one of the first to tell you about Kinton Ramen in the once-tranquil Baldwin Village neighbourhood. Judging by the lineups outside, it seems that the city just can’t get enough ramen — even in the dead heat of summer.">

Cheap Eat of the Week: a hearty bowl of Japanese noodles from Kinton Ramen


Published:

A few months ago, we were one of the first to tell you about Kinton Ramen in the once-tranquil Baldwin Village neighbourhood. Judging by the lineups outside, it seems that the city just can’t get enough ramen — even in the dead heat of summer.

Back in May, I’ll be the first to admit, I wasn’t sure about this place. There were constant flashbacks to some of the great bowls of ramen I’ve had in New York, at Ippudo, or in Vancouver, at Kintaro Ramen and Motomachi Shokudo. Today, I stand convinced, and I’m trying to wean myself down to no more than one visit each week.

My pick: the shoyu ramen, a soy sauce flavoured soup with bean sprouts, slowly-braised pork shoulder, scallion, nori and a firm seasoned egg (which has a perfectly jammy yolk that even the fanciest of immersion circulators and vacuum sealers can’t replicate).

At $9.50, it appeals to the broke student, young professional or freelance writer in all of us. Spend the extra $1 for sweet corn and another $1 for grated garlic and you’re set.  

Whatever your preferred ramen bowl, if you can finish the entire thing, you’ll be inducted into the hall of fame (it’s a photo album on their Facebook page).

Next up from the owners of Kinton (who also own Guu): an aburi-style (flame-seared) sushi restaurant — an emerging trend led by Vancouver’s Miku Restaurant — opening this fall.

Kinton Ramen, 51 Baldwin St., 647-748-8900

Gizelle Lau is a food and travel writer/photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

How the Food Dudes put their multi-faceted stamp on Toronto’s dining scene

How the Food Dudes put their multi-faceted stamp on Toronto’s dining scene

Adrian Niman and Brent McClenahan are the official co-owners of the Food Dudes, overseeing two acclaimed restaurants — Rasa and Omaw — two grab-and-go Pantry eateries and two food trucks. Oh, and they cater over 1,500 events a year.
Posted 6 days ago
Eat This Minute: T.O.’s newest New York City import has tongues wagging

Eat This Minute: T.O.’s newest New York City import has tongues wagging

Posted 7 days ago
First Look: Adamson adds Conspiracy Pizza next door to their BBQ operation

First Look: Adamson adds Conspiracy Pizza next door to their BBQ operation

Midtown’s newest pizza joint is now in its soft opening phase and doling out 18-inch pizzas ranging from $20 for a plain old cheese pizza to $28 for the brisket pizza. The style of pizza served at Conspiracy is a “New York-Italian hybrid,” says their pizzaiolo, Dan Rios.
Posted 1 week ago
At the Bar: One-two milk punch from Good Fortune

At the Bar: One-two milk punch from Good Fortune

Craft cocktail bar Good Fortune has us fooled. Clarified punch is a super old-timey way of crafting cocktails, with the best-known recipe reaching back to 1711.
Posted 1 week ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module