Kinka Family Expands to Korea

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TORONTO — Toronto-based restaurant group Kinka Family has opened outposts of its Kinka Izakaya and Kinton Ramen concepts in South Korea — the heart of Seoul’s entertainment district.

Designed by Seoul-based interior-design firm Danaham, both dining spaces features a full view into the kitchen and large dining areas with eye-catching raw wood, textured-concrete accents and stone walls. Joining Kinka Izakaya and Kinton Ramen together by the entrance is a large, lush outdoor garden bursting with fresh greenery, making the space the ideal tranquil escape from the city.

“Seoul is a leading city for hospitality and we are very excited about Kinka Izakaya and Kinton Ramen being here in Gangnam, which is considered the trendiest city in all of Seoul,” says James Hyunsoo Kim, CEO, Kinka Family. “We have taken the time to understand the market here and we have worked diligently to create a menu and dining experience that truly expresses our unique blend of delicious food, energetic style and warm, friendly service.”

Kinka Izakaya specializes in dishes featuring ingredients and flavours familiar to Japanese izakaya fare, while Kinton Ramen offers hearty ramen noodles in house-made umami-rich broths. Both concepts’ Korea locations will use the same marriage of incorporating local ingredients with strong Japanese flavours and influences as the Toronto locations.

Kinka Family owns and operates a diverse portfolio of restaurants and cafés in Toronto, Montreal, Tokyo and Seoul, including Kinka Izakaya, Kinton Ramen, JaBistro, Kintori Yakitori and Neo Coffee Bar.