The entire store exterior bore a simplistic, boxy design. Void of colourful markings or patterns, it would have been easy to stroll by had we not seen their sign. The glass walls are a nice touch, in my opinion, as it allows passerbys to get a glimpse of the deliciousness happening inside. At the same time, though, I can imagine that it could also be quite annoying at times when sunlight is abundant.
Pictured below is the Spicy Garlic Pork Ramen with an additional egg, Age Gyoza (fried dumplings), Chicken Karaage, and the Tokyo Hiyashi Cold Ramen with the addition of Pork Shoulder.
As always, the full album can be found HERE, under the "What I See" -> "Food" section!
The inside of the one-person stall was definitely another concept worth mentioning - a mirror had been outlined in the shape of Kinton's trademark pig logo, with the restaurant's name also printed at the bottom right corner of the opaque section of the mirror.
Though the Spicy Garlic Pork Ramen did indeed taste garlic-y, while maintaining a mild yet exotic spiciness, it was also on the blander - but greasier - side. The egg, however, was an amazing sight to lay eyes on - firm on the outside, a semi-firm yolk lining on the inside, and a gold, runny centre.
The Tokyo Hiyashi Cold Ramen was essentially Japan's version of a cold, vegetarian bibimbap: Toppings were placed upon the noodles in a scattered, sectioned method varying by colour. The noodles were identical to that of the Spicy Garlic Pork Ramen, but were much firmer (not so great for those with weak teeth like myself), and were placed at the bottom of the bowl in a pool of what seemed like a vinegar-based salad dressing.
The appetizers / side dishes were extremely pricey, given the portion that we were given. The ramen bowls were considerably large, but we both agreed the price was still unjustified given their value. It was concluded that Hakata Shoryuken not only produced better Garlic Ramen and impeccable Pan-Fried Gyoza, it was more interesting to sit at the bar as customer interaction was definitely enhanced.
That is not to say that the service was lacking here - it was good despite the evening rush, but the chef did not crack a smile at any of the customers at the bar even once.
At this point in time, chances of returning are quite slim. But that's simply due to our preferences.
Kinton did not offer desserts, so we made our way down the street to Kekou Gelato.
Unlike a standard gelato shop, were the flavours are piled high in exposed metal containers and topped with relevant ingredients, Kekou had their formulas hidden in metal canisters submerged in a freezer. The reason behind this was probably since their concoctions were more prone to melting due to a lack of high fat-content dairy that is usually present in other shops.
After a long sampling trip, we finally decided on the following flavours: Green Tea Whiskey, Hong Kong Milk Tea, and Vietnamese Coffee. Even while pressed into the same plastic container, each gelato was distinct and absolutely yummy. It may be quite difficult to return to this small gelato shop, but I will definitely revisit to try out their other flavours if I'm ever in the area again! (Plus, the girl that helped me scoop up my order was so friendly and patient!)