All around the city, there are tons of Japanese restaurants that serve the classic hot dish of ramen. In fact, ramen has been all the rage for everyone as it makes for the perfect “treat yourself” dish. Ask your friend, co-worker, or relative and they’re sure to have their own recommendations for where to get your next ramen fix. However, beyond the usual ramen go-to restaurants are some underground ones of a more affordable price, with just the same amount of satisfaction. Put these restaurants as the next stop on your ramen adventures.
1. Ramen & Set at Kenshin Japanese Izakaya Ramen
Address: Ground Floor, The Linear Makati, Yakal Corner Mayapis Street, San Antonio, Makati City
One of the most affordable deals you can get for a full meal can be found at Kenshin, – a set complete with your choice of ramen and sides. You can choose whether to pair the ramen with karaage, gyoza, curry rice, or maki. The restaurant’s ramen itself is already a treat as its broth is always served piping hot, and is absolutely rich with flavor. Pick from their selection of either Shoyu, Tonkotsu, Tan-tan, Kenshin Miso, and Spicy Miso. One guarantee is that you’ll be leaving the restaurant with full and satisfied stomachs.
2. Sigekiya Ramen at Sigekiya Ramen
Address: Ground Floor, Commercenter, 1780 Commerce Corner Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City
Sigekiya serves a rich ramen with thick broth and a brimful of ingredients. While all the ramen bowls the restaurants offers is something that one would keep coming back for, their own version of Shoyu ramen, called the Sigekiya ramen, is an absolute crowd favorite. The chasu pork is grilled to a soft crisp, and is submerged among the thick, creamy broth topped with cabbage, seaweed, and other ingredients. Along with the other Japanese meals served in the restaurant, the authentic taste of Japanese cuisine can be experienced in Sigekiya.
3. Ebi Tsukemen at Tsuke-men
Address: The Grid Food Market, Second Floor, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City
For a new and different ramen experience, Tsuke-men is a simple food stall found in a mall’s food court. While its interiors may be overtly simple, Tsuke-men certainly exceeds expectations when it comes to making the most of your ramen experience. They deconstruct the ramen into two bowls, one for the thick noodles and one for the rich broth. The noodles are dipped into the broth which makes for a perfectly balanced taste to hunger satisfaction ratio. If you’re up for something out of the ordinary, we recommend the Ebi Tsukemen dipping ramen for the full-on Japanese textures and flavors.
4. Tantanmen at Tomo Japanese Dining
Address: 137 Araullo Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City
Along with its modern, minimalistic interiors, Tomo Japanese Dining gives its customers a more classy and intimate experience with their ramen. Among the number of Japanese dishes you can choose, their tantanmen is something customers must not overlook. The broth is extremely creamy, but matches with the meaty taste mixed into it from the tender chashu pork. Don’t forget to order side dishes to pair with your steaming bowl of ramen. They surely have a lot to choose from!
5. Araya Special Miso Ramen at Araya Ramen
Address: 107 Dela Rosa Street, Legazpi Village, Makati, 1229 Kalakhang Maynila
Tucked along a carpark at busy Makati’s Dela Rosa Street, Araya Ramen is a quiet, hole-in-the-wall restaurant that serves only a handful of restaurants. So, if you want to give it a try, make sure to beat the number of people who are also looking for their ramen fix at Araya. Their ramen is one that can overwhelm you with its number of ingredients and bursts of color, especially the Araya Special Miso Ramen. From the brimming addition of vegetables, seasoned eggs, and ground pork, it’s a meal that’s sure to get your energy spiked up for the rest of the day.
6. La Paz Ramen at Oyasumi Ramen
Address: Unit 3, 308 P. Guevarra St. corner Seaview St., Little Baguio, San Juan, 1504 Metro Manila
If you’re looking for some more flare and uniqueness added to the usual ramen bowl, Oyasumi Ramen is a restaurant that experiments with different ramen flavors. Its interiors are simple, monochromatic and minimal, but their choices of ramen bowls are definitely more playful and creative. We recommend taking the nationalistic option, and going for the La Paz Ramen, – Oyasumi’s Filipino and Japanese fusion which mixes chicharon, tamago, and barbequed pork. Come back a second (or third and fourth!) time to try out their other ramen bowls, such as Black Pepper Ramen, Lekei Ramen, and Kara Miso Ramen.
7. Butamaru’s Curry Tantanmen at Butamaru Ramen x Izakaya
Address: Ground Floor, Ortigas Technopoint, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City 1600
If there’s anything Butamaru Ramen x Izakaya has gotten right, it’s how beautifully plated their ramen bowls are. Already serving you mouth-watering goodness with just the visuals of it, Butamaru doesn’t fail to deliver a delicious and satisfying taste to it. Their version of Tantanmen, called the Butamaru’s Curry Tantanmen, is something all new to the palate. It combines a spicy peanut sauce and curry powder to give a thicker broth and a stronger, more distinct flavor. Added to that, their other dishes, such as gyoza and chashu tacos, make for great sides.
8. Unlimited Ramen at Yummy Tokyo
Address: 103 Maginhawa, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, 1101 Kalakhang Maynila
Yummy Tokyo puts a spin on the calming, hot dish by posing a simple challenge. Be able to finish five ramen bowls under two hours and pay only 399 pesos. Pick from their wide selection of delicious ramen flavors, including the classic Shoyu, Miso, Tatanmen, and Tonktotsu Ramen. The ramen is perfectly flavored, topped with pork, vegetables, and seaweed. Whether you win the challenge or not, it sure can still be considered a win.