A ramen-focused restaurant in Harvard Square will make the leap across the river as early as May. Santouka Ramen, a Japanese export to the U.S., has plans to take over the former Mentei location at 66 Hereford St. in Back Bay, making good on its previous promise to expand to Boston proper.
Santouka is known for its selection of ramen, including shio, shoyu, miso, spicy miso, char siu, and tokusen toroniku. It also offers sides like soft-boiled eggs, rice, fried dumplings, and roasted pork cheeks. Its Cambridge location (1 Bow St.) is celebrating its first anniversary and has added a special hot and spicy Neginanban noodle to the menu, plus some appetizers.
This will be Santouka's second location in the Boston area. It has a number of other locations in Japan and across the country, including restaurants in California, Chicago, and Hawaii, to name a few.
The Cambridge Santouka is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
[Image: Rendering of Santouka Back Bay storefront/Provided]