There’s nothing quite as comforting as a good bowl of ramen at any time of the day. Luckily, there is a slew of authentic ramen spots in the metro, whether you’re seeking out the savory flavors of shoyu or a hearty serving of miso. The next time you’re in the mood for tasty Japanese broth, check out our picks of some of the best ramen in Metro Manila.
A popular ramen place, Mendokoro Ramenba features a simple but masterful menu. The crowd-favorite is the classic Shoyu Ramen that packs a flavorful punch with 20 different ingredients. The Miso Ramen is also hailed for its homemade miso paste and complex flavors. Take-home ramen kits are also available for ramen lovers who want a steaming bowl at home.
A world-renowned ramen brand from Fukuoka, Japan, Ippudo specializes in tonkotsu-based (boiled pork bone broth) ramen. Rich pork flavors and thin Hakata-style noodles combine for a winning ramen experience in Metro Manila. Popular options on the Ippudo menu include the Akamaru Shinaji and the spicier Karaka-Men. Delivery is also available via Viber.
Branches: SM Megamall, Robinson’s Place Manila, Eastwood City, SM Mall of Asia, Uptown Mall BGC, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Powerplant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Ayala 30th, Robinsons Manila
Website: https://www.ippudoph.com, Facebook, Instagram
If you’re the type of diner who loves customizing your orders, you’ll love Ramen Nagi. The global ramen brand offers highly customizable ramen bowls, so you can get the exact broth, sauce, noodle firmness, and toppings that you want. For many Ramen Nagi loyalists, the original Butao King is unbeatable. Delivery of freshly made ramen is also available.
Branches: Alabang Town Center, Ayala Malls Feliz, Ayala Malls 30th, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Eastwood, Glorietta, Greenbelt, Greenhills, One Bonifacio, Robinsons Ermita, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Magnolia, Signa Residences, SM Aura, SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Trinoma, UP Town Center
Website: https://ramennagi.com.ph, Facebook, Instagram
A franchise established in Shinjuku by ramen master Makoto Okazaki, Tongara Ramen is a low-key ramen place that serves some of the best and most authentic “tongara” around, a unique ramen that combines tonkotsu (pork bone) broth and torigara (chicken bone) broth for fuller and richer flavors. The restaurant’s signature Tongara Ramen is a must-try, now available in the Philippines at branches in Cebu and Marikina.
An intimate 12-seater izakaya in BF Homes, Mensakaba Geishu is one of the best places in the South for an authentic bowl of ramen. While the interiors are basic, every bowl in this ramen house is worth trying. But if it’s your first time here, some of the must-try options are the Miso Ramen or the Tantanmen.
Address: 349 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Many Japanese food lovers swear by the globally renowned Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, a legendary ramen house with a family recipe that dates back to 1988. The original Santouka Shio Ramen is a certified fan favorite, while the Kara-Miso will delight anyone who loves all things spicy. Delivery is also available.
Branches: Ayala Cloverleaf, Trinoma, Ayala Feliz, Greenhills, U.P. Town Center, Glorietta, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, and Evia Lifestyle Center
Website: https://www.santouka.co.jp/en/shop-foreign/philippines/foreign07-001, Facebook
Ramen Ron is the new iteration of Ukokkei Ramen Ron that was popular among metro folk before the ramen craze even hit Manila. Fans of the iconic ramen joint can now order yummy ready-to-eat ramen bowls, ramen kits, and other Japanese favorites from this newly launched brand. A tip: the Tantanmen Ramen is a definite highlight! A physical Ramen Ron restaurant is still in the works and is slated to open its doors in Rockwell, Makati by late 2021.
Have we missed a few of your favorites? There are so many amazing ramen joints in the metro—and sampling them all is a mission that’s always a gastronomic pleasure! Pair your steaming bowl of ramen with yummy refreshments and treat the fam to Moonleaf Tea Shop, now available for delivery online.
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*Featured photo via Mendokoro Ramenba, Tongara Ramen, Ramen Santouka PH, and Ramen Ron Facebook pages