TOKYO | Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is a ramen chain that has several locations across Japan, but don’t let this dissuade you as in Japan, chains are not necessarily a bad thing. The Shibuya store is open until 4:00am every morning (except Mondays), which means it’s a great option for a late night feed.
There are a variety of Hokkaido style ramen dishes on the menu, however we went with the one that was recommended to us by a friend of a friend with the precursor “make sure you order nothing else. Once you eat this, you will know what ramen means”. With a recommendation like that, we ordered the Tokusen Toroniku Ramen (Choice Pork Ramen) and waited while watching one of the cooks pop up every now and then to check on the simmering broth in large pots.
Unlike most ramen, this one comes with the noodles and broth in one bowl and the toppings in another. Just one bite is all it takes to realise that this truly is some of the best ramen around. The pork cheek is extremely rich, flavoursome and tender and the fat is silky and melts in your mouth.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka (Shibuya)
Gojo Building, 1F/2F
Telephone: 03 3797 3500
Mon – Sat: 11:00am to 4:00am
Sun: 11:00am to 10:00pm