When I was just a kid I have a dream of going to Japan just to taste different kinds of ramen that I can possibly find. Now, with all the emerging Japanese restaurants in the country we can still enjoy a nice bowl of authentic ramen without securing a Japanese visa.
Ramenagi is a Japanese restaurant that serves authentic Japanese ramen, dumplings and rice bowls. What I love about this restaurant is that you can customize your ramen the way you want it. Once settled, the waiter will give you an order sheet that basically asks what kind of ramen you like and how you want it to be prepared.
How to customize you ramen?
First, select your ramen.
Original King (Butao) – Award winning tonkotsu pork-broth prepared in the traditional method. Mouth-wateringly rich, fresh and aromatic; special handcrafted noodles and classic nagi pork chashu.
Black King (Kuroo) – Fragrant blackened garlic and squid in a silky broth with succulent chashu; finished with a ball of mined pork, black sesame and Nagi spices.
Red King (Akao) – A striking blend of garlic, chili oil and cayenne pepper in a velvery broth; topped by a tempting ball of miso-infused minced pork and special Nagi spices with tender chashu.
Green King (Midorio) – A fusion of fresh basil and olive oil with delectable tonkotsu broth in a truly unique combination; lavishly garnished with grated parmesan cheese and richly marbled chashu.
Second, create your soup base. You have the option to adjust the richness of the soup, special sauce and the garlic. You can also set the spiciness of your ramen.
Third, choose your toppings. For the pork, you can have either the shoulder or belly part. For the vegetable, you can choose between green onion and cabbage.
Fourth, select the firmness of the noodles. You can have your ramen noodles extra hard, hard, normal, soft and extra soft.
Fifth, add extras. This is completely optional but the more the merrier right? Turn your bowl of ramen into a party of flavors. Extra ingredients that you can add are Tamago or egg, Nori or seaweed and Kikurage or some kind of mushroom. You can also add more noodles, pork, green onion and cabbage.
Sixth, get your drink. The restaurant serves soda, juices and alcoholic beverages.
Hubby and I tasted their original ramen which is the Butao King. The soup base is full of flavor and very rich. The pork that we preferred was the belly part and because I love nori so much we added some. There are also flavorings on the table such as chili powder, sesame seeds, bean sprouts and pickles.
We also tasted their Chasu rice which is a Japanese rice cooked in special sauce topped with roasted pork and served with a delightful blend of soy sauce and mayo. It is so delicious as well.
Of course there is always room for dessert.
Other choices from the Menu
We dined at Ramenagi Robinson’s Place Manila branch. The restaurant is not as big as the one that I saw at SM North EDSA. Nevertheless, the place has a strong feel of a authentic Japanese ramen house. They have Japanese lanters, wall decors and the staff greet and welcome the guest in Japanese.
The over-all taste of the ramen is so yummy and very authentic. The noodles are so firm while the broth base is very rich and flavorful. The Japanese rice in the chasu was cooked just right. For big eaters the serving amount is satisfactory, but I think a bowl of ramen can be shared by two persons like what I and my husband did. The ambiance successfully mimics the feel of a Japanese ramen house. The customer service is well; our food was served promptly and hot. If you are looking for an authentic Japanese ramen, I strongly recommend Ramenagi for you.
Branches: SM Auro Premiere, SM Mall of Asia, Robinson’s Place Manila, SM City North Edsa, Robinsons Magnolia, Greenbelt 3, UP Town Center at The Podium.