My friend and I went out to do a lot of shopping (for our kids) and eating (for us).
We had lunch first at Santouka before buying or looking for anything to buy. I just saw on Instagram a certain local celebrity dined there and she and her celebrity friends loved it. So I told my friend that we should try it for ourselves.
Since ramen is their specialty, we ordered from the Santouka Set Menu. We had the Small Ramen and Chicken Gyoza and Small Rice Bowl Set. It comes with a regular size ramen (we chose miso), chicken gyoza, small rice bowl, chawanmushi, tsukemono (pickled vegetables/kimchi), salad and hot green tea.
We upgraded our ramen to medium and just added P40.
The ramen (original ramen with kurobuta pork char shiu), chicken gyoza, salad and green tea were all good. We wanted to order a pot of their green tea but were told that it's not the same as what we just had. That the green tea they serve on their set meals are different from what they sell on a pot. When we asked if we can just buy the green tea on the set meals, they said no.
The chawanmushi was the only one we don't like on the set meal. It was so "malansa".
For dessert we ordered the Matcha Cake. It comes with a cold green tea drink. The cake was so good. It was light and creamy (in a good way). It was like an ice cream cake, but with the cream and icing not frozen. While the green tea drink was very bland and tasted just like water. When we asked again if we can have hot green tea instead of cold on our cake orders, we were told yes, but it's not hot just room temperature tea. So we just said never mind.
Would we come back? Yes. Even if we were annoyed by them not selling the same tea as that on their set meals and not having hot tea to go with their cake, we still like their ramen, gyoza, salad and matcha cake. My friend asked if they sell a whole matcha cake and they said no again :-(
To go I bought a piece of Mochi Cream Raspberry Mille Feuille Mochi Ice Cream. Apparently it's one of their bestseller flavors together with Green Tea. I didn't like it as much as Mochiko's Chocolate with Potato Chip and Cookie Dough. Maybe because of the raspberry in it that tasted like jam.