51 Baldwin Street
Winter is approaching which also means ramen season is here. I've been hesitant on trying Kinton ramen for a while now because I've heard mixed reviews from a lot of people so I had to try it for myself. Kinton is part of Guu's giant empire in toronto, from opening two izakayas, a high end sushi restaurant, and now their forth ramen joint.
I'm not a ramen connoisseur but I do have some requirements that I like to mentally check off; 1. the soup has to come to the table piping hot 2. the soup can't be too salty 3. the meat has to be flavourful and tender. I'm not asking for much, right?
Aaron and Carmen both got the Miso Ramen, soybean paste,
bean sprouts, scallions, corn & garlic oil ($10.90). Aaron got
his noodles with pork shoulder and Carmen got it with pork belly. I had
some of their soup, it was mild in flavour with a hint of miso flavour.
I tend to get the original flavour when I try a ramen joint for the first time. This time I got the Shio Ramen,
sea salt, bean sprouts, scallions, nori ($10.90). I also added a
seasoned egg for $1.50. My soup base had a little more flavour compared
to the miso soup but it didn't come throat burning hot!
I really enjoy Kinton's choice of noodles, thin and chewy which makes this girl happy. I like how the noodles were slightly undercooked so they can soften while you're eating. The egg was perfectly soft boiled, it was probably the best thing I ate that night. While everyone else is raving about Kinton's ramen I have a different opinion, I found the soup base to be too salty even though I picked a "light" for the soup base. The piece of pork belly was paper thin but I do give them credit for blow torching the piece of meat, giving it a smoky flavour but I guess you do have the option of getting extra meat for $2.