4240 Kearney Mesa Rd. #119
San Diego, CA 92111
Located in Mitsuwa Food Court
What's a ramen trip to San Diego without visiting its newest, most highly anticipated, excessively hyped and much overrated ramen-ya that we all have come to love (and hate) over the years? That's right. I'm talking about Santouka--everybody's favorite food court ramen-ya.
Fresh off my Santa Monica visit, this might serve as a good comparison for those that are curious. As you may remember, I was quite impressed with the West LA location and couldn't believe how much better it tasted when compared to Torrance or Costa Mesa. And now I was more than excited to finally complete the last piece of Santouka's California puzzle.
Shio Ramen: I skipped the Toroniku today (to save stomach space) and ordered just the signature Shio Ramen. After a quick 10 minute wait, I was carefully balancing my bowl while searching for a seat. Sigh...Never being much of a Santouka fan, I was secretly hoping to have good things to say today. Unfortunately, this Shio Ramen was extremely disappointing. The soup was nowhere near its piping-hot-capability, the thin layer of oil to trap the heat was non-existent, and the noodles were frightfully undercooked, revealing a more-than-normal starchy disaster. I think I'll blame it on the day or because the place is new...sort of (it's been open since April).
Just looking at the noodles makes my stomach tremor. Something was definitely not right! But just to say anything positive, the ume was awesome!!...haha.
I'm still very happy that Santouka finally made it down to San Diego. There's no doubt they need it and I'm sure that it will improve in time. I'll be back, you can be sure of that!
Open 7 days/week