Sansotei Ramen (Toronto)

Location: Toronto, Canada
Address: 179 Dundas Street West
Type of Meal: Lunch

Having two unsuccessful attempts to eat at Sansotei, I finally got a table after returning on a weekday for lunch (albeit still waiting ten minutes). For my first experience, I opted for the tonkotsu ramen ($9.60), which had a creamy soup base packed with pork flavour – whether you like it is dependent on your palate as I can see some may find it a tad "porky". Personally, I found it enjoyable, especially since it wasn’t too salty so could be enjoyed with the noodles. Thinly sliced black fungus and green onions added a nice crunch and freshness to the overall dish.

With a choice of thick or thin noodles, I went with the thick ones as they generally are more al dante. Sansotei certainly disappoint as they retained their springy bite. The chashu (roasted pork) was perfectly marbled with alternating layers of meat and fat that made it very tender; likely only second to Santouka’s famed pork jowl.

Sansotei's egg arrives still runny in the middle. Admittedly, I prefer a soft boil where the yolk is cooked through, but it didn’t detract from the ramen. If everything was a tad hotter, the dish would have been better as it cooled down quite quickly. But, the lower temperature appears to be how its traditionally served as even in Japan they were just slightly above warm. Perhaps, ramen places do this so customers can eat faster and promote quick turnaround. 

All in all, this is one of the better bowls of ramen in Toronto – possibly tied with Santouka.  If only the wait wasn’t so unbearable I can return one day and try some of their other offerings such as the shio or spicy versions.

Overall mark - 8 out of 10

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Gastro World's Grading System

  • Anything under 5 - I really disliked and will never go back
  • - decent restaurant but I likely won't return
  • 7 - decent restaurant and I will likely return
  • 8 - great restaurant that I'd be happy to recommend
  • 9 - fantastic restaurant that I would love to visit regularly and highly recommend
  • 10 - absolute perfection!

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