I’ve always been interested in trying authentic ramen. I used to really enjoy the packets that you can make yourself, but I always found that they were lacking something. I tried Kinton Ramen the first time about three months ago and for the most part it was enjoyable, but this was back in September right before I found out I had Strep Throat. So while it tasted amazing I was having difficulty swallowing because my throat was so swollen (I had a very bad case of strep). I went again just this past week with my boyfriend before we headed off to Toronto’s Christmas Market in the Distillery District. I knew that he would like it because he mentioned that he had had ramen a few weeks ago for dinner, so I figured that this place would be an improvement from the stuff in the packets.
We went to the Yonge street location, but they have locations all across Toronto. The restaurant is pretty small, and it’s constantly busy. They stuck us at a long 8 person table right beside these two women, and we got to hear them talk about this one mutual friend who they are both fed up with. Minus that the experience was pleasant. The service was really good, and considering how busy it was we got our food really fast. Also random note but the bathrooms are super cute. They have a dispenser that dispenses mouth wash should you need it. I’ve never seen that before and I thought it was a nice touch.
What I also like about Kinton Ramen is that their menu is not overly complicated. There’s mainly two soup categories: pork or chicken. In each category there’s different types of pork or chicken ramen soups that you can order. Then you pick whether you want thick or thin noodles. And if you want you can add items for an extra $1-$2 depending what it is. I got the Original Chicken ramen, which has sea salt, white onions, scallions, nori, seasoned egg, chicken breast, and I added bean sprouts. My boyfriend got the Napoli ramen, which is thick noodles in a chicken & cream broth with king oyster mushrooms, chicken breast, garlic, broccoli, onion, and shredded red pepper. He really liked his, and I tasted it and really liked it as well. Mine was also really good. We also decided to get a side of Hot Karaage, which is spicy fried chicken in this delicious sauce. The last time I came I got the Monday special which is the Karaage Ramen. It’s a choice of Shoyu (w/ nori) or Spicy broth, deep-fried chicken, scallion, and bean sprouts. I’m not sure how they do it, but somehow the chicken stays crispy. Despite the strep it was tasty, but I would definitely like to try it again when I’m not sick. Also I should mention that the Napoli Ramen is only available at the Yonge location.
I definitely recommend checking these places out! I’m already looking forward to next time!