Good Day Call Center Peeps! Level up this time! Food review naman..
I am no expert when it comes to Ramen(though my mom is in japan and not really a complete stranger when it comes to japanese food) and I am not an expert blogger as well but one thing is for sure that i have, “The Tongue of Commoners”. Commoners Tongue that can appreciate a food with its taste and value. I have been in 3 Ramen Houses in Manila and I enjoyed every bit of it especially after my long tiring and stressful graveyard shift. The only reason I have why I am writing this is because my cousin asked me to do it and “magpasikat” din at the same time. I am not writing this article just to impress people but to give tips and value for your money. I will be discussing, reviewing and rating my experience with every Ramen House that I’ve been in no particular order but of course the last one would be the best one:)
This tips are for Call Center People who wanted something new apart from drinking beer every morning after shift. Drinking beer in Ayala Ave with the sun is already mainstream.
It was a lazy morning after shift when i feel like eating noodle soup. i don’t feel eating Instant Lucky Me Noodles as it is already popular because almost everyday and almost all of us is already fed up with Lucky me Chicken and egg so I wanted to try something else, something that would spice up my morning. Naks! So I Googled Ramen House near me because I’ve heard a lot of things about Ramen and tough guys love Ramen.
1. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka (Ground Floor, Glorietta 4) Ayala Ave., Makati
Among all the Ramen Houses in Makati, I personally chose Hokkaido Ramen Santouka because of their promo that you can win up to 3000 GC when you post your picture eating their ramen in IG.(another marketing strategy but I was still fooled.haha).
I rated them 3.5 out of 5. My shift ends at 8am MNL, (for some reason I am used to write time with MNL, EST, CT as if MNL has different time e.g. Bicol time 8.01am or Baguio Time 8.15am. Just Saying!). Going back, I went out from the fires of hell (BPO Office) around 8am but this restaurant won’t open until 11am so I needed something to do to kill the time. I went to my previous company CVG 1 Parking to talk to some old friends and smoke my lungs out until 11 am. Finally, It is 9am! hahaha. 2 hours to go! I am sleepy and tired but my perseverance and willingness pushed me so hard just to eat this so called Ramen. I wanted to taste it so bad like a pregnant woman looking for a blue apple. (No offense to pregnant woman looking for that impossible thing). Moving forward. it is 11.13AM and they opened up the store (Definitely Not a Filipino Time).
Finally we were Inside, the waitress approached us with the menu and waited for our order(They are not so pleasing to look at and it feels like they are bored and tired of their job). They have 3 Sizes of Ramen so I asked how big is their large Ramen soup, the waitress walk away and came back with 3 bowls and asked me to choose. (Small, Regular and Large) I chose the Regular also known as Medium. after 7 Minutes, They served our order. Here’s the evidence.
I ordered their Best Seller Kara Miso Ramen for 380php and Tamago for 50php and my partner ordered the other Best Seller Shio Ramen for 380php. I would say It was good! The broth was tasty and pleasant to eat. Medium size bowl is quite big than normal, I should’ve ordered the small bowl instead. It was a good food for me since I was really craving for Ramen. The Pork Belly and other spices really stand out, you can distinguish the different taste of it. my partner didn’t like her Shio Ramen that she ordered or should I say I ordered for her. She said it tasted like an Instant Noodle from a Korean Shop with Veggies. Both of us agreed to disagree with their version of the noodle in their ramen, its like an instant noodle that was added with the tasty bowl of soup. Their place is okay. The Tamago and Gyoza was fine but it is not worth mentioning.
My advice for all Call Center Peeps, try Pares instead..just kidding! it was worth trying but not highly recommendable. and if your end of shift is 11am or closer to that time you can definitely try it out but if not try looking for another Ramen house near you, In my own opinion, their Ramen noodle(it was close to overcooked) should be improved and their people should be trained with better customer service(people from call center knows what I am talking about). 3.5 stars out of 5 for me. Haters gonna Hate and Santouka Lovers gonna Hate me. This is Recommendable to your enemy(one review says there’s a fly on their ramen)..
2. Ramen Nagi (5th floor SM AURA) BGC
They are the Internet’s No. 2 Ramen House but for me They are No.1 until you see the last Ramen House i posted. LOL
According to the other reviews, they should be the number 1 because they outnumbered ramen yushoken when it comes to branches and convenience of going to their restaurant.
Allow me to share you my experience with them, I was on a restday but got a little hangover from the drinking session with my cousin and close friends. browsed for food in the interweb to search for a good heavy breakfast. I saw a post about Ramen Nagi and reviews are great!. I Googled Ramen Nagi and to my delight there is a branch near me, 5 minute-ride or isang sakay lang (if you would rent a cab of course).haha..I took a bath and wore my classic white plain shirt and pambahay slippers. I don’t care what other people would say to me( I was still drunk! ). “Isang gusgusin na bata”
Reached the resto around 10am and I was surprised that they are already open with a handful of people eating. I thought, This Ramen House is something. They greeted me with “oshfashf-sen” I didn’t understand it and as far as I can remember the last syllable is “Sen”..hahahaha. I know it was a greeting. The Ambiance is very good! Very japanese, When I first entered their house, I felt like I am Naruto. It was very Authentic. Very Japanese Themed Ramen House as compared to the other two. a very pleasant waitress approached us with the menu and handed me a japanese pencil and paper (not papel de hapon..hahaha) for my order. I am surprised that you can customized your own Ramen, from the richness of the broth soup until the toppings, choices like heavily garlic or medium, onion leaves or cabbage, and the spiciness level of your food. it was great to customized your own Ramen but there’s also a recommendation from the chef. I went my way and customized my own Ramen with spiciness level 6! (I am a chef in my dreams). I ordered Red Ramen for 410php and gyoza for 120php/150php I don’t remember how much it was because I nearly forgot my name when I tasted their version of Ramen.(or maybe becuase of the customization I did that’s why it was so good!) LOL
Red Ramen is the best so far, from the richness of the broth, tastiness of the soup, their noodles is perfect(though i chose it to be slightly undercooked). The meatball and pork belly was tender, if you put it in your mouth, it melts like a chocolate and the taste is all over your mouth..All I can say is Perfect! 410php is pricey but every cent of it is definitely worth it. They don’t have any sizes, all you get is a huge bowl of good Ramen. Gyoza is also better than the other with all the veggies around it. I would recommend this to all my friends in the BPO industry but let me advice you first not to eat your lunch when you are in the office to fully take advantage of their large bowl of soup. You should be a hungry hippo to finish one bowl of it.(no take out available even the left overs). I rated them 4.4 out of 5 stars. There’s always room for improvement, since they are offering customization, why don’t they try a smaller bowl of soup for a cheaper price;). this is best until 5 days after payday.(people living from paycheck to paycheck will surely understand). Definitely Recommendable to those people working in BGC/Mckinley.
