Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

3
  • Food4
  • Service3
  • Value3.5
  • Ambiance2
  • Reviews92

Kintaro Ramen

788 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC V6G2L5
Tel: (604) 682-7568
Neighbourhood: Central

Reviews

Displaying 21 - 40 of 92 Reviews FoundSort: Useful | Helpful | Reviews | Date
Kyoto Street vendors brought to Denman Street
By SIXOFOH of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

I lived in Japan for a year and traveled all over the Kansai area and absolutely loved the Ramen i tasted in the back alleys of a Kyoto Street late at night with my boyfriend and friends.. We were all very impressed with the quality and true taste of Ramen.

The first time i went to Kintaro Ramen.. i loved the raw japanese environment. after reading the reviews i went and experience it on my own. I love the sharing of the big table, the smell of the Ramen in your face, the line up during all types of weather, rain, snow, hot sunny etc. I love how i am the minority because most of the clients are japanese.. i can tell because i can hear them speaking, i loved my ramen soup and i highly recommend it if you want true ramen on a cold, rainy, snowy, hot day. It will be worth it.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Kintaro is B-
By deck of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 5:47am [Dine in]

The ramen may be the best in the city... but far from what i had in Japan. It's all we got...

Hanpayaro is seriously the best $1 you can spend! I should order 20 of them to go~ Other than that... I didn't get caught with the extra additions to my ramen.

The service and ambiance doesn't really count because of the nature of the business. IT's more of a volume, eat-and-get-out type of thing. honestly they would have done just as well serving out of a cart on the street.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance

<More reviews below advertisement>

MMM delicious
By foodsnob05 of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 11:31am [Dine in]

Every time i feel like eating noodles i go to Kintaro. Although there is usually a line it's worth the wait. The noodles are fresh and tasty, -miso vegetable is my favorite, the portions are huge, and the prices are fair. The service is usually prompt and my water glass has never gone empty.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
best ramen EVER
By mellowfloyd of Downtown, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 8, 2006 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

As the title says, I think Kintaro has the best ramen ever! While Ezogiku(?) is decent, their soup and noodles don't begin to compare to Kintaro's. The noodles here are nice and springy, but not overly chewy nor soggy. The soup is to die for, though you really can't have it more than once a month or you'd really probably die of cholestrol. I would suggest the medium and the fatty pork, as it seems like a relatively good (though it is still a lot) amount of fat. The cheese ramen is pretty cool, but something that I think only need to be tried once. The regular noodles are just as good and cheaper. Though the portions are good, if you really hungry, you might not be totally full afterwards.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Delicious ramen.
By matchalatte of San Fran, CA (34 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

In short, every bowl I've had here has been a good one. The tonkotsu soup base is greasy and salty but very flavourful (not for dieters!). There is also a choice of shio (salty) or shoyu (soy sauce) base if you get certain other types of ramen. And if you're lucky to sit at the counter, you can watch the chefs put together what you ordered. The service is quick and no frills, but that's normal if you're in an authentic Japanese ramen place like this. Line-ups are always long, but worth the wait -- even in the winter.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Memoirs Of A Ramen Noodle Reviewer
By lazyhusband of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 12:49am [Dine in]

I've been here twice and on the second visit, I ordered the ramen noodle with cheese (the menu says the girls dig it!). I thought that maybe I had stumble onto a new type of aphrodysiac. Just had to see what all the fuss was about.

The quality of the noodles is always good at Kintaro but portion size could be improved. The cheese in the noodles made it interesting but for $8.25, I could have done without the cheese, ordered a regular bowl, and then had a BAS (buck a slice). However, I do put cheese in my instant noodles at home now thanks to Kintaro.

On another note, this place needs some serious air conditioning. It is usually hot and muggy in there. This doesn't help when you are having a bowl of hot noodles. For all the business that they generate, you'd think the owner could afford some a/c in the joint?

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance

<More reviews below advertisement>

Best Ramen place in Vancouver
By vancouvergal of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 1:34am [Dine in]

I really enjoy going this place for Ramen. Their portion size is reasonable and have a good price. lots of line-ups are exoected, but worth waiting! I heard it's one of those authentic ramen places you can find in Vancouver.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Undercooked noodles .. yum yum
By truman of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2006 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

We've been going to Kintaro every 2-3 weeks for few months now. As other people pointed out noodles were outstanding and personalities of their cooks/chefs outweighted nagging feeling of place being somewhat .. err .. dirty.

