Noodle-ee Goodness at Kinton

cooking at kinton ramen bar restaurant queen street west toronto

Last month, Meghan told me about an interesting outing she'd been on with a friend. They'd gone to the TIFF Cinema to see the 1985 Japanese film Tampopo, which has recently been fully restored.

This comedy is described as, "The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film." I'm sorry I missed it at the theatre but will be keeping my eyes out for another chance.

Clearly, the lushly visual movie is the catalyst for a ramen craving, so as a cross-promotion, the audience was offered a discount on a meal at a nearby ramen bar following the movie.

The bowl of delicious Japanese noodle soup Meghan described having had at Kinton Ramen stuck with me, and I wanted to try it myself. She liked the place so much that she gladly agreed to go a second time within a month, and we made a date for Sunday evening.

If you've been on Queen Street West near Spadina lately, you've probably seen the big metal sculpture of the pig that's outside this busy place, located at 402 Queen West between Cameron and Spadina.

pig sculpture outside kinton ramen restaurant queen street west toronto

I arrived moments before Meghan did, to a welcoming chorus of greetings from the staff, and was shown to a couple of wooden stools at one end of a communal table.

at kinton ramen queen street west toronto

at kinton ramen bar

We had a mug of Sapporo beer while deciding what to eat.


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I went for the spicy jalapeno chicken soup, choosing thin noodles over thick, and Meghan had the special called "Shio Ontama Ramen". We also had a side of gyoza to share.

spicy chicken ramen and gyoza at kinton ramen bar queen street west toronto

shio ontama ramen special at kinton ramen restaurant queen street west toronto

spicy chicken thin noodle ramen at kinton queen street west toronto

↑ A good look at those delectable homemade noodles. ↑

The food was totally delicious and the service friendly. While everything was done very efficiently, with the aim to please diners who are in a hurry, we were in no way rushed. We had plenty of time for another beer and a good catch up.

There's no doubt we'll be going back!

kinton ramen restaurant queen street west toronto

Thanks for reading,
xo loulou
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3 Responses to Noodle-ee Goodness at Kinton

  1. Norma says:

    Looks delicious – you have such good nights out.

  2. Julie says:

    oooh, looks so delicious!! And that film sounds awesome, I wonder if it will end up on Netflix? I will have to look. I had ramen a couple weeks ago at a restaurant, it was so good! A perfect winter meal, for sure.

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