Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

3
  • Food3.5
  • Service3
  • Value2.5
  • Ambiance3
  • Reviews33

Santouka Ramen

1690 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6G1C7
Tel: (604) 681-8121
Neighbourhood: Central

Reviews

Displaying 21 - 33 of 33 Reviews FoundSort: Useful | Helpful | Reviews | Date
Don't Be Fooled ...
By lovingmyfood of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 10, 2011 - 9:13am [Dine in]

by the portions. My friends and I were debating whether or not to try this place because the bowls in the window looked small. Needless to say we were surprised that we were full regardless.

Pros:
- Lots of toppings, they put it in a separate dish
- you can get a combo with bonito flakes on rice
- lots of choices, a lot of ramen places have a one page menu (granted double sided)
- you can get different kinds of meat
- very tasty (I had shoyru ramen)

Cons:
- it's expensive
- there's a line to get in a lot of the time
- shared tables and limited room to yourself
- my friend's MISO ramen tasted like Chinese chicken chow mein.....? and her noodles were visibly overcooked

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
High-end ramen in West End area
By Kaoru of Burnaby B.C (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

First time I tried this ramen place today, got the kara ramen. Overall the service and environment was good (fair, I may say), the food was not bad except it was more like infant portion (very small), and I just got couple slices of pork that most parts were just fat! The soup was nice and rich, however, a little bit too salty to me and too oily. The noodle texture was fine, no complaint about that. It's just the ramen are very very pricey...with the same price I could had gotten a lot more better food, I feel it's not worth the value, not sure if I will go there again.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance

<More reviews below advertisement>

pretty good but not great
By buzzmasta604 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

I have to say that the ramen was really good. The broth was excellent ( I never drink the broth from any noodle dish ) but I found myself sipping spoonful after spoonful even though I had slurped down all the noodles. My only diss is their really silly line up system. It wouldn't kill them to put up a sign or something. I was "guilty" of asking one of the servers to put my name down assuming there was a list. Instead I rudely told to just "line up we don't take down names". I would go again but only if there wasn't a line up. People complain that portions were small but for the quality I felt I got good decent value. Gyoza's my friend order was burnt but I didn't want to eat that stuff anyways.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
New favourite
By Ror of Yaletown,Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

After being disappointed for the last time at Benkei, I vowed to look for a new ramen place. My search took me to Santouka. My boyfriend and I were happy that we tried it. The broth was rich and tasty, the noodles were good, the sides were great, the variety of things on the menu made me want to come back for more. I'm lucky I didn't have to wait long, we chose to go after peak hours and were seated promptly. We will definitely come back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Not worth the price
By flowerde of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 2, 2010 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I already have a favourite ramen place, but there are too many positive reviews about Santouka that I had to try. First, the wait was 25 mins, then they forgot our side orders. We reminded them and so received them half way through our meal. The pork jowl was good, but after 3 bites, the soup was too salty for me to finish. My ramen alone was $14 - not worth the price!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
As Good As It Gets in Tokyo.
By Rocco007 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 1, 2010 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

Yesterday was my first visit to this brand new Ramen Noodle Place, still few days ahead of Grand New Opening. The interior was nice contemporary looking with Open Kitchen. Waitresses were well mannered.

I ordered "Shio(Salt)" as it was recommended by the waitress. I was skeptical about her recommendation because this restaurant uses Pork Born Broth and "Shio" can be very stinky if they dont make good soup.

My husband ordered "Miso (Japanese Bean Paste)" and our friend ordered "Kara Miso(Spicy Miso)".

It didn't take long to be served. I tried a scoop of soup first. OMG! It didn't stink at all. It's actually mild and flavorful. The noodle was perfectly Al dente. I tasted the Miso too but My "Shio" was the Best.

I was also impressed the waitress opened the door for greeting when we were leaving.

Tokyo is famous for Good Ramen but I no longer need to go back to Tokyo for Having Good Quality Ramen. I really hope they will maintain this high quality.

I love Vancouver! Thank you "Santouka".

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance

<More reviews below advertisement>

Average Noodles and Broth
By saintvlas22 of Vancouver (downtown) (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

After hearing such great reviews about this little place, I decided to try it. It's certainly popular, as there was a line out the door. We waited 15 minutes for a table, though we managed to chat with others who were, like me, quite excited to try the ramen.

Ambiance: A tiny enclosure is really the best descriptor of the inside. The 2 of us were really lucky to get an actual table in the very back, right in front of the glass where you can see the kitchen, so we didn't have to sit in the big long communal one at the front. It's very noisy and loud in here, though that's part of the charm, as having the chefs shout out Japanese greetings doesn't exactly make for a quite atmosphere.

Service: A little bit slow, with our waitress obviously frazzled. Still, she was good at keeping up as best as she could.

Value: A great value, and your ramen comes with a bunch of things, so it can be very filling.

Food: I got the ramen/donburi combo since I was super hungry. The donburi was good, though I wish the rice had more sauce to season it. It came with a dish of pickled veggies and a boiled egg; I wasn't fond of the latter since it was boiled too much for my liking, with a greyish yolk. The star of the show though, disappointed. I might get flak for me, but the ramen noodles themselves tasted like a well known brand of Chinese instant noodles, not homemade. The soup was also surprisingly flavorless; it was just too subtle, and I loaded up on the Seven-Spice. I also only got 2 slices of the pork cheek, though they were tasty as heck.

