Affordability - 8
Romance - 7.1
Taste - 8.2
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2. I would recommend ordering extra meat. Not that the regular portion won’t fill you up, but just because it’s so damn good.
3. The gyoza here is amazing… some of the best I’ve ever had.
Anyone who lives in Toronto would know that Pho is some of the most popular food on the market at the moment. It’s cheap, it’s delicious, and it’s everywhere. However, I would bet in the next couple of years that Japanese style ramen houses will be giving pho restaurants a good run for their money. Ramen is just as cheap, much tastier, and a hell of a lot more filling than Pho. If you don’t believe me, just head to Kinton Ramen in Toronto’s Baldwin Village and you’ll see what I mean. About $10 will get you a huge bowl of ramen, which I would say is worth a bowl and a half of pho in value.
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A table at this place is not easy to come by. You can’t make reservations and Jamie and I have come once before when we were told to wait an hour for a table for two. Don’t let that deter you, it’s well worth the wait… and there are a ton of bars located in and around Baldwin Village to grab a quick drink while you wait (our favorite is Sin and Redemption on McCaul Street).
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Once inside, it’s not difficult to understand why the line is so long. Kinton Ramen is extremely narrow, and jam packed with people. If you’ve ever been to Wide Open on Spadina, it’s kind of like that… but with amazing Japanese food. If you’re a fan of gyoza (similar to chinese dumplings), it’s excellent here. I HIGHLY recommend this if you’re looking for an appetizer. As for the ramen, the broth is rich, perfectly spicy, and the meat seems to melt in your mouth… honestly, it’s amazing how damn good it is. Choose your flavour of broth, your cut of meat (pork shoulder, belly, or vegetarian) and you’re set. My personal favorite is the Spicy Garlic Ramen with extra pork shoulder. I usually sweat about a liter while eating it, and regret absolutely nothing about my decision.
If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing spot to enjoy your lunch or dinner, this is not the place. The chefs shout to each other from opposite sides of the kitchen, great every visitor with a boisterous “konichiwa” and say to anyone who leaves with an equally rambunctious “sayonara.” This, in addition to shouting when each individual meal is served, adds to an electric atmosphere unlike any other that Toronto has to offer. Whether you’ve lived in Toronto all of your life or are just visiting for a weekend, you should without a doubt make time for Kinton Ramen. It exemplifies the highest level of ethnic authenticity and diversity that Torontonians have at their disposal when it comes to dining out.Her Take