3.75 Stars – Overall Experience
3.5 Stars – Price
3.5 Stars – Service
4.0 Stars – Enjoyment of Food
4.0 Stars – Atmosphere
Jinya Ramen Bar offers a small, bustling setting for their trendy soup. Around the perimeter of the restaurant is bar seating looking out onto the street (unfortunately not the best view in Toronto) and there are some small tables and and a larger communal one in the center of the restaurant. If you come when it is very busy, be prepared to possibly share a meal sitting next to strangers. Kitchen is an open concept, which I always enjoy and the decor is modern. Good for a dinner with friends, date night or even perhaps for a casual business meal. I did not get a family vibe, but perhaps during the day it would be a better venue for kids.
To be honest service was a bit slow and nothing over the top in terms of friendliness. When I say the service was slow I really mean more to take our order and also to get the check; the food actually came out pretty quick. Waitress was nice, but again nothing special.
I ordered tea as I was unfortunately under the weather and I was disappointed to hear that it was only a tea bag and not loose leaf. Seemed a bit strange going to an Asian based restaurant and not being able to get good tea.
There were 2 option on the menu I could have so I decided to go with the Spicy Creamy Vegan Ramen. It was a vegetable broth base with thick ramen noodles vs the skinny ones and also had tofu, onion, spinach and crispy onion. I added in crispy garlic, spicy bean sprouts and mushrooms to customize my experience. The soup was delicious and had a great flavour to it. Noodles felt a bit under cooked, but to be honest I haven’t had much ramen in my life so I am not sure if that is the way it’s supposed to be. Garlic was definitely the most powerful and the spicy bean sprouts added great texture to the dish. The crispy garlic that I ordered was not what I expected. It was served in a dish on the side and was small balls of garlic. Overall portion was generous
I think that typically ramen bars are hard for vegetarians as the broth is usually pork based. I was very happy to see not 1 but 2 vegetarian options (which includes a vegan…the one I had) on the menu. Lot of the add ins to the soup are vegetarian as well and they seem to have a few appetizers that are vegetarian friendly. You won’t have a ton of choices compared to the meat ones, but with the customization of the ingredients it feels like you have way more options.
I felt that the price for the soup considering the portion and quality was very fair, but I thought that the green tea (especially since it was just in a bag) and the extra toppings to customize your soup were a bit overpriced. The meal came to $20, which felt like a bit much for a big bowl of soup, but it was still very good and I would go again
Time of Dinner: 6:30pm
Date: Tues Oct 4th, 2016
- Green Tea
- Spicy Creamy Vegan Ramen
For more information, please check out their website at http://jinya-ramenbar.com/