It’s the last Friday of the month, meaning it’s time for Critical Mass. After having been promised treats, the girls agreed to join me on a blisteringly hot afternoon. Here we are having an early dinner at Kinton Ramen.
The girls shared a miso ramen with extra noodles, and I had a shio ramen. This place has only been open officially for a week. Despite the coasters promising beer, they are not yet licensed. In comparison to the last time I was here, it was interesting to note that the diced red onion was gone from the miso ramen. Also I noticed that the front patio was gone; apparently it fell afoul of some city bylaw. There has also been some discussion in various reviews about the tardy service, and so this time I paid attention to the clock. We arrived around 5:20, and we got seated right away at the communal table at the back. It took about 25 minutes from when we sat down until we got our food, which was a little slow for a noodle place, but not as bad as some others have experienced. The fried chicken (karaage) was not as good as at the Guu Sakabar. The girls gave the ramen two thumbs up. The older one commented that she really liked the noodles, but the soup was better at Ajisen (translation: the soup was saltier at Ajisen, which is the way she likes it). I prefer Kinton as I’ve said before. I liked the Miso from last time a little better than the shio broth. I also didn’t notice the diced pork belly as part of the soup last time.
Next we rode up to the start of Critical Mass. As to be expected on such a beautiful day, there was a fair sized crowd. A littke extra buzz was supplied by people distributing leaflets to promote the saving of the Jarvis Bike Lanes, as well as the Bells on Bloor Ride.
The older one on her nice Opus Rambler.
Good to see so many familiar faces out tonight, for what feels like the real launch of Bike Month.