Daily: 11:00 - 22:00
Last order by 21:45.
Located in Central, Santouka is a Japanese ramen restaurant renowned for its Hokkaido-style ramen and pork cheek.
This still remains as my favourite ramian restaurant in Singapore. A soup base is essential to a bowl of ramian. If its good, then that bowl of ramian can definitely win a lot of consumers’ heart. I must admit that I am biased towards tonkotsu ramian which originates from Kyushu. Other soup bases, such as miso and shio, are too salty to my liking. Santouka serves tonkotsu ramian whose soup is the best I found in Singapore so far. But I find the noodles too thick to my liking. Another popular item which is not to be missed is their pork cheek which has limited servings each day. I find its texture similar to their cha shu but it is soft and tender. Santouka is small and hence not a place for get-together chit-chat session. A set meal which consist of ramian, a don and a salad can fetch up to $20+. Service is prompt in Santouka and if you bring bag along, waitress will provide a basket for you to place your bag instead of leaving it on the floor.
I used a coupon from JPassport to get a great meal for cheap. The Iberico pork was delicious and the ramen noodles were springy and with perfect bite. The shio soup base was a bit too salty but had the richness and depth of flavor that we look for in ramen soups. Overall the experience was positive!