Today my family and I had lunch at Santouka, which according to their Facebook page is “the legendary ramen brand that offers the same family recipe since 1988”. Located on the Ground Floor of Glorietta 4 in Makati, we arrived right before 11am – just in time for one of the servers to flip the sign from ‘Closed’ to ‘Open’.
At first we sat in one of the restaurant booths, but it was a bit tight so we switched to the tables and combined two to seat our family of four.
For lunch I had Tonkatsu (pork cutlets) with a bowl of white rice. I was glad to see Mango shake on their menu – it was deliciously sweet!
Both Manolo and my mom ordered the Tokusen Toroniku Ramen with roasted pork cheeks in Shio broth; Manolo had the Regular (R) size while my mom had the Small (S).
My dad had the Toroniku-Pao (melting pork cheek meat pao with teriyaki sauce), followed by some Kurobuta Gyoza (black pork dumplings) and Char Siu Chahan (pork belly fried rice).
Overall, I’d rate it a 9/10 since service was a bit slow (though to be fair, the restaurant WAS full by the time we had finished eating). I definitely want to come back and try the pork belly ramen in Shio broth though!