a bowl of happiness :: Kinton Ramen

Hi everybody,

This past weekend, we made a trip to the heart of the city for a bowl of ramen noodles.
We’re big lovers of ramen. Actually we’re just big noodle fans and always crave for our dad’s home-cooked noodles whenever we’re home. Nothing beats a home cooked meal.

Owned by the same people of Toronto’s favourites, Guu Izakaya and Guu Sakabar, Kinton Ramen is a ramen bar with the same enthusiastic and lively ambiance as their sibling restaurants. Taking Claude here was just so much fun. It felt like we had travelled to another city because we just don’t find that same energy at our typical restaurants.

One thing you should know is that we’re quite picky with our noodles. We don’t like it soggy, but firm? I hope I’m using the right word. No not raw and not chewy, but that perfect hardness. Some people may think it’s undercooked, but it’s not and it’s just the way we like it. We were a bit nervous heading here because we haven’t found a good ramen place in Toronto that compared to Japan or even at least Hong Kong. However, liking the ramen special at Guu Sakabar (a post coming soon!), we knew we shouldn’t be too worried.

I ordered the Shoyu Ramen with the light soup base and the pork belly, which is my go-to ramen choice wherever I go, while Claude ordered her preferred Miso Ramen with the light soup base and the leaner pork shoulder. Wanting to give the ramen a chance, I quickly snapped pictures of both our bowls, and dove right in to see if the noodles were the way we liked it. Instant love…
We actually didn’t talk much with one another, so we could give the noodles all the attention it deserved. Yeah…it was that good!

Even though I ordered the light soup, I found it really flavourful. They definitely give a very satisfying amount of toppings. Unlike other places, the meat was thick and it came with a seasoned egg! Our favourite!  We also love how consistent they are with the noodles, which are all cooked for precisely 2 minutes and 21 seconds. That’s right, we are quite the observant foodies.

Knowing this first come first base restaurant is quite popular, we arrived half hour before the opening of the doors at 5 pm and just took pictures in the area to pass the time. We came out very satisfied with our bowl of noodles. It was the real deal. Or at least we thought it was! Would love to come here during the cold season. We think it’s the perfect meal for a winter day. So if you ever feel like you need to escape the city whether it’s with your friends, or just want to have a a meal alone (no shame in that!), I recommend here because to us, it’s such a great escape!

Thanks for reading!
Till next time,
51 Baldwin Street
Toronto, Canada
M5T 1L1
647.748.8900

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20 comments

  1. I actually went there on the opening night and it wasn’t that great :/. Very filling though. Maybe there were too many people that night :(. I’ll have to try again based on this review!

    1. It was definitely filling, but I’m sad to know you didn’t have a good experience here on opening night! Try again soon, and let me know? Would love to hear your thoughts!!!

  2. I really like Kinton Ramen! It’s too bad their menu is so tiny. :p And I think the word you were looking for (to describe the noodles’ firmness) is “al dente”.

  3. Oh, ramen bars are the absolute best! I can’t wait to go back to New York and visit KenKen. 😀
    This place looks so delicious, especially the ramen with the pork belly. I’m visiting Toronto super soon, so hopefully I can make a stop at this place!!

    1. Oooh…I’m planning to make a trip to NYC next year. I’ll definitely have to check out KenKen!
      Hopefully you’ll get to make a stop here. Even if not here, it’s on a really cute little street that you can explore!

    1. That’s totally all right! Our blog is meant to cater to foodies or fashion enthusiasts or like us, both! 😀
      So glad to hear you like our food photos! Thanks for stopping by and hope you’ll visit again soon!

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