The weather in the metro can shift from blazing hot to a downpour of rain, but no matter what the weather may be, nobody can pass up a bowl of hot ramen. It’s no surprise that ramen enthusiasts would wait in line for about an hour just to get a sip of spicy and savory broth with tender meat, vegetables, and noodles. If you’re scouring the metro for the best ramen spots, look no further. Here are some that will satisfy your noodle craving:
1. Mendokoro Ramenba
Address: V Corporate Center, Soliman, Salcedo Village, Makati
Operating hours: 11AM-12MN, Monday to Sunday
Price range: P350-500 per person
If you want to try one of the most talked-about ramen places in town, the Mendokoro Ramenba may as well be on top of your list. Unlike your typical restaurant, Mendokoro Ramenba is more of a fast-paced casual dining spot. Customers are seated at a ramen bar where they get to see firsthand and up-close how their bowl of ramen is prepared. Because of the seating arrangement, it’s safe to say that most customers don’t take more than an hour to finish their food. This serves as an advantage because more often than not, new diners have to wait in line for at least 20 minutes to get a spot.
While Mendokoro Ramenba’s menu is on the fairly slim side–with choices of Tokotsu Ramen, Karai Tokusei, or Hiyashi Chuka–these options have made them the talk of the town. If you ever drop by, try their bestseller Tokotsu Tantanmen.
2. Ramen Kuroda
Address: Branches available in SM Fairview, TV5 Mandaluyong, SM Manila, Eastwood Mall, Grand Canal Mall, Chinatown Mall, and BF Homes
Price range: P180-360 per person
If you’re looking for a tasty bowl of ramen that won’t hurt your pockets, Ramen Kuroda is your ideal choice. Their ramen is priced for as low as P180, but the cheap rate does not sacrifice the flavor. Their ramen options include Shiro Ramen, Kuro Ramen, Aka Ramen, Shiro Cashumen, Kuro Cashumen, and Aka Cashumen. They’ve opened several branches across the metro, plotted from South to North.
3. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Address: Branches available at Glorietta, MOA, Trinoma, Greenhills Promenade, Eastwood Mall, Alabang Town Center, Nuvali, Serin Mall Tagaytay, SM Clark, SM Pampanga, UP Town Center, Ayala Cloverleaf
Prince range: P300-500 per person
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is known for its authenticity. It’s flagship restaurant was set up in Japan way back 1988. It was only in 2013 when they opened their first branch in Manila. Selected branches have the traditional Japanese style seating. But what stands out about the restaurant is their ramen. Hokkaido offers original and specialty ramen. Under the original ramen, you can choose from Shio, Kara-Miso, Shoyu, and Miso ramen. Meanwhile, their specialty ramen include the Tokusen Toroniku, Special Iberico Tokusen Toroniku, Awase-Aji, Spicy Creamy shio, Sountaka Spicy Miso, Santouka Chicken, and Hokkaido Tsukemen ramen.
4. Ramen Yushoken
Address: Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Price range: P350-460 per person
If you’re after a ramen with the tastiest broth, head to Ramen Yushoken. They pride themselves in their tasty broth, specifically for their Tonkotsu ramen which features broth from pork bone that was boiled over 12 hours. Their noodles are also made in-house, which means they are freshly made and not just a heated batch. While their ramen aren’t exactly the cheapest in the market, they make sure that they serve quality bowls of noodles that any foodie will love.
5. Ippudo Ramen Restaurant
Address: Branches available at SM Megamall, Robinsons Place, Uptown Mall, SM Mall of Asia, and Eastwood Mall
Price range: P300-500 per person
Ippudo Ramen Restaurant is one of the more known choices for ramen in the metro. Their branches are conveniently located in malls. The worldwide known ramen restaurant was founded in Japan in 1985. They have since mastered the way they prepare their broth and noodles. Here, you can choose from Shiromaru Motoaji, Akamaru Shinaji, and Karaka-men.
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