📍 91 Dundas Street E, Toronto, Ontario
I was hanging out with E the other day, she suggested to lunch at Hokkaido Santouka Ramen which was relatively around the downtown area as we wanted to check out Muji and Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake together.
We were seated fairly quick, and they greeted us with “Irasshaimase! / いらっしゃいませ!”. It simply means “Welcome”. I’ve heard from E that 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 is offered in both Japanese and English language. You can also customize your dish to your liking – by adding more meat or vegetables, with extra chargers, of course. You can also choose how soft or hard your noodles are as well, as E likes harder 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. Anyways, our Kara Miso Ramen came, and they presented it on a circle tray, with a wide spoon for our noodles.
The bowl of Kara Miso Ramen may look small but I was pleasantly filled up by! 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. The spice level is based on your own personal tolerance of spice, but it wasn’t so bad for me.
Hokkaido Santouka Ramen is definitely the place if you want a quick meal and that fills you up. It’s also 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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