Montreal’s Japanese noodle scene is expanding, as Kinton Ramen is set to add two more locations in the coming months.
The Toronto import has been open on Bishop Street for a little over two years, serving a mix of classic versions of pork and chicken ramen, alongside its own twists on the Japanese noodle and soup dish, like karaage (fried chicken) ramen, a cold noodle ramen “salad”, and a burnt miso option.
A representative for the company confirms that Kinton will be opening in Côte-des-Neiges in July, at 5216 Côte-des-Neiges, a former location for Armenian pizza chain Arouch. The second location is slated for September in Westmount, at 4090 Sainte-Catherine W, near Atwater metro station.
While not every Toronto business that attempts to set up shop in Montreal is a success, Kinton has fared relatively well since its arrival in 2016, offering a solid ramen on a scene that’s not exactly overloaded with options for the dish. Plus, the company behind it already have solid experience on the ground in Montreal beforehand — Kinton is part of the Kinka Family restaurant group, and opened Kinka Izakaya in the Faubourg Ste-Catherine back in 2014. The restaurant continues to serve plenty of Japanese snacks and beers to the Shaughnessy Village crowds today.
Kinton Ramen now counts nine locations in Ontario, as well as one in Japan and two in South Korea.