Cuisine | Japanese Ramen
Location | 788 Denman St, Vancouver, BC, (604) 682-7568
Went to Kintaro for the first time with my mom last week for an afternoon meal. The shop is located around Denman and Robson and close to Kits Beach so check it out if you’re in the area. It’s a small location but we didn’t have to wait at all (a few tables after us had a 5-10min wait). The staff are Japanese so the place is definitely authentic and the servers are very friendly. The place is OLD and they are in dire need of a renovation. My other complaint was that they did not have any hot water as I usually like a warm drink to wash down an oily meal. Oh side note, each person has to order a minimum of $8.95 (aka a bowl of noodles) so you can’t really share a bowl.
I ordered the Shoyu Ramen (soya sauce) and my mom got the Shio Ramen (salted), both $8.95. We also got the option to choose between light, medium, and heavy soup broth and either lean or fatty pork; we both picked light and light (we about dat healthy living life). The noodles arrived 10 minutes after we ordered so this is a great place if you need a quick on-the-go meal and you ain’t got time for waiting. They literally only serve ramen and a few sides though, so not the place to go if you’re vegetarian.
The bowl was massiveee. (I wish I’d put my hand in the picture just to show how large it was). There was a lot of noodles and meat and I was pretty full halfway through the meal. My mom couldn’t even finish her bowl. Oh ANOTHER side note, they don’t do takeaways, so come on an empty stomach so you can actually finish the entire bowl. The noodles were authentic ramen noodles but meh, they were ok. Not great. Not bad either. The pork bone broth was also ok. The flavour was ok. Not exceptional. Not terrible. The cha-shu was also just ok. Not too chewy. Not flavourful. (Do you see a trend here?) However, I’m writing this after my heavenly experience at Santouka Ramen which is literally two blocks away and despite the wait time, I’ve gotta say that Santouka is more worthwhile. The noodles are more flavourful and chewy and the soup base is just perfectly flavoured. (Comparison coming soon. Get ready for a showdown…) Overall, it’s worth what you pay and a great place to check out if you ain’t a picky ramen connoisseur like me.
To sum it up:
- Large portion, great value
- Friendly service
- Small location, might be some waiting
- I still prefer Santouka
If you want a really filling meal, you’re short on time, and you don’t care toooo much about your noodles, Kintaro is your ramen shop. But if you’re crazy as heck about your noodles and pork bone soup, hop in line for Santouka instead.
Toodles, (cuz it rhymes with noodles)
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