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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka 山頭火

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
West End, Vancouver
121 Tips and reviews
  • ramen
  • pork jowls
  • gyoza
  • lively
  • authentic
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  • Gaston M.
    Well... supposedly one of the best ramen places in the world, I'm not a ramen fan but I agree, this is very good.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Neil B.
    Neil BruderAugust 20
    One of my fave ramen places
  • Gary E.
    Gary EngMarch 3
    Tsukemen is pretty good.
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LuFebruary 12
    Miso ramen was delicious. Get an egg!
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelJanuary 30
    Both tsukemen and shio ramen were good. We were here late (around 1030) so no wait.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BuhlerOctober 30, 2016
    Definitely get the pork jowl. The staff were all great too!
  • Angel H.
    Angel HernandezOctober 14, 2016
    Hot and Spicy Ramen with a Coke with Vanilla Ice Cream :D
  • Y S.
    Y SOctober 11, 2016
    Fantastic ramen. Make sure to try the pork jowl ramen, salt flavored. Consider 10 to 15 minute wait time before you get seated around lunch time. Crowded dining area with no privacy, but fun.
  • jua l.
    jua leeOctober 1, 2016
    The best Gyoza in Vancouver
  • Ainhoa C.
    Ainhoa ClèriesSeptember 15, 2016
    Gyoza and ramen were delicious!
  • Saibun O.
    Saibun OngJuly 14, 2016
    Toruniku shio Ramen and gyoza is perfect for lunch
  • Zach W.
    Zach WMay 14, 2016
    Pork jowl ramen was great. Very fast service
  • Allermanger
    AllermangerApril 26, 2016
    Long line ups for lunch! Make sure all the members of your party are here to get a seat. Washrooms are dirty
  • Arash N.
    Arash NarchiFebruary 22, 2016
    The Kara Miso ramen is nice and spicy!!!
  • Kaan C.
    Kaan CertelJanuary 27, 2016
    Amazing ramen, not to be missed!
  • Krystel S.
    Krystel SantiagoJanuary 19, 2016
    Everything is amazing !
  • Chiq
    ChiqDecember 30, 2015
    Worth the long lines! Miso ramen with toroniku! Would eat this everyday for the rest of my life! Recommend and will definitely come back!
  • Josh K.
    Josh KirbyDecember 12, 2015
    Pork based ramen
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CNovember 25, 2015
    Love their Shoyu Ramen! Milky, creamy, rich broth! Pork cheek is tender, melt in your mouth! Always a line-up... try off hours!
  • Toshio N.
    Toshio NabetaNovember 25, 2015
    Delicious ramen. Price was decent. Hard to find seating though. Try not to go in a big party (4+) during dinner hours
  • Nabil B.
    Nabil BazzariNovember 5, 2015
    Havent tried. Mubannad Darbi highly recommends.
  • Imran G.
    Imran GhoryAugust 2, 2015
    No vegetarian main courses and only one non-meat (seafood) option.
  • Colleen W.
    Colleen WongJuly 26, 2015
    Just get everything. Everything is so damn good.
  • Curtis M.
    Curtis MJuly 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Shoyu cha-shu with an extra egg.
  • Victor C.
    Victor ChenJuly 18, 2015
    Stopped by here randomly and it was packed. The ramen was delicious!
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    They serve tsukemen (noodles on the side) ramen.
  • Eldon K.
    Eldon KymsonMay 13, 2015
    The best ramen I've had outside of Japan. Ironically enough, it's a Japanese chain. But that's what makes it authentic and awesome.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MicheleApril 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Increased their prices since renovation.
  • Robin W.
    Robin WMarch 6, 2015
    Shio Ramen with a whole boiled egg added and some spicy chillies. Amazing
  • Jenna A.
    Jenna AndersonFebruary 24, 2015
    Excellent ramen. Prepare to queue but it's worth the wait.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MicheleFebruary 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the Kara Miso ramen, you won't regret it.
  • Dana C.
    Dana ChungDecember 8, 2014
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PapeNovember 23, 2014
    Back at it. Can't resist when I'm downtown.
  • Max B.
    Max Blue 🚴🍔November 21, 2014
    Probably the best ramen in the world. Definitely worth the wait!
  • Mingfei Y.
    Mingfei YanNovember 6, 2014
    Get the special Tonkatsu ramen!
  • Amy L.
