It's finally opening day for Santouka Ramen, and the weather is perfect for cozying up with a steaming bowl of noodles. The Japanese chain officially opens the doors to its first Boston-area outpost today in Harvard Square from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Normally, it'll be open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.)
On the menu: four ramen options, including their signature shio (salt) ramen, which is "mild and creamy" and comes topped with a pickled plum. There's also miso ramen, shoyu ramen, and tokusen toroniku ramen, the latter of which includes rich pork cheek.
The chain was founded in 1988 in Hokkaido, Japan and now has locations all around Japan, as well as in California and a few other scattered states.