Share a big bowl of ramen with your favorite food adventure buddy or have it all for yourself during your cheat day. These are just the best ways that I know if Ramen Nagi’s no take out policy is holding you back from trying out their authentic ramen. But whatever your game plan is, you’ve got to try out Ramen Nagi. As for me, I deprive myself on weekdays and pamper myself on weekends (…or after office hours).
I am sucker for delicious and pretty Japanese noodle soup dishes like ramen. It is in fact one of my favorite comfort food whether it’s raining or not. I’ve tried other ramen places before and recently I finally got the chance to see and taste why people go crazy over Ramen Nagi. It is an award-winning ramen chain from Tokyo which has branches in Taiwan and Indonesia as well. In 2013, Ramen Nagi joins the list of restaurants here in the Philippines where a bowl of ramen can be enjoyed. I had the opportunity to visit two of their branches. First was in Mall of Asia where waiting for 30 minutes made me even more curious of Ramen Nagi. On the contrary, my experience in Robinsons Place Malate was so much different. There were only a few customers so it was not only my chance to eat but to take better photos of the interiors too.
My journey towards having a great bowl of ramen at Ramen Nagi involves choosing a ramen and tailoring it according to my taste buds’ preference. They gave me a form were I could customize my ramen including the richness of taste, amount of special sauce, amount of garlic, part of the pork, choice of vegetables, and the texture of noodles. You have an option to have pork shoulder, pork loin, pork belly, or no pork at all. The level of spiciness was from levels 1 to 10, 10 being the highest. I chose 3 and it was just right for my liking. There are
a few items on their add on list – egg, seaweed, extra noodles, green onion, and cabbage.
I chose to skip this part and settled with the condiments available on the table. They have beansprouts, garlic, grinded nuts and chili powder.
Ramen Nagi offers four types of ramen – Original King (Butao), Black King (Kuroo), Red King (Akao), and Green King (Midorio). The latter which was an infusion of Italian and Japanese flavor was my first choice. It has Parmesan cheese, basil and olive oil with a rich tonkotsu broth. It smells like pesto and looks very unique in its green color. I’ve also tried Butao King and I think it’s a good idea not to skip their basic ramen. Both types were good! The meat and broth are very rich in flavor. We also tried their Gyoza and Sesame Cucumber. I now know why Ramen Nagi has been hailed as the best in Tokyo and one of the best here in Manila for me.
Ramen Nagi, Mall of Asia
Address: Ground Floor, South Wing, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM
Ramen Nagi, Robinsons Place Manila
Address: Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
Opening Hours: 10AM to 10PM (Sun-Th), 10AM to 11PM (Fri-Sat)