After soaking up some sunshine quayside while enjoying coffee from Shipyards Coffee and some surprisingly good apricot bread from Cobbs (vegan btw), we got ourselves ready for dinner. It still being winter we had planned for ramen and stuck to the plan despite the beautiful weather because really, ramen can be wonderful at any time!
Kinton Ramen is on Lonsdale at the top of the hill. We considered walking from the Pinnacle Hotel but in the end, thought better of it. Parking was no problem however and free on the street. Love free parking! We were seated right away having arrived at 5:30ish but there was a lineup by the time we were leaving.
We started with the Veg Gyoza. These were deep-fried and served with a sweet chilli sauce. We detected maybe a touch of peanut butter in the house-made sauce. These were our favourite bites of the evening.
Kinton offers 4 vegetarian ramen types but we learned in advance that these could be served vegan. Our server was good enough to inform us that the bamboo shoots were prepared with fish sauce (which seems weird and management later informed us that it is not true...is someone confused?) and we were able to substitute something else. Mharie ordered the fat noodles which were fine. The fried bean curd was slightly sweet which was quite tasty also! A slightly peppery broth and some corn, wood ear mushrooms and green onions and we had a nice bowl of soup.
I ordered the Veg Miso Ramen with the thin noodles. Pretty well the same as the Shoyu but saltier. In fact, toward the end of the bowl, the broth became too salty. It's not like I have never had miso ramen before. Still, I enjoyed the noodles, tofu and wood ear mushrooms.
KR is a nice little cafe with pretty sharp decorative wood on the wall, an open kitchen and a nice high ceiling. For whatever reason, there were obviously too many servers working and they were desperate to find something to do. As a result, someone filled up our water glasses every 5 seconds. It reached the point where it was causing me to laugh which could have been construed as disrespectful....not intended. It was an enjoyable meal with too-salty soup that I'm not even sure is vegetarian unless your server warns you.
Food 3 out of 5
Vegan options 3 out of 5
Comfort 3 1/2 out of 5
Service 3 out of 5
Value 3 out of 5
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