Overall, I was rather underwhelmed by the hype of this place. On a cold winter night, it's a reasonably priced place to warm up and fill up, but I certainly think there are better places to do so.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
WHAT A RIP-OFF!!!! Never returning!
By jazuresky of vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has the highest minimum order charge I have seen, and I have not seen min charge at Japanese restaurants! not even Izakaya or Ebisu, Yoshi higher-end restaurants. Each person has to order $7.95 of items!
The small bowl of rice was 4 dollars with only came with plain steamed rice with a few pieces of salmon which I can simply make by myself! The ramen was rather oily and salty and there was NO chewyness in the noodles. My homemade instant noodles tasted way better!
The portion and value was horrible too: Each regular ramen came with only TWO pieces of pork and 2 pieces of bamboo shoots? The side was only half of an egg and 2 pieces of pickles?! And the combo was $12?? The service was bad too as they had all kinds of restrictions for splitting bills like 2 out of 5 can pay on a separate bill and the others have to pay debit?
Don't even get me started on their English skills! I just don't understand why there are so many people line up for things like this. I will NEVER be back or that reminds me why I never eat ramen.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
went as a group
By james.van of van can (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

there were several places that offered chinese noodles and broth on the way here but this one had the lineup so we figured they are the best because my friends had tried about the new chinese soup broth noodle invasion. So the customers and all staff were chinese (and the lineup too) so that smelled authenticity. It was fairly cheap at average of $12 per bowl and the bowls were big but if you really think about it some soup and bamboo and 2 thin slices of pork at $12 is a big deal. Service was scattered so was our tip haha

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Oriental Roman
By Rene1 of Van, Can (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

I was walking by meeting my honey and walked in because of the lineup and busyness. They told me food is Roman and is noodles. I am not Italian but OK so I had a Roman. Roman I guess is Roman because noodles is Italian. Anyway it was in broth with some veggies and meat and cost me $12. Expensive for noodles in broth and not much meat if you ask me

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
WORST ramen in town
By fawong of Richmond , BC, Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2012 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

i've been to many ramen places in Van, but this is the worst i've ever had! i was so looking forward to the ramen since they have so many good reviews, but i'm so disappointed! the soup base and the pork are ok, but the ramen is so bad! even instant noodles can do better than this! the ramen has no texture at all!
the service is bad too. it was not busy and no long line up the night when i went there. when i was ready to order and waved to get the waitress to come over to take my order, they totally ignored me. they are totally not paying attention to the customers. i really wonder how come they can have so many good reviews with this kind of food and service and PRICEY, totally not worth it!
I WILL NOT COME BACK AGAIN!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
One of the Best Raman in Vancouver
By The_Mad_Catter of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 8:22pm [Dine in]

Finally got to trying out this new Hokkaido Ramen chain store in Vancouver. There were quite a few people ahead of us, but the wait wasn't too long. Maybe about 10 - 15 minutes on a busy friday night. I wish they would be more aware of who's coming in, because they don't come by and take down your name and party size. You stand in line, but due to the tight space constraints, some people sit on the seats by the glass while the others stand by the counter, and it mixes up the order in which people came in. People are generally honest about when they came in, but I can see conflicts arising if people aren't more aware of who's with who. They do take down your party size once you're first and second in line for open seats, but they don't take down names.

We sat at the bar and I got the special spicy pork jowl ramen. They serve the meat slices on a side place with some pickled pieces. There were 5 or 6 slices and you can eat them on the side or put them in your broth. The broth was pretty good. A nice comfortable level of spicyness with a full bodied miso base. The Hokkaido style noodles are good too. They are different from other ramen noodles though, and if you're picky, you may not like them as much. They have a slightly spongy characteristic to them, but I found the softer texture held onto the soup flavours a little more. The pork meat was very flavourful and tender. Probably one of the best pork cuts I've had at a ramen place. The jowl doesn't have the gelatinous fat stripes like the traditional chashu, but it is just as tasty, if not more.

The restaurant has a modern dark wood interior and goes on quite deep. You can't tell how big it is from the outside. They have one large communal table at the front left. Because all the seats are stools, you can't hang your jacket anywhere. They do have these large square cubbies where you can put them, but I keep my phone and wallet in my jacket so I just kept it on. Plus the cubbies were behind a table and it would of been tight to go in and out of that area. Also they had no hooks for women's bags or purses at the counter.

If you like ramen, I would definitely recommend that you try this place at least once. Also, be aware that it is a cash or debit only place.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Easily Best Ramen in Vancouver
By Eichi of East Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 6:59am [Dine in]

So I heard about this highly raved Ramen joint last month and I've been wanting to check it out but apparently they closed down for a few weeks due to some technical issues so I was left craving it for a while until I heard they re-opened recently and I had the chance to try it out a few days ago!
The ramen was awesome, I ordered the combo with the Ikura Don + Kara (Spicy) Miso which was just the right flavour as I know I can't take too spicy but this was just right! I also ordered a side dish of the pork jowl which was extremely tender and soft, delicious dipped in the soup! The noodles were just slightly overcooked but I think I'm nitpicking at this point. The Ikura don was what I expected, complemented the ramen really well. I also stole a piece of gyoze from my buddy and it was crispy yet juicy, which means it's good!
The service was very typical ramen shop-ish, they take your order and they leave you alone with a glass of water and a jug for self refill. They forgot about my pork jowl so I had to remind them about it, then I had to let my ramen sit for a bit while I waited for my meat (which could possibly explain the slightly soggy noodles)
The price, well it is a little bit more than pretty much every other ramen store in all of Vancouver but I guess they were trying to push out top quality noodle bowls, which still doesn't justify $14 for a noodle and small bowl of rice & fish eggs. My bill came out to just over $20 with tip which I felt was pretty expensive for this sort of meal, but I still gotta admit it's by far the best noodle I've had in this city. You also pay for the atmosphere because the place cosmetically looks way nicer than all the other ramen shops although you lose the traditional rustic feeling you get in grimier shops.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance

Images

Displaying 101 - 6 of 6 Images Found