Dinner At Santouka Hokkaido Ramen, Pavilion KL

I bet you have heard of the new section in Pavilion; Tokyo Street. With its section filled with Japanese goodies, restaurants and what’s not, it is hard to miss this part of the lavish shopping mall. Besides, I bet that the blogosphere is filled with writings about this place and the restaurants in it. And I bet that you must have heard, read or even tried the much-raved ramen restaurant named Santouka Hokkaido Ramen.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Well… as always, each to their own thoughts and here are my thoughts about it… and I’ll put it short and simple.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

The queue is known to be unusually long during peak hours with customers are willing to wait for their turn at the entrance of the shop. And this somehow plays against me (or my patience) as I, for one, never bother to join any queue of sorts. But the good thing is that the turnover is high and you might just need to wait for a short while before your turn is up.

The ramen dishes come in various sizes (small, regular and large). The cheapest of the lot, which is the small size, is approximately RM20 or so depending on the type of broth you choose/like. The service was commendable but it took awhile for the dishes to arrive.

Shoyu RamenShoyu Ramen (RM22.50)

Despite the ramen was being springy and nicely cooked, and not forgetting the decent portion for the small size, my only complaint about it is the ingredients that came along with the noodles. For RM22.50, I would expect something more than just a measly thin slice of pork cutlet and a negligible slice of naruto (fishcake – more like a decoration purpose than contributing to the taste). I reckon that if they are going to charge at premium rate, the least they could do is to give another slice or so… although the main stars of the dish are the ramen and broth.

Miso RamenMiso Ramen (RM22.50)

Taste wise, despite being a pork broth, it was alright although it didn’t really knock my socks off. I had better one like this one, which wins by a mile! Oh… if you are not a big fan of bamboo shoots, make sure you tell them ahead as mine came with it.

Chicken GyozaChicken Gyoza (RM10)

Since there’s only one slice of meat in the noodles, ordering a side dish became a compulsory option… for meat lover like me. The Chicken Gyoza (RM10) was a-okay but there were more vegetables than minced chicken meats in it. A disappointment? Not really since the skin with decently thin and fried to perfection but I’d like my gyoza to be packed with more meat.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

All in all, does it worth the wait for all the hype of it? It is a ‘No’ from me at least. The taste was just alright but the price is definitely not justifiable for the given ingredients. Will I ever go back again? I will… that’s if I have to. But then again, as I mentioned early, different people have different preference. What works for you might not work for me. It might though… if there are more proteins in the noodles. Yes, I love my dishes to be filled with meat.

Lot 6.24.03, Level 6,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Telephone Number : +603 2143 8878


  1. I am curious when you said you have had better ramen than this one, I wonder where did you have it? Yes, the price is a bit pricey by Malaysian standard but I have been to Japan a few times and eaten some of the best ramen there and this one is not bad. Ingredient wise, Japanese food does not load the whole bowl with meat. This is like you are complaining French food is served much smaller than American foods.

    My take on Santouka: soup and noodles are great. It is is pricey by Malaysian but it is about the same as you would get in Japan. I like to think that you don’t have to go to Japan to eat a more authentic ramen.

  2. BHT : Hi. Firstly, thanks for taking the time to visit my site. I would like to clarify that I did not mention, in any context of my post, that Santouka ramen is bad. The ramen noodles were nice while the soup was alright. That’s it. I was merely saying that it did not meet my expectation as to compare to what I had at other place. Perhaps, my expectation is different from others. Besides, it is just my personal preference/opinion and hence you should read it with a grain of salt. That said, they may be the best ramen in Malaysia but again, it is up to one’s point of view. :)

  3. I’m glad I’ve been to Tokyo Street during my last trip to KL :D

    just that.. I haven’t been to.. the eateries.. huhuhu.. but I’m sure i’ll have the chance.. next time.. hehehe..

  4. I agree with BHT. It is the best in town (very similar to the one you get in Japan – which is why people who know how to appreciate ramen will queue for it). The staff told us ramen pricey because most things are imported. But the side dishes and rice dishes pricing is okay IMO.

    And, one extra tip, go for the regular at least. For RM 2.50 more it has more yummy soup, noodles and 1 extra piece of char siu.

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