Santouka – San Jose

75 Saratoga Ave

San Jose, CA 95129

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

On this visit to the south bay, we decided to try out a popular Ramen restaurant inside the Mitsuwa supermarket in San Jose. Santouka serves up a variety of ramen dishes at fairly high prices. The display case has visual representations of the various menu items available. A normal menu with more options is also available near the cash register. At this location, you wait in line to get to the cashier to make your order. Once you order, you wait for your number to be called to pick up your food. Various tables are available in the food plaza inside the supermarket.

Today, we ordered the Spicy Miso Ramen with Char Siu Rice Bowl as well as the Miso Ramen with Char Siu Rice Bowl. The Spicy Miso Ramen was a bit spicy, but not too bad. The broth had a lot of flavor and the meat was tasty. Unfortunately, there was not a lot of meat in the soup, and the pieces in the soup were quite fatty. The regular Miso Ramen was also very tasty, but also had only a few fatty pieces of meat. The soup was a bit heavy at times. The Char Siu Rice Bowl tasted good and had a slight sauce with the meat which went well with the rice. The combination of rice and ramen made the meal feel complete.

Overall, Santouka serves up delicious tasting ramen at expensive prices. If you really like ramen, you may want to give Santouka a try. If you do come here to eat, I suggest getting the ramen and rice bowl combinations because eating the ramen alone would not be too fulfilling. Santouka gets a high rating due to their high quality food, but prices still seem too high.

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