Went there today and it was the first time in my life when I was served "ramen al dente", which is a fancy way of saying UNDERCOOKED NOODLES.

Apparently they opened a new location in Richmond and slightly updated this one (ie repainted the walls, but decided to keep hairy lumps of dust on the ceiling). I would guess that guys that cooked there before are in Richmond now, which is too bad, because this was a good eatery. Oh, well.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Not for the healthy...
By chimera of West End, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

I had been dying to go to this place for awhile but the long lines had always turned me off. We finally went the other day and man, I wished someone had told me that with my healthy eating habits, I should get the "light" soup. Got the "medium" and even that was too heavy for me. At least they give you an option, so I know next time... if there is a next time.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
slurp...
By 2pogi4u of Richmond (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I are regulars at this place, we go there at least once almost every other week. Definetely the very best Ramen of Vancouver! We just came back from a trip to Japan and tried their ramen there. When we got back, all we did was crave for the Ramen at Kintaro. The Miso Ramen was what got me hooked the very first time, I recommend this one for first-timers. Shoyo, Shio and the Cheese Ramens are also our favorites.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Gooooood Ramen
By cha of Richmond (22 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

My husband and I came in just around 6 pm on Sat. The place was packed - one of the waitress came over and gave us a menu so that she could place our order in line already. Luckily we got seated in 5 min. and after another 5 min., our order started to come in.

Gyoza: average Japanese gyoza - tastes just like back home. Garlicky and crisp bottom.

Ramen: my choice - Miso (middle richness and lean pork)
my hubby's - Cheese! (middle richness and lean pork)
Ohhhhhh it was authentic. Great broth. You can't duplicate this at home. The broth was Tonkotsu-based, I believe, and very rich to me who grew up in Kansai (West mainland Japan). Lots of noodles, pork, and veg. Much more satisfying than ramen I had elsewhere (incl. in Japan). For Cheese Ramen, he liked it, but perhaps for novelty only. We both enjoyed broth a lot but didn't finish because it was just too rich.

By the time we finish, the line-up outside was long. The bill came to $23. Will definitely return.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Steamy, Fun, and Tasty
By superhunkdougal of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

The decor isn't anything special, but its highly entertaining watching the pork boil away in huge stockpots and the cooks pulling noodles out of the highly efficient pasta bath.

The entire set-up is highly efficient as a matter of fact. Boiled pork serves as the base for the stock, and then mixed with miso/shoyu/whatever plus some pork and vegetables. Basic, tasty ramen.

Service is friendly and cute.

I personally think the ramen here is delicious. The broth is simple (and salty), but combined with the fatty-melt-in-your-mouth pork and spot-on noodles it ends up being mouth-watering delicious every time.

A great place for a quick bite to eat, and an even better place to take out of town visitors for a unique taste of Vancouver.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Best Ramen in Vancouver
By yonny of Kitsilano (26 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

This is my favourite restaurant in Vancouver. The broth is always extremely flavourful, and the noodles are always perfect. Other restaurants seem to use more filler items (bean sprouts, cabbage) but Kintaro doesn't overdo it. Just the good stuff. It is easily the best Ramen I've had, and I am comparing it to Ramen in HK and to a lesser extent, in Vancouver.

Service has always been fast. Generally we are in and out in a half hour and we have never been ignored by their servers. Two can eat easily for under $20 incl. tax + tip and you should get filled up quite nicely.

The only downside is going in on a hot day. That place gets to be a sauna. The decor is pretty plain, and it can be noisy when it's busy (which is always), but who cares about that when the food and your companion are so wonderful.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
oh my! I thought
By KickAssDude of Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

After the renovation, the big hiatus of Kintaro, I finally have time to go and enjoy a bowl of my favorite Japanese Noodle Soup. I was there on a Wednesday night, 7 o'clock 'ish. I was seated at the bar seats where the chefs are. I ordered a BBQ Pork Ramen with Rich Miso Base Broth. After a 10 minutes wait I got my share of the noodles. The first glance into my bowl gave me a "where's my meal?" impression. I mean I am use to the old potions they gave us. Anyhow, I dig in and try the soup, "oh my!" I thought, the soup is warmish, close to cold. Due to the temperature of the soup, the pork fat is now solidifying on top of my soup and it's not a pretty sight. I also gave a bite and try out the pork and "yes", it is cold also. The only thing hot is my noodle. Anyhow I quickly finished it and ask for my bill, it was $10.44 and with a little bit of tips it'a around $13. Well, I don't think I would go back there for awhile until somebody is telling me that they are back to their normal Kintaro-self.

