Date # 32: Ramen Bar
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Ramen Bar has been causing quite a stir in the local foodie community because of its promise of serving authentic Japanese Ramen. Moreover, it’s located in Eastwood Mall, so it’s very accessible to most people.
The setting is very casual, with the tables lined together in rows with no gaps between them.
I got myself a can of Root beer (P40). It’s cheaper than root beer in other establishments. They serve Pepsi products in Ramen Bar, although I wish they’d come up with some fruit shakes or fruit juices.
They serve their house tea on a small glass mug.
This is Douglas’ order of R.B.S. #1 (P380)—“soy-infused tonkotsu ramen topped with tamago, naruto (fish sticks), nori (dried seaweed), negi (spring onion), chasyu (sliced pork) and kakuni (braised pork belly).” The first thing we noticed about Ramen bar’s ramen is the presentation: the ingredients were topped on the ramen and had been arranged carefully to make the dish so visually appealing.
He said it felt like a fusion ramen unlike the original ones he’s tasted before in Japan, because the shoyu (soy-base) had some sauces added to it. The chasyu and the pork belly was beyond anything he has tasted before. He gave me a piece of the pork belly and I agree—it was lean and flavorful.
I totally loved the soup for its right combination of saltiness and sweetness. Overall, we felt that the entire thing was really good.
He had this Lipton Red Iced Tea (P50) on the side. It was well-blended.
Meanwhile, this was my order of Sapporo Miso Ramen (P320)—“miso infused with Tonkotsu Ramen topped with tamago, naruto, negi,chasyu, butter, and corn”. While I found the soup delicious, I admit that this is a ramen for miso-lovers because the miso base is very dominant.
I was taken by the smoothness and creaminess which the butter provided, and the sweetness of the corn. The chasyu was my favorite topping because of the tenderness and juiciness of the meat.
The bowl was enough to fill up one hungry Cammy.
The noodles were firm, with the right chewiness. Ramen Bar makes their own noodles from scratch.
The Fried Gyoza (P150) was just okay for me. It was tightly packed with ground meat inside, which was good—although the crunchy wrapper made it hard for the dipping sauce to penetrate inside the gyoza.
Overall Verdict: It’s a really good place for ramen, and I can’t wait to go back to try the other variants and the other dishes. This place is a must-try—it deserves the buzz it’s getting.
G/F Eastwood Mall , Libis, Quezon City, Philippines
With and For Love,
Rina Caparras and Douglas Chong
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