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Kintaro Ramen

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

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Yes, the best ramen in the city.
By tzschoi of Downtown, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

My Japanese friend I brought here with me said the experience at Kintaro is very much like back home -- the energy of the staff, the way their menu works, and the authenticity of their delicious ramen! It's always pretty busy, so their service is as good as it gets. I sometimes wait for my pepsi for...ever. but otherwise, the food itself comes out very quickly and the price is better than reasonable. I always get medium broth and fat bbq pork. also get a hamparaya pork chunks which is only 1 dollar but great in your soup. yum yum!

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Good food, bad ambiance
By teko of Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 12:04am [Dine in]

Good food, bad place/ambiance. The place is usually overcrowded, and there isn't much space around. Basically you go there for the food and food alone.

I rather liked their Richmond shop more. Sometimes the ramen isn't as good as the Denman one, but there was more room, and it looks a lot cleaner. Too bad they closed that one.

Ever since Benkei was opened, I've only been back to Kintaro once.

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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.

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Back To Basics
By gourmet152 of vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 2:27am [Dine in]

This is an absolutely no frills establishment. No decor, bad floors, and doesn't look like they would try to fix up the place. People come here only for the noodles. The noodles are very good, very chewy. The broth, well, if you don't like fatty stuff then definately tell them you want lean. Nothing creative about their menu either. Seems they recycle the same ingredients into different menu items with different names. I don't understand why they will not allow you take-out. Maybe extra food containers would be additional costs? If you've got the time to line up and want a good filler, then Kintaro would be a good option.

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I used to eat Mr. Noodles :(
By Bencze of Prince George (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

So I was in Vancouver at the end of August to visit some friends, and I brought a list of restaurants I wanted to hit in the 5 days I was there. Kintaro Ramen was the first on the list. Why? Because I'm sick of people eating Mr. Noodles and other dried crap chocked full of MSG and calling it "ramen". It's not frickin' ramen. I'm no expert, but I know that packaged noodles are not even close to the hand-made noodles in broth served in Japan.

So after arriving, the 6 of us went to Kintaro Ramen for lunch. After waiting in the long lineup, the waitress split us into 3 groups of 2 because the restaurant was packed. That was kind of lame, but what can you do? I ordered a miso ramen with medium broth, lean pork, and an extra boiled egg. When the soup came I was like "omg, it looks just like the bowl of ramen in Naruto. He even eats miso ramen w/ pork too!"

The soup's flavour was a lot more subtle than I expected. It wasn't very salty, and it was actually kind of refreshing. The noodles were also not what I expected: they were like thin, firm egg noodles whereas I was expecting more of a soft flour noodle. But after I got used to everything, it was really good. I finished the entire bowl, and man was I stuffed. Oh, by the way... they gave the extra boiled egg to the wrong person, so I mentioned this and the waitress reduced the price. I did try 1/2 of my friend's boiled egg and it was AWESOME. I'm serious. If you come here, get like 4 boiled eggs in your soup. You'll thank me. The price was unbeatable at around $9 for my bowl.

Maybe I'm just a lowly Prince George kid who grew up on packaged noodles of death, but I really enjoyed this place. It was fun watching the old man and the young Japanese assistants pounding out bowl after bowl of soup and not even breaking a sweat. Speaking of sweat, it was very hot in that place. The air was humid from all the steam and the soup itself was very warming. But if that doesn't bother you, I recommend this place.

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It's worth the wait
By milanelson of Downtown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

After reading the mixed reviews of this place, I decided to give it a try. I arrived at the restaurant around 1:30 and waited in line for a good 20 minutes. I ordered the miso noodle soup with rich soup base and lean pork meat. The noodle soup did indeed came with very rich soup base. I had to ask for a small bowl for dumping the oil and fat bits that I extracted from the soup. Despite the fatty soup base (I saw the noodle chef threw in what looked like chunks of pig's skin into the pot of broth), this japanese ramen is the best that I had in downtown Vancouver. There is a generous amount of corn, spout, green onion that compliments the chewy noodles very well. The thing that bothered me is the large amount of small bits of fat floating in the soup. The medium soup base that the guest next to me ordered also had these white, small bits of fat in the soup. If the chef could somehow extract these fat from their soup base before serving, it will make a better quality and healthier noodle soup.

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Not What I Expected
By seishin63 of Richmond, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 9:28pm [Dine in]

I suppose living in Northern Japan for several years may have jaded me to what good ramen really is, but I was a bit disappointed after my trip to Kintaro.

The service was fast, courteous and simply incredible. They were very friendly.

The food however, that left a lot to be desired. I had read a lot of the reviews here prior to jaunting off to find Kintaro. I took the advise of many here and tried the fatty pork. I had hoped for more meat and less fat. Unless you truly enjoy pork fat, get the lean meat. At least then you'll have pork and not pork fat.

The broth I ordered rich because I have always loved the strong flavors of traditional Japanese Ramen. I was again a bit disappointed. Although I ordered the Miso Ramen, there was little miso flavor and what flavor there was seemed drowned in the see of bean sprouts and corn. The noodles were cooked nicely though I'm not certain they were handmade as I've read.

