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

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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Kinsen
Kinsen

Anyone who brings in a copy of this City Pages article and orders one of the food dishes reviewed will receive $5 off that dish, regardless if it’s an appetizer, entrée, or dessert. We want to hear what YOU think!

Paperworld
Paperworld

Wait... They have been open for two months right?? That's like saying a two year old baby is not that good at walking, it can't compleat the alphabet very well and it's shite at dressing it self. Went there based on your review and nor are we critics, we found our dishes to be just what we went there for. Authentic, fresh, local, simple and at a great price. You need to let things evolve.

 
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