3. Ramen Yushoken (Molito, Alabang)
Most talked about Ramen house and the reigning king of Ramen in the Internet although they only have one branch which is not the that accessible for commoners like me, they still managed to be the king of Ramen. I was lucky to try it out with only a handful of people eating plus my cousin just brought me there to try it out after wake-boarding in Republic Wakepark (Nuvali). Based on their regular customer which is my cousin, people from all over the place really exerting effort just to try their Ramen, people from QC and other far places like Makati. hahahaha(It’s far from me).I was really intrigued as to how their version of Ramen taste like and how would it differ from the other Ramen I tasted so I didn’t hesitate and tried it with my cousin though it was “petsa de peligro”. days
I ordered their version of Tantanmen Ramen as my cousin recommended it to me and gave me a disclaimer that i would forget all the Ramen I have tasted and boy he’s almost right! I nearly forgot all the Ramen I’ve tasted but not completely. (sorry to disappoint you RJ) hahaha. Their Ramen is so good and now I understand why people from all places wanted this so bad. people who are willing to wait until they get a table or fall in line for hours. It was all worth the wait. we went there weekdays and around 4pm-5pm MNL so I was lucky to try it out without the line and the wait. Noodle is perfectly cooked and very tasty, it tasted like it was cooked together with the soup(No need for customization). Richness and Tastiness of the broth was amazingly surprising, It tasted like it was cooked all day to get that taste and when you taste it, your lips will be a bit sticky because of the richness of their soup.(as I am typing this my mouth is watering [tulo-Laway lang] hahaha).The spiciness is not much so i ended up adding more chili oil on it. After all the pain I got from wakeboarding, It was all gone because of their Ramen (not exagerrating). I was already awake for almost 24 hours so my body is already asking me to sleep but If I could just sleep there and when I wake up, eat another Tantanmen ramen I would certainly do that. They are no.1 for a reason. Gyoza is another thing, it was the best! From the wrapper until the inside(palaman) it wasvso flavorful that you can even taste every small bit of it. Their Ramen is great and perfect but as always there’s always room for improvement, like Convenience, it would be better if they will put another branch somewhere in Makati and QC because Filipino definitely needs to taste their Ramen. Waiting time is also another thing, it took almost 15 minutes to serve our food even though there’s only a handful of people inside their house(as compared to the other ramen houses I’ve tried-average is only 8 minutes waiting time but not a deal breaker).
This is very Recommendable to those peeps who wanted to try how good their Ramen is. especially those Call Center peeps near Molito Alabang, try it after shift and for sure you will not regret it. I rated them 4.7 stars out of 5!
4. Moshi Koshi (Not Really a Ramen House but they serve it so it is here)
I just saw this name keep popping out everywhere and saw that they serve Ramen so we tried it but disappointed, if you are a Ramen eater you won’t appreciate it much because their broth is not as rich as those in Nagi and Yushoken but for a try out food- it’ll be fine. I have tried their version of Tantanmen and damn! I was disappointed because I didn’t taste the creaminess of it, It taste like water with some “instant oil” in it to look like it is a legit ramen. Shoyu and Ramen Miso was for my family and they also didn’t like it as it was an ordinary instant noodles or should I say Korean Instant Noodles is much better, nevertheless their noodles is not that bad because as they claim it, their version of noodle is made right at the store on the same day. Their price is not that pricey which is actually nice. I rated it 2.5 out of 5.
5. Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen – (SM Aura – BGC)
This Ramen House is not even on my plan. It is just so happen that my kids and I were looking for something that could warm up our tummy so we tried it. The ambiance is fine and cozy, I would say next to Ramen Nagi, It looks like an authentic Japanese restaurant with all the woods and Japanese characters all over the place. Their service is worst and attendants were so lazy and lacks customer service. I have ordered two ramen for me and for my kids but they just served one and thought we would just split one ramen(though my kids couldn’t really finish one whole ramen but I could so we needed two) We ordered 2 Ikkoryu Original Tonkotsu Ramen with tamago and gyoza. Their version of Ramen is okay and nothing fancy. I would say their soup is tasty but not creamy, it didn’t even register on my taste bud that much. 6 pieces Gyoza for 150php is just right and surprisingly good. The pork belly tasted sandty and hard and other ingredients are not even worth mentioning. There is nothing much to say. Just a plain Ramen House and if you badly needed to eat Ramen and other choices are full, this could probably worth a try but don’t expect much. rated 3 stars out of 5.