Cheap & Popular: Kintaro Ramen
This small eatery is located on Denman street (788 Denman) near all the bicycle rental shops. I’d recommend going for a bike ride after eating, but it’s possible you’ll be too stuffed.
The main reason that a lineup exists at this restaurant is because of the size. It’s tiny. There are around 3 places to sit: at the bar, at a table for two, or at a big communal table where you are forced to eat with strangers. This “stranger table” is actually quite fun to join. Listen in to other people’s conversations and try to avoid awkward elbow bumps.
The food is good, greasy and hot. There is only a small selection of soups to order from. Choose your pork either fatty or lean and make your sauce either rich or light. Vegetarian options are scarce and I have heard that pork broth is used for every dish so, too bad so sad more for me.
The prices are cheap but the lineup is long. I arrived at the restaurant a few minutes before 12 (when it opens) and already there was a lineup forming. It moves quickly though and you’ll be happy to note the number of Japanese people waiting. Because, if Japanese people eat at a Japanese restaurant in Canada, it’s got to be good. Right? Uh.. right..
Where: 788 Denman Street
How Much: $7-10
Why: Warm soup on a cold day
Website: Yelp Listing