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“Excellent broth, big bowls” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kintaro Ramen

Kintaro Ramen
788 Denman St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
604-682-7568
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Ranked #277 of 3,035 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Japanese, Noodle Shop
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
Chicago, Illinois
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“Excellent broth, big bowls”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Kintaro is a small restaurant, doing one rhing very well, which is nice to find.

We did not have to wait in line long, they move it right along, and it was worth the wait. They passed out menus in line and took our order as we approached the door, so when we got a seat the bowls came promptly.

It's a small place with an open kitchen and huge vats of broth steaming. So its warm and humid, but we forgot that once the ramen bowls came. We had two ramens: the miso, which was a flavorful, but delecate flavor and the spicy garlic, which was fairly spicy and very garlicy. Both were excellent. The lean pork was very good and lean. I'm not a ramen expert, but the noodles, home made, seemed very good, with just the right texture.

The bowls seemed huge when we first saw them but ours were empty when we left.


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Montreal, Canada
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“Worth the line up!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

I did not know what ramen soup was but I curious about this place that has a huge line up of people (mostly Japanese) every time I go to Vancouver. We decided to line up and try it. We were not disappointed. We sat at the bar, watched tha cooks prepare the soups and loved our soups. SInce there were 3 huge pots of pork broth boiling, the place was quite steamy! If you are a bigger group, tell them that you do not mind being separated to get in faster...

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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North Vancouver, Canada
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“Yum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We were lucky to be there around 3pm on a weekday, no lineup!
The place was still busy though. And soon after we were seated, the line formed outside.
We sat by the bar. It was interesting to watch the cooks work in the kitchen while waiting for the food.
This place is so cramped and busy all the time, people just come here to have a good bowl of ramen and leave.
What the interior space lacked, the food made up for it.
And all the staff are actually Japanese, it adds more authenticity.

Gyoza were delicious. My spicy Ramen with garlic was very tasty, there was a table spoonful of crashed garlic on top of the noodles, so be prepared for the after meal breath.
The miso ramen was milder in flavor, also very good.

The bill came to a bit over $28 before tip, for 2 bowls of ramen and five ieices of Gyoza.
A bit pricy, otherwise, I'd visit them more often.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, Canada
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“Awesome ramen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

This place has quite a good variety of ramen, spicy and mild. Good sides with it. Meat portions are a bit small, but that's fine.

Noodles are just perfect, their miso soup base is definitely high quality. Low MSG, good stuff, fast service and polite.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“friendly and yummy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

feels like you are in Japan. Waiters, food everything taste like Japan... for years I only knew Miso soup...which I didn't like...now I'm am an addict to Shio Soup ....

Visited May 2013
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