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Kinton Ramen - First Taste

JonasBrand | May 14, 2012 04:19 PM

Visited Kinton Ramen last night for the soft opening (5pm-10pm daily I think, leading up to this Friday's official launch). You have two options for the ramen, regular or light and belly or shoulder. I ordered the Shoyu regular with pork belly, my wife the Miso light with pork shoulder. To drink we went with the yuzu lemonade and a calpico soda (liquor license coming soon).

The Shoyu ramen was very delicious. The pork belly was super tender and the outer edge had a smokey almost sweet aroma - easily the best chashu ramen in Toronto. The noodles were fresh and had a nice bite. The broth was rich with bits of goodness floating around. And the Shoyu ramen came with a perfectly cooked egg, runny in the center. The chopped fresh red onions might not tickle everyone's fancy (my wife picked them out of her bowl), but I didn't mind the contrast to the deep broth. Amazingly for such hearty fare, I didn't feel at all weighed down during or after dinner.

The Miso ramen was tasty, but I preferred the Shoyu. I'd also recommend the pork belly over the shoulder (which is probably as fatty, but doesn't provide the same melt in your mouth mmm).

Kinton was designed by the same architect from Guu, I'm a fan of his modern style it really sets the mood. We sat at the communal table in the back, which is tight but comfortable enough. The price point is very affordable, dinner for two ran just $28 including tax. Kinton is a welcome addition to Baldwin street and a definite contender for the best ramen in Toronto. We'll be back soon!

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