Where: 179 Dundas Street West
Price: $ (Ramen goes from $8.25 to $9.50)
Chef Michael Zhang spearheads this hot spot for salty, steamy bowls of traditional Japanese soups and ramen. He was actually enrolled in the Yamato Ramen School in Japan and worked the quick-service restaurant industry for 8 years before gracing Toronto with Sansotei
The tables are a bit like Guu in the sense that its communal style eating and you will be finding yourselves eating with complete strangers.
We noticed that through out our entire meal, there was a continuous stream of people coming in and out and waiting in line outside. Quite busy!!
Very simple menu with only five kinds of ramen, including their signature tonkotsu ($9.25) which is a pork ramen broth that is cooked overnight to ensure the perfect concentration of flavour.
|Tonkotsu Ramen ($9.25)|
I think this is the first time I've ever finished the broth completely.
For those who love and appreciate a perfectly soft-boiled egg, you will love Sansotei. They give you two egg halves (as opposed to one half at Kenzo) and its cooked perfectly - still a bit runny with its yolk leaking onto the noodles. So good.
J got the Tonkotsu Shoyu ($8.90) which was Tonkotsu broth with fish-based soya sauce. Very flavourful but it was a bit too salty for both our liking.
The zangi (deep fried chicken) is marinated overnight in soy sauce, sugar, ginger and garlic, rolled around in flour before being deep fried. Served with a simple lemon wedge, these small chicken bites made up in flavour what they lacked in size. Unexpectedly moist and tender, DELICIOUS :)
Overall: definitely coming back here. I personally like it much better than Kenzo because I'm a broth person, but J has stuck to Kenzo because he loves the noodles at Kenzo. Agree to disagree! :)
We recommend going there early because they reportedly sell out at around 7:30pm..!
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