There is still a ramen craze in Metro Manila and this is not surprising considering the many good quality restaurants specializing in ramen that have sprouted around the metropolis as well as in other major cities. Many Filipinos like to eat Japanese food and that includes not just ramen but also sushi and sashimi. Popular, too, are katsu restaurants with the likes of Yabu and Ginza Bairin typically full during lunch and dinner times.
I finally got to eat at one of the highly recommended restaurants, Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, one time that we were at a posh new mall in Fort Bonifacio to watch Captain America 2. We had procrastinated about watching the movie for some time and we ended up at the mall as it is one of the few that still screened the movie. As the film was to be shown early afternoon, we looked for a place where could have early lunch. Spotting the ramen restaurant and noting that we haven't had good ramen for some time now, we decided eat there.
|Place mat, chopsticks and napkin|
|One of the restaurant's signature tonkotsu ramen and gyoza|
Their tonkotsu ramen was really good and I dare say as good as the ramen served at restaurants I've been to in Japan. They serve the ramen just so it is not scalding hot and they do ask their customers how they want their noodles to be. We like it normal rather than a bit firm. Soggy noodles is a no-no. There is another branch of Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen in the area, which I discovered last night as I ventured out to have dinner at Bonifacio High Street. I ended up there and had a good ramen dinner to satisfy my appetite after a busy day at the office.-