewy- perfectly done, and the broth from the Shoyu was absolutely savoury. While there wasn’t anything particularly groundbreaking about the meat of the pork shoulder and pork belly, it was still of good quality and tasted great. The extra egg that I asked for on top of what was on my Ramen may not be for everyone’s taste. It was a soft-boiled egg, so it looked like a hard-boiled egg but was runny on the inside. For those who don’t like runny eggs, I’d say skip it, however for those like myself who love runny eggs it was satisfying to bite into the gooey inside of the egg.
More than satisfied with my own Ramen, I glanced over to my girlfriend’s Ramen and was immediately tempted to steal more than a bite. The Spicy Garlic Ramen, was exactly what the name implies, the broth was relatively spicy with a good amount of garlic(bring your excel gum) and in my opinion tasted fantastic as well. Think of drinking a nice, warm, salty and savoury broth that has the wonderful flavour of the pork mixed in with the spice from the chilli and the pungent flavour of the garlic. For those who can’t take the heat of medium spicy chicken wings at your local bar, you might want to skip the Spicy Garlic Ramen. Outside of the broth, the rest of the Ramen was prepared with relatively the same ingredients with the exception of the lack of nori, everything tasted just as great as the Shoyu Ramen.
With our stomachs satisfied, we proceeded to pay the bill and knew that we definitely would be coming back in the future for more. Quite simply the best Ramen place in Toronto, currently.
The Damage: $35 after tax + tip.