Kinsen Noodles' ambiance outshines the food

Style over substance in Uptown

To Kinsen's credit, the dishes look as attractive as the space. Service is attentive. The kitchen sources local, naturally raised meats. Noodles and proteins aren't over or undercooked. Then how is it that at three meals at Kinsen I didn't find as many dishes as I liked in one visit to Kindee?

Kinsen's pan-Asian dishes, like Curry Triangles, are all $14 or less
Sasha Landskov
Kinsen's pan-Asian dishes, like Curry Triangles, are all $14 or less
Pavlova: meringue with fresh whipped cream, berries, and berry coulis
Sasha Landskov
Pavlova: meringue with fresh whipped cream, berries, and berry coulis

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Kinsen Noodles and Bar

1300 Lagoon Ave., Ste. 150
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

Details

Kinsen Noodles & Bar
1300 Lagoon Ave., Suite 150, Minneapolis
612.367.4595; www.kinsennoodles.com
appetizers $5-7; entrées $11-$14

When I eat Asian cuisine, I revel in the way the sauces and broths are rich with layers of flavor and complexity. But many of Kinsen's dishes seemed flat, lacking in bite, stripped of their funk—no more nuanced than their counterparts in an American mall food court. Kinsen's cute tray of spice pots, containing sriracha, crushed red peppers, and Thai chili-vinegar blend, definitely helped, but I still never found the right flavor balance. As Kinsen's recipes continue to be refined—house-made noodles are said to be on the way—I'll be hoping to find a bowl that feels like it's saving me the cost of a plane ticket.

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