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Monday, 28 April 2008



Talk about disappointing, considering how hot it was today I can't really think about having ramen any time soon unless the joint has ice blowing from its A/C vents. The Exxon Valdez is an understatement in regards to this bowl. The bowl of rice just looks so much like thit kho.


Santouka is my favorite ramen! Well the one at Costa Mesa anyway...


I think I'll wait a little longer before trying Santouka. I hope they get things right soon. Thanks for the review!



You're back! I can see that you really enjoyed Viet Nam in your recent posts...
Anyways, I went to try Santouka last week and I thought it was just "OK" ramen. The price for the ramen was a little deep though, don't you think? I think I like Shushengumi(spelling) ramen better.

See you later aligator,


Hi Billy - Yeah, I know what you mean, I had this last week, right before it got real hot.

Hi Du - Santouka is a favorite of mine as's just that I think this location needs some work.

Hi Carol - I hope they get it together soon.

Hi Tammy - It's good to hear from you. I take it that you enjoy the thinner Hakata-style noodles? I sometimes find the broth at SSG too "sweet" for my tastes. Just as with Santouka, SSG can be wildly inconsistant. Pricewise, it's pretty much in the park for ramen.

Wandering Chopsticks

I was disappointed with the Centinela location and much prefer Costa Mesa's myself.


Hi WC - I guess that all Santouka's are not created equal. I hope this location in San Diego doesn't share the same fate.


I just went to Santouka today. I must say, I had been really looking forward to this.

I had the Large Chashu Ramen. The diference between the regulard Shio ramen and the Chashu ramen, as their menu separates, is that the Chashu has 5 pieces of the Chashu pork, as opposed to the only 2 pieces of pork in the regular Shio ramen.

All in all, it was fine. Nice to have it in San Diego, but I don't think I'll be hurrying back anytime soon. I know that San Diego's own Tajima has long been described as "not being as good as the Ramen joints in OC and LA", but I found myself happily surprised that Santouka wasn't as good as I've heard it would be.

I found Santouka's broth almost too oily and rich. The flavor was fine, but it wasn't all that different from your average Shio or Tonkotsu broth. It wasn't like Tajima is serving frozen sirloin, and Santouka is serving fresh Filet Mignon, to put it another way. The difference is neglible at best, in my opinion.
All in all, I was expecting to be blown away, and I wasn't at all. Not to say that Santouka isn't good. It is, but I think it's definitely overhyped.

To which, throw in Santouka's pretty hefty prices ($10 for a large bowl of ramen?!?), the fact that it's in a crowded food court serving up cafeteria style, and I think it becomes even less "special".

Anyway, that's my 2 cents. I'll be sticking to the Tajima ramen with Stewed Pork. Cheaper and bigger bowls, made in an actual restaurant with nice ambience, and with the option to have a beer or sake with your ramen, not to mention the excellent sides, apps, and salads they have. Oh yeah, and that divine sesame ice cream and some green tea for after the meal.


Hi Mike - Thanks for your 2 cents, Santouka in San Diego is not as good as the Santouka locations in LA, yet...neither is Tajima for that matter. BTW, next time, could you not just do a cut and paste of your comment on CH?

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