Some friends from Vancouver have always insisted that some of the Ramen places out there are the best in the world. Nothing in Toronto could ever compare. I asked for recommendations and the same places kept coming up. I was excited to see what all the fuss was about.
First off, KINTARO….
All soup bases at Kintaro are made from pork bone stock. Although they had a few choices, my friend swore by the Miso Ramen so it was an easy choice for me. You have a choice of light, medium, or rich broth, and lean and fat pork. Rich broth, fat pork for me. You only live once right?
At first glance, you may think this ramen soup above has lots of crashed garlic floating on top. Well, not all of it is garlic, but mostly granulated pork fat. Don’t know how that sounds was I type it, but I can tell you it tasted absolutely fantastic!
The ramen noodle in the soup at Kintaro is flavored with blend of soybean pastes from four different Japanese regions and has twelve spices. Accompanying the noodle, bean sprouts, chopped green onions, menma, corn and BBQ pork.
Side orders of meat is also available on the menu, definitely must.
Kintaro left a “warm”impression on me. I loved sitting at the bar and watching the chefs prepare each bowl starting for making the noodles, to adding the broth and ingredients. The 4 huge pots of steaming broth, cold Sapporo beer, every time I think about it I want to go for ramen.
We also tried the Gyoza, which were pretty standard. Nothing special.
Overall ambiance, and quality of the food would make me go back to Kintoro again and again.
next to Santouka
788 Denman St