Honestly, I haven’t tried a lot of ramen houses so I don’t really have much basis for comparison. But one thing’s for sure though, if you’d ask me to go out and have some good ramen, Ramen Bar would be on top of my mind.
The branch that we visited was at Greenfield District. Not a lot of people probably know about this patch of green since it’s an enclosed area but I’m telling you, it’s a nice place to hang out if you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of urban life – without actually getting away from the city.
The Greenfield District branch of Ramen Bar wasn’t really that large but it was spacious enough for comfort. A good amount of natural light comes in because of its glass façade, and there’s a nice touch of Japanese in every corner. Of course, it had an actual bar, and this is where we had our seats so we can have the full Ramen Bar experience.
If it’s going to be the first time that you’ll venture Ramen-dom, I recommend starting off with either the Shoyu Ramen (Soy Infused Tonkotsu Ramen topped with Tamago, Naruto, Negi, and Chasyu, Php 280.00) or the R.B.S. #1, so you’ll know first what classic Ramen is all about. We got the R.B.S. #1 (Soy Infused Tonkotsu Ramen topped with Tamago, Naruto, Negi, Chasyu, and Kakuni Php 380.00), which was already large enough for 2 people if you still have some side orders.
I especially loved how soft the meat was – it was really tender and easy to chew. The soup itself just had the right saltiness and went so well with the extra-thick noodles. It wasn’t too hot when it was served to us, which was okay at first since I didn’t want to have a hard time slurping all that soup, but then it cooled off too fast that eventually it wasn’t as enjoyable anymore because it wasn’t hot enough.
We also ordered some Gyoza (Php 150.00) and Karaage (Php, 155.00) to go with the soup. Both were tasty, warm, and fully packed with meat and veggies.
If you know me that well, you would know that I couldn’t miss the drinks and dessert!
We had Calpis Soda (Php 100.00) to wash down all those noodles. This is some sort of Yogurt drink that’s imported from Japan mixed with what I believe to be 7-UP. Imagine Yakult but with a twist of soda – yummy! Another version of it would be Calpis mixed with water which is called – you guessed it –Calpis Water (Php 80.00). That one I am yet to try.
The only dessert in the menu was the Tempura Ice Cream (Php 150.00). I was actually curious to find out what it exactly is going to look like since it’s the first time I’ve heard of it, and boy what we got sure did not disappoint. Its Vanilla Ice Cream wrapped in tempura batter, garnished with chocolate flakes, chocolate syrup, and a chocolate stick. I’ve heard that the other branches offer chocolate dips where you can give those tempura-wrapped goodies a swim (yeah I make them swim), but we weren’t offered any – which was probably the reason why I didn’t enjoy those batters that much.
Aside from the good food, service is also a thumbs-up for me. We didn’t wait long for our food, and the nice gentleman who took our orders were able to answer every question that I asked about the food and the restaurant itself. Good job!
If it’s going to be your first time to try some Ramen and you want a good first impression, Ramen Bar would be a good place to start. Having your first Ramen dish here would surely make you be extra-appreciative of this Japanese specialty.
Ramen Bar Branches:
Mandaluyong: Unit 14, the Hub, Greenfield District, 1111
Contact Number: (02) 570 5377
Ground Level, The Venice Piazza McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio,
Contact Number: (+63 2) 961-1636
Quezon City (Magnolia): 3rd Level, Robinsons Magnolia, Aurora Blvd. corner Doña M. Hemady St., New Manila