4.00 Stars – Overall Experience
4.00 Stars – Price
3.75 Stars – Service
4.25 Stars – Food
4.00 Stars – Atmosphere
Kinton Ramen restaurant is dishing up delicious bowls of ramen in the heart of downtown Toronto, including a flavourful and filling vegetarian bowl.
While small in size, Kinton Ramen is teaming with energy. You are always greeted and sent off with friendly words (in Japanese) by the entire team at the restaurant. With a beautiful contrast of black marble and natural coloured wood, this restaurant totes a modern minimalist style. The exposed kitchen is bustling and the bar and tables are all usually packed. It might not be the best place to bring young kids or a large group, but perfect for a date, or more intimate lunch or dinner with family or friends.
Like the look, the service can also be regarded as minimalist and I don’t mean that in a bad way. I was greeted at the door and given a pretty accurate wait time for a table (around 5 mins). We were seated at the bar where menus were ready and waiting. I was able to quickly order a drink and food and within a few minutes, I received my wine and shortly following that, my ramen. Everything was efficient. The waitstaff did check in briefly. It was not overbearing, which was nice. Solid service.
There is not a lot of diversity on the menu as this place specializes in Ramen, so obviously I ordered a bowl of their Vegetarian Ramen Soup (the only option for a vegetarian). I added grated garlic and it came with seaweed, corn, seasoned vegetables and bean sprouts. Oh, and these delicious tofu nuggets that are called Tofu Furai. The broth is incredibly flavourful and the different vegetables/toppings add great texture. The noodles in this soup are considered “thick”, but they are not as thick as udon noodles. Instead, they are more like a spaghetti size while I assume the thin noodles are more similar to a spaghettini-sized noodle. I added their spicy seasoning and it really brought the dish to the next level for me. The portion was generous and I really enjoyed the dish.
Finding vegetarian ramen is not easy, so I very much appreciate that this place has the option. The menu is small, so having one of the main offerings vegetarian makes it a vegetarian-friendly restaurant in my book. There are a couple of other vegetarian items on the menu as well
I ended up paying $23 after tax and tip for the Vegetarian Ramen, the added garlic and a glass of house white wine which I feel was not unreasonable considering the portion size and quality of the dish and ingredients. I would certainly recommend a visit to the Kinton Ramen.
Time of Dinner: 8:30pm
Date: Fri April 7th, 2017
For more information, please check out their website at http://www.kintonramen.com/