📍 91 Dundas Street E, Toronto, Ontario
As I was hanging out with E the other day, she suggested we go to Hokkaido Santouka Ramen which was relatively around the downtown area as we wanted to check out Muji and Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake. We, however, forgot about Uncle Tetsu that day.. ohwell, another time! 🙂 .
We were seated fairly quick, and they greeted us with “Irasshaimase! / いらっしゃいませ!” when we stepped in. This is not new to me as most Japanese places do that whenever new customers come in. It simply means “Welcome” 🙂 . I’ve heard this restaurant chain is big in Japan as well!
The design of the restaurant makes me wonder if an actual ramen restaurant in Japan is like that. They had a bar which you can face the chefs – for single seaters, and they had a slightly open area where you can see the chef pouring the soup into the ramen bowl etc. They also had those Japanese hanging door curtain things which are sooo cute! I’d love to go to Japan one day 🙂 !
Their menu has both Japanese and English dictation and you can also customize your dish to your liking – by adding more meat, or vegetable (some with extra charges). You can also determine how hard or soft you’d like your noodle to be (as you can slightly read off from the menu), as E likes harder ramen noodles.
While chatting and waiting for our ramen, we’ve discovered that our server could speak fluent English, Japanese and Mandarin – which was super amazing, being able to cater to different speakers. I wished I was super fluent in another language.
Our Kara Miso Ramen came, and they presented it on a circle tray, with a wide spoon for our noodles. For those who have not been to ramen before, ramen restaurants have the tendency to give larger spoons… I’m not sure if this is a culture thing, or because of the type of noodles (??).
Kara Miso soup came with char siu/siew (Chinese bbq pork), bamboo shoots, and some other stuff I never questioned about, but they always seemed to be in ramen places that I go to. The bowl may look small but me and E got so full right after… because I didn’t think I’d be full of my meal when I first saw the size of it.
The soup base itself was decently spicy – could taste the spice slightly but it wasn’t overkill. Obviously the spicy level is based on your own personal tolerance of spice, as my spicy taste buds are above average in my opinion.
Hokkaido Santouka Ramen is definitely the place if you want a quick meal and that fills you up – great for Ryerson University students as this ramen stop is about a 5 minute walk from the university. However, considering the space they have, I wouldn’t go with a big group to Santouka.
Till next time, ♥
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