It shouldn't come as a surprise that ramen is a heavily desired comfort food during the colder months - slippery noodles swimming in umami-packed broth has the tendency to impress the carb-lovers in all of us.
Sansotei's Markham location has been in operation for some time now, but it took me a while to get around to trying it as their hours are a tad odd: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 - 3 PM, and Tuesdays to Sunday from 5 - 11 PM.
Customers had a choice of sitting at the bar, in booths, or at large tables, and the chances of having to share that table/booth with another party were pretty high. This came off as an awkward and slightly uncomfortable at first, as sharing tables usually indicates the desperation to eat. "搭台" is not a concept that I practice, but perhaps it was intentionally implemented to evoke a sense of communal dining.
He later returned with a small bowl of white rice bearing two slices of plain Chashu on top. At first I thought that he was allowing me to see the preliminary product, and that other components (such as vegetables) would be added on afterwards as soon as I gave my stamp of approval. Little did I know that a "don" was literally consisted of only rice and the specified topping.
Albeit slightly soggy, the crust was thin and void of the disgustingly rich buttery-ness found in Western-style cheesecakes. The remainder was a lovely mix of tofu and cream cheese. It was evident that there was a higher tofu to cheese ratio, which made the cake a refreshing, light finish to an otherwise thoroughly greasy dinner.
There isn't anything wrong with this design, but it would have been much appreciated if the invisible pool of oil in front of the stalls had been cleaned up properly. While exerting upper body force to push the stall door inwards, my rubber soles almost slipped underneath me. Besides this small flaw, the bathroom was relatively clean and spacious. (There weren't any hooks though!)
That being said, I would not recommend waiting in line for ramen at this location if you don't mind travelling a bit further for both friendly service and top-notch creations. I understand that this variety of cuisine is scarce in Markham, but, as a customer, I do not believe that this is a valid reason for settling for a product lacking in singularity.