Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Shibuya

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.

hokkaido ramen santouka shibuya

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.

hokkaido ramen santouka shibuya

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

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka (Shibuya)

Gojo Building, 1F/2F
3-13-7 Shibuya
Tokyo 150-0002

Telephone: 03 3797 3500
E-mail: n/a

Mon – Sat: 11:00am to 4:00am
Sun: 11:00am to 10:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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