My boyfriend and I have been wanting to try Santouka Ramen for the longest time now and we finally made our way down to Robson to try their famously known ramen a few weeks back. As hoped, this place had exceeded both our high expectations and it was just as good from what we had heard from other diners. Surprisingly, the wait was only about 5 minutes long for us despite how busy we heard it usually is all day long. Not long after being seated, the line up grew longer though.
Without hesitation, I ordered the Shio Ramen ($10.95) which consisted of a very meaty pork broth. The consistency of the broth was perfect, not too thick but very flavourful. I had a great time slurping away at the broth! The sliced pork was very tender and less fatty compared to other ramen places. As for the noodles, the texture was excellent as it was chewy and moderate in thickness.
On the other hand, my boyfriend went for the Miso Cha-shu Ramen ($12.80) which had more slices of pork meat. However, he did not find his broth to be quite as tasty as mine, but rather salty. Overall, he still enjoyed his bowl of ramen as he believed it was one of the better ones he had eaten.
We also ordered a plate of Goro-niku Gyozas ($5.95) to try. The fried pork dumplings were pan fried to a nice golden yellow colour and the dumpling wrappers were thin in texture. The pork was very juicy and delicious to consume.
After trying this place, I believe I found my favourite ramen place in Vancouver. I will need to revisit this place soon to satisfy my ramen cravings! It is definitely worth the drive and wait!