Kinton Ramen 647.748.8900 open daily lunch & dinner http://www.kintonramen.com/
Welcome is shouted in Japanese as you walk through the doorway. Inside a huge kitchen and bar extends the length of the narrow restaurant. It’s very cute and is the perfect place to warm up on a cold winter’s day, however, I still enjoyed myself being in the midst of summer and hottest of days.
I start off with a refreshing lemon Sawaa made with vodka, homemade lemonade and soda. I also ordered some snacks.
Gyoza is lightly seared on the bottom giving the dumplings a smoky flavour. Original karaage is tender with pieces of dark meat served alongside a seaweed mayo that’s creamy and garlicky.
I really enjoyed the Tofufural; sometimes tofu can taste bland but here they stuff it with green onions and dress it in a creamy hot chili sauce. And who could go without an order of sweet and sour Kimchi, it’s spicy and great to pick at.
Next up is a fragrant Shoyu Ramen soup – soy sauce, kinton pork, bean sprout, scallions, nori, and seasoned egg. The broth is made with a mix of pork bone, chicken, fish and vegetable stock simmering with bones in a large pot for over 20 hours! The pork in the soup could have been a tad tenderer, but the housemade noodles are divine. I normally opt out of noodles whenever I order soup but here I would never go without them; perfect texture, flawlessly cooked and the price are right for the portion.
They say eating good quality pork back fat may extend one’s life – I like that way of thinking. Overall I found the restaurant enjoyable and charming. Servers are cheerful and friendly.