This unpretentious eatery nestled at the corner of Denman and Robson is considered one of the top ramen shops in town. Kintaro has been open since 1999, serving hearty bowls of ramen to regular customers in a hassle- and fuss-free atmosphere. Ramen lovers don’t complain about the simple décor, because they come here for the fresh noodles and flavourful broth.
Guests have the choice of a rich, medium, or light soup, and either fat or lean barbecue pork for each ramen serving. Try the classic shoyu ramen, made with a special soy-sauce soup with pork-bone stock, and topped with an abundance of bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, green onion, and dried seaweed. The miso ramen—self-proclaimed as the best in the house—is a soup flavoured with a blend of soy-bean pastes from different Japanese regions, and combined with 12 spices. Make sure to come early during rush hour: its popularity means there’s usually a line of people waiting to get their hands on a bowl.