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Santouka

Noodle House and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Mar Vista, Los Angeles
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  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KMarch 4, 2015
    Pork Special Salt Ramen pictured here with Soy Sauce Egg. Couple dabs of pepper & the chili powder. Everything's proportionate & blends well. Next time: Pork Special Salt & Spicy Ramen with Extra Egg.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 12, 2013
    Inside the Mitsuwa Marketplace's food court, the signature shio (salt tonkotsu) ramen is excellent. The soy marinated chashu pork is as tender and sweet as pork gets.
  • LAist
    LAistMay 5, 2015
    Their renowned tonkotsu broth takes 20 hours to make, and comes in 4 different flavors, and you won't go wrong with any of them, but the shio ramen is their signature. Read more
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LokumkiattikulJuly 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the D! The broth alone was amazing, pork was tender and noodles were perfect. One of the best ramen spots in LA. Pork bowl was good too although the rice was a bit mushy. Can't wait to come back.
  • Betty
    BettySeptember 14
    Love this places. By far the best ramen on the westside. Prices are good for the size. Can get busy during lunch/dinner hours-so be prepared to wait for a table to open. Cash only.
    Upvoted Oct 24
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren PerlowDecember 14, 2012
    Shio ramen w/pork. I repeat. Shio ramen w/pork. Or spicy miso ramen w/pork. You know, if you want options. Order & then buy an Ito En tea in Mitsuwa then shaboom! Ramen's ready!
  • Teresa P.
    Teresa PhamAugust 7, 2014
    One of the best ramen places I've been to. An average person would be good with the medium size option. Large was a bit much. The miso ramen is really flavorful!
  • Jin T.
    Jin TakemuraJuly 2, 2013
    If uve never eaten ramen in japan, you'll love this place. Salty and spicy just for the gringo palette. For those who have eaten ramen in japan, you'll know this is train station fast food ramen.
  • Brad H.
    Brad HMarch 10, 2013
    Though I am far from an expert, this is by far my favorite ramen shop. Been coming here for years. Don't be fooled by its food court location. This is good stuff.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 10, 2011
    A big chain in its native Japan, Santouka in the Misuwa Marketplace offers some of the freshest, most delicious traditional-style ramen in LA. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 20, 2014
    Coupons in the Japanese ads in the corner of the food court (between Santouka & Mitsuwa office). Outside of Nijiya Market as well.
  • Christina T.
    Christina TomeJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place to get ramen for cheap! I love their miso ramen (spicy miso is amazing too). The combo is awesome, my fav: ramen + rice w/ pork. Downside: CASH only.
  • David H.
    David HeiserJanuary 18
    Great ramen! The pork broth is very rich and flavorful. Reasonably priced and not too long a wait.
  • Slayphanie
    SlayphanieSeptember 8, 2014
    What can I say, ermahgerd this shio tho, damn. Not even an exaggeration. If you get this ramen you will not be disappointment, it's so rich and fantastic, you just need to get this. Sets the standard
  • Kaylyn F.
    Kaylyn ForsAugust 25
    Spicy miso ramen is great!! My only complaint would be that there aren't many options of things to add in the ramen (I would have liked more veggies).
  • Suzy R.
    Suzy RyooAugust 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Cash only. Spicy miso ramen with salmon roe over rice. Best, most consistent ramen in LA, this is my opinion after trying 7 other spots.
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LiaoNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They don't do to-go orders, but you can ask for a styrofoam container and do it yourself. Take that delicious special pork salt ramen home to enjoy!
  • Starry K.
    Starry KitchenApril 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    They don't have the cold ramen often, but when they do and you don't want your veins to congeal w/ pork fat-liciouness it's fucking delicious alternative that's not a stupid salad LOL
  • Luke Kash Y.
    Luke Kash YunDecember 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    It starts slow. A craving here and there, every other month or so. Then it begins, creeping up on you ever so stealthily. You wake up one day sweating chasu broth & realize - You're addicted. Forever.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CabeenAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Although you may be tempted by the miso or spicy miso ramen, ignore these tempations and go for the salt ramen. The depth of flavor is amazing.
  • Soyoung L.
    Soyoung LimJuly 15, 2013
    Amazing spicy miso ramen. Best casual ramen joint I've been to!
  • Ken W.
    Ken WeinerNovember 9, 2015
    Cash only but there is a Bank of America ATM to the right of Hannosuke (on south side)
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine SMarch 22, 2012
    delicious authentic ramen and they have a small size perfect for me! love the miso ramen!
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    Before you sit down, cruise the market and pick up snacks like bento boxes and onigiri to go with your ramen. Read more
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrgelDecember 29, 2011
    Salt & spicy ramen. Don't forget to sneak a beer under the table which u can buy @ the market - be bad. Be yourself
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceNovember 19, 2014
    Try their mini rice bowls as well!
  • Jeffrey C.
    Jeffrey ChenAugust 13, 2010
    Make sure you try their #7. Looks like a normal shio ramen, but comes with special pork and toppings. Dump it all into your ramen!!
  • eeena d.
    eeena d.January 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Oh the joy of ramen. Ignore the long lines this will satiate your cravings especially on a cold rainy day.
  • Nitzan B.
    Nitzan BSeptember 22
    Perfect ramen and good combo options!
  • Johnny L.
    Johnny LeeOctober 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite ramen places on the West side. Cash only.
  • Christina C.
    Christina CaldwellDecember 5, 2012
    Best Spicy Miso Ramen!!! Even better than the famous Momofuku noodle bar in Manhattan.
  • robin c.
    robin chanJuly 5, 2012
    Spicy miso ramen and ikura rice bowl. Winning.
  • Luzma P.
    Luzma PlazaJune 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    OMG people the regular (salt) ramen is AMAZING...and that little side or rice w/ leeks isn't too bad either :) A must
  • Mireille
    MireilleFebruary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the spicy ramen with special pork and add an egg.
  • Tulani
    TulaniDecember 20, 2012
    Speak slowly and make sure you drink lots of water. Very tasty. Very salty.
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SlagelAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Ramen in all of LA as far as I'm concerned. Next best is Daikokuya downtown.
  • Royce
    RoyceMay 12, 2013
    Definitely have the spicy miso ramen and ikura bowl.
  • Giovanni's Old World New York Pizzeria
    Really good. Very different than shoki. Shoki still my fav!
  • Winnie K.
    Winnie KhooApril 1, 2015
    Fave: small miso ramen; skip: rice bowls
  • Starry K.
    Starry KitchenMay 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork Special Salt Ramen w/.. W/ SOY SAUCE EGG FTMFW.. Seriously, don't cheat yourself. Get it and LIIIIVE!
  • Stephen Y.
    Stephen YeeOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Mine as well get the regular. Bowls are nearly the same size and its a dollar difference.
  • Julian K.
    Julian KAugust 11, 2014
    Don't even need to think about it, get the Shio (salt) Ramen.
  • Salvador .
    Salvador 🐒November 7, 2014
    The spicy miso ramen is so authentic here.
  • Dan O.
    Dan OvedSeptember 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the side egg in soy sauce. Tastes great when dipped in the ramen
  • Changy
    ChangyJune 8, 2013
    Chashu Pork Miso Ramen
  • Michael Eric V.
    There's a printed menu at the cash register. Much easier to use than the isolated case.
  • Carlos C.
    Carlos CAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ramen is one of the best I've ever had.
  • Maynard L.
    Maynard LamAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    toroniku special pork melts in your mouth!
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceNovember 12, 2014
    Ramen. Cash only!
  • Josh W.
    Josh WilsonJanuary 7
    Salmon rice bowl. Spicy miso broth
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