Kinton Ramen

Ever since we fell in love with Kinka Izakaya, we have eagerly been awaiting the opening of Kinton Ramen, their sister restaurant. Here from Toronto, Kinton Ramen promises to bring authentic ramen to Montreal, and they certainly deliver on that promise. Their soup base is made by simmering chicken and pork bones for more than 6 hours and adding quality bonito fish and fresh vegetables to create a savory umami flavour.

Kinton Ramen, Montreal Restaurant

The pork that tops the pork ramen is Canadian pork that simmers with the soup. It is then marinated with sea salt and a soy mixed sauce; right before serving it’s torched with a kitchen torch for caramelization. We were lucky to try both Kinton Ramen’s pork broth and their chicken broth at their media tasting. Though the chicken ramen was delicious we found the pork ramen had that extra bit of fat and a more complex flavour.

“Panache: Sapporo + Limonade maison” 7.00$ “Shandy Gaff: Sapporo + Soda au Gingembre” 7.00$

“Panache: Sapporo + Limonade maison” 7.00$
“Shandy Gaff: Sapporo + Soda au Gingembre” 7.00$

We started with two cocktails, the Panache was a mix of Sapporro and homemade lemonade, which added a sour flavour to the Sapporo beer. The Shandy Gaff was our favourite of the two cocktails, it was Sapporo beer with ginger ale, and it was very refreshing. We were brought a variety of appetizers to sample, and Kinton Ramen truly didn’t disappoint.

“Karaage Original: original fried chicken” 6.90$ “Takoyaki: deep fried octopus balls w/ tonkatsu sauce & mayo”5.50$ “Tofu Furai: tofu nuggets” 5.90$

“Karaage Original: original fried chicken” 6.90$
“Takoyaki: deep fried octopus balls w/ tonkatsu sauce & mayo”5.50$
“Tofu Furai: tofu nuggets” 5.90$

We also received a fabulous ramen broth tasting of all 6 of their ramen broths. The original pork ramen was with sea salt, bean sprouts, scallions, nori, seasoned egg and pork, whereas the shoyu pork ramen was with soy sauce, bean sprouts, scallions, nori and pork. The miso pork ramen was with soybean paste, bean sprouts, scallions, corn, garlic oil and pork, and the spicy pork ramen was with chili pepper, bean sprouts, scallions, grated garlic and pork.

“Pork Ramen: Miso” 12.99$ “Seasoned Egg” 1.50$ “Scallions” 1.00$ “Seasoned Vegetables” 3.50$ “Grated garlic” 1.00$

“Pork Ramen: Miso” 12.99$ “Seasoned Egg” 1.50$ “Scallions” 1.00$ “Seasoned Vegetables” 3.50$ “Grated garlic” 1.00$

The original chicken ramen was similar to the original pork ramen but the differences were more than just exchanging one meat for the other. The original chicken ramen was composed of sea salt, white onions, scallions, nori, seasoned egg and chicken breast. The shoyu chicken ramen was with soy sauce, white onions, scallions, nori and chicken breast, and the spicy chicken ramen had a green colour from the jalapeno paste with white onions, scallions, nori and chicken breast.

“Age Gyoza: deep fried pork dumplings w/original sweet chili sauce” 3.90$

“Age Gyoza: deep fried pork dumplings w/original sweet chili sauce” 3.90$

As we were enjoying our broth tasting the appetizers arrived before us. The Age Gyoza at Kinton Ramen is deep fried pork dumplings that came with a sweet chili sauce. These Japanese delicacies are crispy and filled with ground meat, Kinton Ramen did not disappoint and their sweet chili sauce was different from the usual soya sauce based sauces that we’re used to getting with gyoza.

“Tofu Furai: tofu nuggets” 5.90$

“Tofu Furai: tofu nuggets” 5.90$

The tofu furai, tofu nuggets, were our least favourite appetizers, but we’re bias, we don’t really like tofu. The tofu center did not have much flavour but we loved the crispy skin of the nuggets and it came with more of that sweet chili sauce that added flavour to the bland tofu.

