Location: 788 Denman St, Vancouver, BC (Denman/West End)
Phone: (604) 682-7568
- Street Parking
- Homemade broth and ramen
- Small restaurant
Kintaro is one of Vancouver’s longest standing ramen places of all time. I remember coming here a long time ago, before the food blogging days and Kintaro would have had long lineups out the door. Throughout the many years, there has been quite a bit of competition coming into the ramen business. However, Kintaro continues to be strive amongst competition based on its food quality and fair pricing.
The kitchen line here are all Japanese, so authenticity is not an issue you will run across here. My girlfriend and I visited the restaurant on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Actually, it was one of those days that the weather couldn’t make up its mind.
I can’t entirely recall but I believe this was the Shio ramen that my girlfriend ordered. Like most ramen places, you get to choose the broth and the fatness of the pork. Being health-conscious, my girlfriend chose the lean type. I believe at Kintaro you can also choose the richness of your broth. It’s pretty customizable.
I believe this was the miso ramen, also lean pork. The richness of the miso was just amazing. It definitely didn’t come out of a instant soup pack. The soup was pretty hot when served.
The pork gyoza came in a dish of 5 pieces. Nothing special about the gyoza here, it taste almost identical to the ones store bought.
So why else will you go for Kintaro? The experience. Your soup and ramen is cooked right in front of you. The place is very small and probably needs a renovation big time. Where do you think is the best ramen place in Vancouver? Let me know down in the comments section below.