    Amy LuoSeptember 28, 2014
    Ramen is excellent! They also have "probably the best gyozas in Vancouver" and they are pretty great.
  • Nina N.
    Nina NguyenSeptember 28, 2014
    Amazing ramen that comes in many varieties and in reasonable portions. Only place in Vancouver where tsuke-men (egg noodles ramen to dip in broth) is served.
  • Vinicius A.
    Vinicius AmorimSeptember 6, 2014
    The food is amazing but the service is a shit. I went with a friend we didn't even finished our ramens that the waitress was already waiting with the bill.
  • William N.
    William NgAugust 29, 2014
    I've had Santouka in KL and I must say that this is much better. I tried the Shio and I loved it. Go early to avoid the queues.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BAugust 25, 2014
    Not a veg-friendly establishment. I suggest making the trek down the street to Kingyo for some seriously spectacular Japanese.
  • Diana C.
    Diana ChowAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Kara miso ramen is the bomb!
  • Stephen O.
    Stephen OlsonAugust 7, 2014
    Great place to try. Read more
  • Shawn P.
    Shawn ParkinsonAugust 7, 2014
    This is luxury ramen. The shio broth is unbelievable. Get the large serving for $1 extra.
  • Amir N.
    Amir NFebruary 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Kara Miso Ramen all day... Make sure to ask for garlic on the side and drop some in. You'll like the balance it gives the ramen broth.
  • Steven A.
    Steven AndrejaFebruary 12, 2014
    The Best Ramen I have had outside of Asia!
  • Manny V.
    Manny VillalunaFebruary 1, 2014
    They serve the best Shio Ramen in town!
  • Jenee L.
    Jenee LiJanuary 8, 2014
    Get the pork jowl (pork cheek) topping -- super tender and yummy.
    Upvoted 1 day ago
  • cherie
    cherieOctober 26, 2013
    They now accept debit, Visa debit, Visa, and MC. Open 7 days a week, 11am to 11pm.
  • cherie
    cherieOctober 26, 2013
    They now accept debit, Visa debit, Visa and Mastercard. Open 7 days a week, 11am to 11pm.
  • Germany F.
    Germany FischerSeptember 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Toroniku shio Ramen is far the best Shio Ramen in town.
  • Sueigumo N.
    Sueigumo NgAugust 13, 2013
    Japanese soda is refreshing..!!!
  • Wei T.
    Wei TsenAugust 9, 2013
    Toroniku Ramen the best ramen ever
  • beetle T.
    beetle TangJuly 11, 2013
    Cha-Siu miso ramen was pretty good!!
  • Cris J.
    Cris J.June 27, 2013
    They already accept credit and debit cards
  • Cris J.
    Cris J.June 27, 2013
    Shio Ramen tasty but too salty for me. Kimchi was really good, just a little spicy. Look for Santouka sign, otherwise u will not find it
  • Dale E.
    Dale EvansJune 21, 2013
    I think it's one of the best ramen joints in Vancouver.
  • My Canada Payday
    My Canada PaydayJune 20, 2013
    The winter tantanmen is probably the best single food item in the city. Too bad it's not year-round.
  • Sudhir D.
    Sudhir DattaJune 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place usually has a line (especially on a rainy day). Not the place to come when you're already starving. But man is the ramen good. Almost as good as in Japan.
  • Alice C.
    Alice CMay 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come early to avoid lineups
  • Pauline
    PaulineMay 5, 2013
    Try the shio ramen it's the best ramen in Vancouver
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KuApril 25, 2013
    Great ramen at an affordable price!
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChenApril 8, 2013
    We tried all the cha-shu ramen and loved the shio and the Kara miso. They offer combo meals that give you small rice bowl with salmon or pork
  • Lukius K.
    Lukius KailimangMarch 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Where have you been in all my life? Go prior lunch or dinner rush!
  • Jacky C.
    Jacky ChanFebruary 26, 2013
    Get the shio ramen!
  • Sharif S.
    Sharif SharifiJanuary 28, 2013
    A small bowl will be plenty for most.. The broth is rich as fuck
  • Nada C.
    Nada ChanJanuary 18, 2013
    Toroniku is definitely better then the chat siu! But the miso soup base is very very salty...and I'm still incredibly thirsty :( didn't think it was all that great.
  • Benjamin W.
    Benjamin WilliamsDecember 31, 2012
    Absolutely amazing. No other words. Just go.
  • Dee D.
