I don’t know if it is just all the hype and I’m trying to hitch a ride on the bandwagon but I seem to always find myself craving for ramen. Must be all that blog hopping and reading. I gotta say that bloggers indeed have a way with words, and more than the usual television personalities, they are the best endorsers of late. Anyway, I just got to satisfy the ramen pangs, and this has led us to Hokkaido Ramen Santouka at the Mall of Asia.
The restaurant is situated along the rows of bars and restaurants facing Manila Bay. This is where the gimmick-goers go, especially on Friday and Saturday nights where normally, live bands are set up to play.
Santouka itself is a long, narrow corridor of tables to one side, and a small bar on the other. I don’t think they have a very good exhaust system as smoke tends to pool and hover over the diners. Parang nasa barbecue-han ka lang sa kanto. But it doesn’t seem to affect most of those inside the restaurant as they were just there for the food and their company.
Decor in general was a-okay. I liked the lighting.
And the food definitely live up to their reviews! For starters, we had the salmon salad although I had to dig deep and wide to find those elusive salmon bits. The greens though had that perfect crisp and bite. And Japanese mayo is always a welcome treat.
Then the best part came: shoyu ramen for me and chicken ramen for the husband.
If it weren’t that steaming hot, it would have been gone in 60 seconds. Very flavorful broth and the pork was oh so tender. You could almost imagine the slow simmer the ingredients all went through. I want more!
Oh, and the servers were all so nice and accommodating, they come to you the moment you wave at them. Makes the dining all the more enjoyable.