Kintaro Ramen Vancouver Downtown 金太郞 has long line ups. It is absurd, but I seriously do not understand what the hype is about here at Kintaro Ramen. Kintaro is dirty, the decor is dated and old, and they could seriously use some new utensils. Especially the wooden spoons!. I bet some will disagree and I will end up with hate mail again. Aesthetics aside, service here at Kintaro is not superb. We asked to change seats when no one was waiting and the waitress told us our ramen is on the way and it is their standards not to allow customers to change seats. She was not very friendly about it. We were initially seated in front of the boiling pots and beneath heavy air ducts. Sorry that is not my ideal dining spot. It is hot and my vent is giving me a headache. I digress.
Kintaro allows you to customize your ramen order by choosing a rich, medium or light broth. Your choice of fat, lean or half/half chashu bbq pork. Seems pretty good. Easy enough!
BBQ Pork Ramen – medium broth, half lean / half fatty pork and added ajitama egg. The broth was not outstandingly delicious. Ramen noodles were al dente – slightly chewy and bouncy. My pork was dry, rough and where is my fatty pork? The egg? As you can see it is a regular hard boiled egg that I can make in 12 mins over high heat on my stove top at home. This is their ‘style’, I was told. The ajitama egg at Kintaro is, well not a perfectly cooked egg with a golden yellow gooey center. Pisser.
Cold Ramen with some seaweed, bean sprouts and garnishes. A light soy ponzu vinaigrette. Nothing special. I would prefer Motomachi Shokudo next door. As as for the overall ramen experience? There are plenty of really good Japanese ramen restaurants in Vancouver. Kintaro Ramen is hardly the best ramen in Vancouver. I suggest you head over to Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Ramen Sanpachi, Marutama Ramen. On their worst days, the aforementioned ramen restaurants may be even knocked it out of the park. Needless to say, I won’t be coming back to Kintaro for an overpriced, mediocre bowl of ramen noodles.
Kintaro Ramen Vancouver 金太郞
Cuisine: Japanese, Ramen, Noodles
Tue 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
788 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L5