    Dee De Los SantosNovember 21, 2012
    Ramen portions are a lil small, but the broth is quite heavy and flavourful!
  • Jac Q.
    Jac QueSeptember 5, 2012
    The miso ramen is fantastic.
  • decky_2012
    decky_2012August 19, 2012
    Last year, I found this good ramen restaurant. And I've just been to there in this year. Very crowed and logn ques.
  • Dickson L.
    Dickson LeeAugust 18, 2012
    Have to agree here. Best ramen in town.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LamAugust 14, 2012
    Best ramen I have ever had!!! Can't wait until they open in Toronto in October 2012!!!!
  • Yumi A.
    Yumi AngAugust 12, 2012
    Very smart move... Summer (only) Cold Raman ready to go... Less waiting, and eat somewhere where it's not so stuffy and hot.
  • Adrian
    AdrianAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Tsukemen, so yummie!
  • RichelleMabell
    RichelleMabellJuly 24, 2012
    Shio ramen was comforting and delicious. Great flavours and nicely balanced.
  • Miss Â.
    Miss ÂnneJuly 4, 2012
    Exchange rate USD $1 = CD $0.90. They don't accept USD $100 or $50.
  • George C.
    George ChangJune 18, 2012
    High quality Japanese ramen place that has made it to the west coast. Pork jowl tonkatsu ramen is my weapon of choice to defeat the noodle cravings. I still dream about that tonkatsu broth.
  • Samuel A.
    Samuel ArakiMay 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    oh and get the Shio
  • Samuel A.
    Samuel ArakiMay 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best ramen in Vancouver.
  • Shelley C.
    Shelley ChenMay 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    So. Good. Their ramen portion is smaller than most other places. If you're still hungry, try their cha-shu rice.
  • Raffy
    RaffyMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They're kid-friendly! High chairs and kid-sized utensils!
  • Joyce L.
    Joyce LamMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Kara Miso Ramen with Green Onion Bonito Rice and a plate of Gyozas. Do it!
  • meru
    meruJanuary 31, 2012
    Shio Ramen was great! One of the best Ramen in Vancouver! They close at 11 pm and they only take cash or debit for payment.
  • Gladys
    GladysJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Toroniku is the best! I always add an egg. Unfortunately, Santouka does not do take-out.
  • Maria Beatriz R.
    Maria Beatriz RamosJanuary 9, 2012
    Gyoza is the best!
  • Jenny
    JennyJanuary 6, 2012
    No bean sprouts. No filler and thriller ;)
  • Kari H.
    Kari H.December 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    best ramen in town!
  • Jen L.
    Jen LamDecember 18, 2011
    Don't forget to add a perfectly boiled egg (or two)!
  • Ceci B.
    Ceci Bo BeciNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    No matter what u order, ur guranteed to leave with a happy tummy =)
  • Kennedy A.
    Kennedy ANovember 20, 2011
    Asked for nooo red meat and no onions .... Got red meat and onions. Was very bland. Nothing special. Not an enjoyable atmosphere. Ended up getting it packed up to eat at home.
  • Ed C.
    Ed CormanyNovember 19, 2011
    passes the clientele ethnicity test with flying colors.
  • Rick C.
    Rick ChungNovember 3, 2011
    Kara miso, do it.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChiuOctober 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork Jowl is the most outstanding thing on the menu.
  • Myreen L.
    Myreen LacsamanaOctober 26, 2011
    This is Vancouver’s best-kept secret. Shio Ramen
  • Jacob U.
    Jacob UngOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    #12 toroniku (pork jowl) shio ramen is the best! Try it!
  • Robert M.
    Robert McPhersonOctober 11, 2011
    I want to retract my cruel remarks I made earlier about eating like wolverines. They were mean and insensitive. Wolverines eat much better than that the people here. appolgies my woverine friends.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GatesSeptember 29, 2011
    best ramen in town...get extra pork! it melts in your mouth :)
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChauSeptember 25, 2011
    My favourite ramen in Vancouver. They specialize in shio broth, and the pork is melt-in-your-mouth tender.
  • Robert M.
    Robert McPhersonSeptember 12, 2011
    Experiencing souplingus sounds again. Stop with the slurping already!
  • Robert M.
    Robert McPhersonSeptember 6, 2011
    Best ramen in town. Bring ear plugs for all the disgusting slurping that goes on. Didn't you mother smack your head when ate soup like a wolverine?
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