"Karaage Original: original fried chicken” 6.90$

“Karaage Original: original fried chicken” 6.90$

The karaage at Kinka Izakaya is delicious, so we knew that as their sister restaurant, Kinton Ramen, would likely have delicious karaage too. The fried chicken was perfectly crispy and full of flavour, they even offer spicy karaage for those so inclined. Karaage in Japanese cuisine involves marinating meat or fish, in this case chicken, in a soy sauce marinade and then coating with flour before frying in a manner similar to tempura.

“Takoyaki: deep fried octopus balls w/ tonkatsu sauce & mayo”5.50$

“Takoyaki: deep fried octopus balls w/ tonkatsu sauce & mayo”5.50$

Takoyaki are deep fried octopus balls that are made up of minced octopus meat and tempura. This dish is considered Japanese street food but is now popular in Japanese restaurants too. At Kinton Ramen the takoyaki is topped with a drizzle of tonkatsu sauce (Japanese BBQ sauce) and mayo. The takoyaki are then topped with bonito flakes which is how this dish is usually served.

“Pork Ramen: Miso” 12.99$ “Seasoned Egg” 1.50$ “Scallions” 1.00$ “Nori” 1.00$ “Jalapeno Paste” 1.50$

“Pork Ramen: Shoyu” 12.99$ “Seasoned Egg” 1.50$ “Scallions” 1.00$ “Nori” 1.00$ “Jalapeno Paste” 1.50$

When we were choosing which ramen to enjoy we were knew that we wanted pork ramen but we were torn between the shoyu broth which was a touch saltier, because of the soya sauce or the miso broth that used three different misos and had a wonderful flavour. We loved the white brownish colour of the broth that we were explained came from the 6-8 hour simmer. The spicy broth was also delicious but the spiciness was strong, and though we love spicy foods, we didn’t want the spiciness of the broth to take away from all the complex flavours.

“Pork Ramen: Shoyu” 12.99$ “Seasoned Egg” 1.50$ “Scallions” 1.00$

“Pork Ramen: Shoyu” 12.99$ “Seasoned Egg” 1.50$ “Scallions” 1.00$

Sweet Pea chose the Miso broth and Diva #1 the shoyu broth, we added nori, jalapeno paste, scallions, etc to enrich the delicious broth. We had the choice between thick or thin noodles but we were recommended the thick ramen noodles and they were perfect. Kinton Ramen has many options, for example you can enjoy gluten free noodles, extra noodles for an additional cost, 3 times the regular portion of pork or chicken, etc. You truly build your own ramen bowl.

“Pork Ramen: Shoyu” 12.99$ “Seasoned Egg” 1.50$ “Scallions” 1.00$ “Nori” 1.00$ “Jalapeno Paste” 1.50$

“Pork Ramen: Shoyu” 12.99$ “Seasoned Egg” 1.50$ “Scallions” 1.00$ “Nori” 1.00$ “Jalapeno Paste” 1.50$

You need to order the seasoned egg with your bowl of ramen. This perfectly soft boiled egg has a custard-like yolk, and is a slight brown colour due to the soy sauce mirin based sauce that the peeled egg is placed in for marinating. It’s delicious! The ramen bowls at Kinton Ramen are large and if you’re a Kinton Bowler and finish your whole bowl of ramen down to the last drop, then you can receive various prizes when you finish 10, 30, 50, etc bowls of their ramen. When you become a 100 Kinton Bowler, one additional topping will be free for life!

“Karaage Original: original fried chicken” 6.90$ “Takoyaki: deep fried octopus balls w/ tonkatsu sauce & mayo”5.50$ “Tofu Furai: tofu nuggets” 5.90$

“Karaage Original: original fried chicken” 6.90$
“Takoyaki: deep fried octopus balls w/ tonkatsu sauce & mayo”5.50$
“Tofu Furai: tofu nuggets” 5.90$

Kinton Ramen, you blew our mind! You expanded our ramen expertise, and you made us appreciate the different broths and toppings that you could enjoy with a great bowl of ramen. Our favourite broths were definitely the pork miso and pork shoyu broths, but if you’re a purist, the original broth is perfection. Definitely a spot that we’re going to return to, Kinton Ramen we’re salivating just thinking about that savory umami flavour.

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Our Rating: Always on Thursdays

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