P.S. I had a bad tummy that night.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
The Robson Ramen theory proven correct
By gyrobot of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

After my experience in Kawawa, my sister had recommended me Kintaro Ramen as a place to go, taking the plunge, I have decided to head to Vancouver's Ramen Capital and its crown jewel Kintaro. And I have to say, it was a very delicous experience

The place is packed by the time I was there and was given a menu right off the bat, compared to Kawawa, the Ramen soups are more traditional but compensated with allowing for intensity of the soup and the pork slices. Ordering a thick pork slice salt broth ramen. I sat down to enjoy the Ramen, and I have to say...I LOVED IT!

The Ramen Soup itself felt a lot more savory then when Kawawa normally offered and lacked the mind numbingly hot feel after drinking the broth. The side orders however was somewhat not to my taste due to bean sprouts and a lack of bamboo shoots, but the pork made up for that. If I could describe the pork, I will have to say it is nice and fatty and tastes like a roasted ham straight from the roast. Yes, it is that good I have to say. The noodles are also very smooth and I liked the authenticity.

Overrall a very good experience

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Food is good, everything else is BLAH.
By foodjunkiex of vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

The ramen and the soup base is very unique and tasty. Probably best in the city. BUT the line up is usually brutal, sitting is very limited and sometimes you have to share a table with strangers. i usually equate ramen with affordable cheap food, but this is not the case, b/c Each bowl of ramen is around 10 bux. In addition, can the bathroom be any smaller?

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Fantastic ramen!
By nomvula of Kitsilano (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

I have been to Kintaro many times and consistently get huge portions of delicious ramen. I don't really understand why other reviewers find it fatty because you can pick how rich (or not) you want your broth. I always order the miso ramen and am never disappointed! If I had to choose one flaw, though, it would be nice to get a bit more pork. Generally you get 3-4 pieces in your huge bowl.

Service is quick and to the point. I don't mind getting the bill brought to my table while I'm still finishing - there are always huge lineups and I don't feel rushed, but I'm happy to give someone else my table as soon as I'm done. It's a small, cramped space that gets pretty warm/steamy inside, so it's not the type of place I like to linger...I go for the ramen, and the ramen only!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Fatty PORK!
By lamned of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 4:16am [Dine in]

This place is packed, even late at night. Line-ups go out the door, so there's usually a 10-15 minute wait period until you get a table. There are 2 other ramen places nearby so based on the popularity, this must be the best. I've tried the shio and shoyu ramen, and shio definitely wins as my favourite. The boiled egg is so tasty...I really wonder what they marinate it in. I've had medium and fatty broth. I wouldn't get fatty broth every again because I was surprised at the amount of floating fat balls I had. In one spoonful of soup, there'd be about 15 fat blobs floating. There isn't much ramen in each bowl, but something about it makes it so filling. I don't know if it's because it's made of egg. I can usually only eat 1/2-3/4 of my bowl. The pork is excellent..probably the best pork I've eaten. The fatty pork is rich and tastes the best. Definitely recommend the place, but don't go there so often unless you want clogged arteries.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
The grease is part of the charm
By Silvermink of Commercial Drive, Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2009 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

I have yet to find a better ramen place in Vancouver than Kintaro. It's usually packed, and anything more than three people in a party is usually a lost cause (I managed to sneak four in once), but this place is cheap and it's great. I usually have the cheese ramen, which is incredibly rich and not health food by any stretch of the imagination.

The ambiance is pretty good for a little hole-in-the-wall place, what with all the cooking going on right out in front. Sitting at the bar and watching them dish up your ramen is especially entertaining and I recommend it for first-timers. Service is quick and friendly, and I'm always kind of amazed that a couple of waitresses can keep up with the pace as efficiently as they do.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Great Soup to warm you up !
By Quality_First of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

Mmmmm ... I still have that yummy-in-my-tummy feeling from the soup that I had last night from this place. The broth is wonderful - you can tell that they've been making it all day/night. It has such a rich flavor. I ordered the cheese ramen as everybody had been raving about it on this site and I must say that it did not disappoint! A bit too much cheese for my liking (so I gave half the cheese tower to my dinner companion), but it was ooey-gooey good! I see that they've repainted in there, so it looks a bit brighter than it did the last time I visited. On a cold day, this is the best soup to warm you up and leave feeling warm, fuzzy and full!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance

Images

Displaying 101 - 3 of 3 Images Found