I visited Kinton Ramen for a late lunch one day. Unlike Momofuku, which I would categorize as Asian-inspired, Kinton Ramen is very authentic. The atmosphere is izakaya-like, where the staff shouts what sounds to me like "irashaimase" ("welcome" in Japanese) any time a new patrons enter. (The same folks own Guu Izakaya.) The space at Kinton Ramen is long and narrow. I nabbed a seat overlooking the open kitchen, which is always a fun spot to be.
|Ramen chef delivers a bowl from the open kitchen|
I decided to try a Miso Ramen, made with soybean paste, bean sprout, scallion, corn, and garlic oil. It comes with the customer's choice of either pork shoulder or pork belly; I selected the pork shoulder based on the waiter's recommendation. You can also choose the richness of the broth, from light to regular to rich (rich for me).
For $9.50, this ramen is quite a bit less pricey than Momofuku's. The pork was juicy and flavorful and the fresh noodles were excellent as well. I felt the broth was a bit more bland compared to Momofuku's, however.
|Miso Ramen with Pork Shoulder ($9.50)|
On the whole, it was a pretty decent bowl of ramen for under $10, and now my interest in ramen is officially piqued. On my next visit to Toronto I will have to check out a couple more of the newest ramen bars in town.
51 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1Y9
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