All in all, Kintaro was an ok experience but now one that I'd travel out of my way for.

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Al-dente Ramen with Tasty Broth
By Tastebuds of Kits, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

Kintaro is definitely one of the best ramen places in the Lower Mainland! The handmade ramen is "al-dente" and the broth is rich and tasty(albeit slighty too salty for my liking). The menu is limited but it is sufficient. The ramen can be as healthy or unhealthy as you want it you be, ie. for your ramen creation, you can choose to have the lean or fatty pork, the light(ie. non-oily), medium or strong(ie. oily) soup. It's a hole-in-the-wall, but I find the open kitchen concept very inviting. Once you walk in, the wisp of thick broth brewing in the GINORMOUS stewing pots hits you and you suddenly feel like you have not eaten in 10days!! The price is reasonable and the quantity is generous. Service is quick and atypical of a traditional ramen place in Japan. Would recommend.

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Best of the best in Vancouver
By gemino of Richmond, BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

Like what other people said, I find this noodle house is simply the best one out there. (In Vancouver area at least, and yea even better than some from Toyko)
I like pretty much all their noodles except their "always sold out forest fire saturaday special"
Oh, don't bother to go there during hot summer time, you will end up sweating non-stop ;p But if you want good noodle, there is something you have to suffer :D
Oh, last word, their Richmond shop sucks! I live in Richmond and I have to drive all the way to downtown, guess you should know why already.

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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.

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Wondering what ppl think
By babipedes of Lougheed (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 18, 2006 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

Some of my asian friend told me that kintaro had the best ramen ever. And finally, i got chance to go there...

I never find ramen soup as greasy as the one on kintaro. besides the other item on the menu they have are (i'm not sure what's the name) slice of pork meat (lean or fat)... but damn both of them are fats!!

Place is so small and the waiter&waitress are too busy with themselves, and the smell of fat will stick to your shirt after awhile there. I dont think i would come back by myself...

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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.

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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.

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Delictable treat
By Nippon-Nightmare of Kerrisdale (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

Kintaro more than lived up to the endorsement I received from a friend. Kintaro is a busy (expect a line), you're-in-you're-out ramen house that makes some of the best soup (Japanese or otherwise) I've eaten in my life.

I had the miso ramen (their specialty) and my girlfriend had the shio ramen while sitting at the counter watching the chefs create. Both bowls of ramen were exquisitely prepared and tasted like heaven on earth. We both opted for the "medium" soup and will probably continue to order "medium". "Heavy" would be a heart stopper while "light", based on the "medium" would be too diluted. Know this...to make the soup "light", "medium" or "heavy", they strain some fat off the pork stock with a strainer and add it to your soup. Sounds gross, tastes awesome.

You also have a choice of lean or fatty pork. We both went with lean because we don't like a 3:1 ratio of fat to meat. The lean pork was tasty so we probably won't be trying the fatty pork.

Is Kintaro health food? Hell, no. Did anyone ever say it was? I doubt it. All soups are based on pork stock so any vegetarians adverse to pork shouldn't waste their time in line. Even the "vegetarian" soup is based on pork stock if I remember the menu correctly.

Some people think places like Kintaro have bad service...I think they have some impatient, intolerant or disrespectful customers. Kintaro has line-ups...that's the sign (usually) of a great restaurant. The servers at Kintaro were polite, courteous and friendly to us first-timers. It makes me wonder what kind of person gets into a grudge match with the servers there. We could have used more water refills, but that's not a big complaint.

We loved the food, service and atmosphere and can't wait for our next visit.

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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.

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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.

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Vancouver standards
By eatmore of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 4, 2005 - 11:09am [Dine in]

Tried many spots around town but Kintaro is the best of what we have here. Perhaps it's the overly poor quality of the other places that makes Kintaro so popular.
At least it's Japanese owned and run so there is a bit of authenticity in the operations.

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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

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The best in Vancouver
By lowawa of Kitsilano, Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 11:50am [Dine in]

I agree with the previous rater. Kintaro Ramen is undeniably the best in Vancouver untill you try the ones in Japan. I always go with Light Soup and Fat meat. They soup tend to be too strong for me so i always go with light, fat meat is a must have, the lean ones are simply no good. The service is okay average. There is not much atmosphere. The whole store have a sort of oily air which is the only downside. Good food overpowers all the other elements for this store.

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Food that make you sick!
By hohohong of Van (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 2:13am [Dine in]

Restriction: Min $6.95/person (ie: no food sharing), no togo container (so either you finish, or you throw away), no credit card,

I ordered the fatty pork with medium fatty soup ramen. Noodle texture is good, taste is pretty good. But the fatty pork is way too greasy. I felt like throwing out after the food.

My bro ordered the Cheese ramen,.... tasted like chinese preserved bamboo. He only ate 20% and coz this place doens't have togo container (literally), he threw away everything.

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