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Kintaro Ramen

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

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There's no other place for Ramen than Kintaro
By kudagawa of Vancouver, BC (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

Kintaro Ramen gives you the perfect combination of good food at a good price. It is the place I go to devotedly if I want ramen. The shio ramen is unparalleled - it comes with green onions, bean sprouts and BBQ pork. The place is kind of crowded and many times you have to share table with others, but I don't mind. A lot of people complain that it gets too hot inside but its like they say, you get what you pay for!

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Big woop
By doremifa of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 5, 2013 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure what the big deal about this place. I lived in Japan for 9 years and ate ramen often enough. I doubt if this place would be popular in Japan... I had the miso ramen. The Chashu (meat) looked like it was cut by a blind person. The amount of noodles was acceptable and the soup is oily enough. Not that much vegetables... there's really nothing special about this place that would make me want to go back again... and what the hell is that "Louisiana" type hot sauce doing the counter? Just another average tasting ramen shop.

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still the BEST ramen in town
By fawong of Richmond , BC, Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2012 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

Tried many ramen places in town, and this is still the #1!
the rich soup is awesome, although it is not too healthy. the ramen is nicely done and chewy!
service is friendly and promptly. although there's always a long line up, but it does worth the wait!
my favorite ramen place!

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Kintaro hits the spot
By jurassic_mew of Edmonds, Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 25, 2011 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

Luckily, there were only a few folks lined up outside tonight when we went to kintaro. We went very hungry and ordered the gyozas and vegetable ramen (the regular version and the spicy garlic version).

The gyozas were served promptly and had thin skins that didn't fall apart. An order of gyozas only has 5 per order, which is just right for two hungry people.

The vegetable ramen is definitely filling and not thirst inducing salty like their regular BBQ pork ramen. They try to ram as much sprouts, asian cabbage, dried seaweed, etc. into the bowl. The ramen comes with a boiled egg, which isn't undercooked or salted. Normally, our ramen order would include extra noodle, but the large amount of veggies were more than adequate.

I had the spicy garlic version of the vegetable ramen and the potency of the garlic is just right. It tasted better with veggies than it does with the pork.

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Yes to Ramen. Nooooooo to service
By sh0n of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

I've been a long time frequent customer of Kintaro Ramen - absolutely love the rich broth with the noodles and the fatty pork.

My last visit with the SO was a defining dining experience at Kintaro. We all know that the broth is usually made and simmered for many hours resulting in different flavors ranging from blend, normal to salty (I find the broth is usually salty which I love. However on this day it was extra salty quipped my SO. As a result we kindly asked the waitress for a hot cup of water to dilute the broth.

Here is the exact response.
Kintaro waitress: "Nooooooooooo - and proceeds to try and walk away"
Me: "Asks what kind of restaurant does not have hot water and requests for it again"
Kintaro waitress: "With puzzled look on face and responds by saying we don't give this stuff out and walks away"

I'm sorry but when a customer requests for something as simple as hot water, one who works in the restaurant industry can simply oblige. This antic plus the issue of the bill before I even finish my meal has led me to really question their service.

Go for the noodles. Stay away for the non-existent service.

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Why Settle for the Best of the Worst?
By miyumiyu of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

I find it hilarious that Kintaro is constantly reviewed as the best place for ramen in Vancouver. Kintaro definitely doesn't live up to the public opinion of "best ramen in Vancouver." I guess a muddy glass of swap water is still water when you're dying of thirst in the desert.

I've been here a couple of times now and I've never been impressed at all.

The service is what it is for a busy ramen shop, so I can't really say that it's bad, but I can't really say that it's good either. Too bad Dine Here doesn't have a "neutral" or "no comment" option. At least this is the only thing that it has in common with an authentic ramen shop in Japan.

Just for laughs, I've always mixed up my order varying the "fatty-ness" of the soup and pork. Every single time, I've gotten the same bowl of ramen. So offering up the "option to choose" is really moot point.

People rave praises about the miso ramen here and that's another laugh. Miso can kill the delicate nuances of a soup, but they can also cover up any faults as well. I think the miso ramen here falls into the latter category since the shio and shoyu ramen here are pretty bad. Pretty bad is when I can make a better bowl of ramen at home using one of those raw/frozen ramen packs that can be bought in a Japanese food store.

If you want to raise the bar and your own standards and have a bowl of "real" GOOD ramen, there are better places down the street or around the corner on Robson.

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Good and Authentic Ramen
By choweats of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

I've been here quite a number of times and find the ramen very delicious. The pork broth is nice and tasty with a strong taste. The amount of ramen in each bowl is just right. Not too little. I like the choices they give in terms of what type of soup you want: rich, medium, or light. The first time I came here, I tried the rich. Little did I know that it was really rich with fat on the surface of the soup. So since then, I've been ordering light, which is perfect. The service is solid, in that the waitresses always come and check if you still need some more ice water. But you do get the feeling that they are trying to hurry you up a bit. Understandable, since the place is quite small and there seems to be a line-up most of the time. I think that they do need to get rid of that big table by the window, because not a lot of people likes to share a table with strangers, watching each other eat, and don't know where to look. I enjoy sitting by the 'bar' stools where I could watch the chefs make noodles. It feels like those authentic ramen places in Japan.

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Oodles of Good Noodles
By happybelly of vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

The ramen is very delicious and worth every penny in my opinion. However, it does get very hectic as many people line up for their infamous noodles. The waitresses seem to handle the choas well, though, so don't worry about waiting forever for a seat. The staff is very polite and it is definitely one of my go-to places for a nice lunch.

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Killer ramen
By moiraboira of nyc (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

While visiting from New York City, my boyfriend and I drove by Kintaro and saw a huge line snaking out the door. The sun was hot - beating down on these poor people in line who could have cared less. This is the true sign of a good restaurant! We came back a few days later, stood in line ourselves but were seated quickly at the bar. I ordered the bbq pork miso ramen. AMAMZING. The broth alone was enought to make me die and go to heaven.
Thats all we have to say - amazing, well priced ramen, totally worth the wait in line.

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Must try.. Cheese Ramen
By boobun of overseas (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 1:17am [Dine in]

I find the Cheese Ramen very unique, it's an integration of the East and West. The soup based was very Asian, the noodles were tender, and the cheese was yummy. I really enjoyed the everything in that bowl - corn bits, seaweed, bean sprouts, CHEESE, and LEAN pork pieces. I find it the fatty soup base and fatty pork - with a wedge of solid fat is a little bit too much for me!! This place is always filled with people and usually a long line up in front of the store, I highly recommend going there in the afternoon (2-6ish) where it's less crowded.

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Tasty Ramen with Nasty Customer Service
By masakini of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 3, 2005 - 6:32pm [Dine in]

I used to go to Kintaro more than once a week to enjoy the tasty ramen. The broth ( I have tried both shoyu and miso both in medium) is also tasty, although it is very fatty (it's pork fat!) and hence unhealthy (I suggest you immediately do physical exercise to burn the fat afterwards). Other than the great food, I am 100% disappointed with their customer service. A certain waitress has an attitude problem and gives differential treatments to customers. I was treated very badly by her. No need to explain the bad service in concrete details, but after being treated poorly several times, I definitely will not return to Kintaro. In short, the great meal is not worth the highly unpleasant customer service.

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oishi
By mryellow of wherevergoodeatsarefound (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2005 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

this is very authentic ramen ! i go here at least 4 times a month, i will not eat at any other ramen house in town
very simple yet comfortable. open kitchen.
beer and ramen. ramen and beer

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