I LOVE this spot! The Ramen soup at Kinton Ramen on the first floor is stellar. And there is a second floor of goodness, with a wider variety of diverse menu items ; the restaurant is called Kintori Yakitori . Find raw fish, fermented vegetables and cooks holding fans blowing grilled smoke over several types of skewered meats creating the most heavenly taste. The price is on point, meaning not too expensive – $20 per person. Japanese spirits and wine are available: cycling specials are a frequent. I’ve been here many times and still can’t get over the feeling of belonging when one walks through the door.
The only thing that has changed since it opened (for me) is the skewered waygu beef – it tastes tough, chewy and hard to swallow. Other than that everything I’ve tried on the menu is heavenly. Like the fatty. crispy chicken skin, charred to perfection…
Chicken wings are charred with a briny delicious garlic taste. And the edamame is seasoned just right, with a proper amount of salt.
Kimchi is DIVINE, balanced with fermented seafood in red pepper spice. Saba mackerel was a special for the evening, topped with scallions and radish, grilled then salted.