Cheesy Lovers, This Ramen is For You!


Is it cheesier than a tv love story? Taste it to find out!

Whether you need some heat to keep you warm on a cold night or something good to take your mind off the smoldering heat, a bowl of ramen is always the answer.

This classic Japanese soup and noodles dish is a staple that has gone down history, with a variety of traditional ways to create them. But being such a diverse dish, the addition of the not-so-usual ingredients is where things get exciting!

Wild Cheese Curry King from Ramen Nagi Manila
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Introducing Ramen Nagi’s Signature King for the month – the Wild Cheese Curry King – a cheesy bowl of ramen composed of a creamy white cheese sauce, curry-flavored ramen broth, thin ramen noodles, and finished with torched cheese on top.

Price: ₱495 per bowl!

Is your mouth watering at the sound of this delectable ramen? Then head on to ANY Ramen Nagi branch until August 15 and get yourself a bowl!

Keep reading to see Metro Manila’s ultimate ramen list per city and our must-tries!

Around Metro Manila

Ramen Nagi – multiple branches

Ramen Nagi is one of the most popular ramen joints in the country. Nagi’s “King” bowls come in different flavors (and a variety of unique colors!) like the Black King (squid ink), the Red King (spicy), and the Green King (pesto). Of course, their basic Butao King still takes the prize for most diners. We heard that they’re also serving seasonal and limited edition truffle ramen.

What to order: Butao, Kuroo, or Midirio

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Ippudo – multiple branches

Ippudo is a ramen house from Fukuoka, Japan. They’re a globally renowned Japanese restaurant famous for their Hakata-style, tonkotsu-basedramen. Brace yourselves for long lines, it seems everyone just wants a taste of their irresistible noodles and broth. If you plan on visiting, we recommend trying a classic bowl of Shriomaru Motoaji or the more unique Yokohama Lekei, which combines two different types of broth!

What to order: Karaka-Ramen, Tantanmen, and Akamaru

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Ganso-Shabuway – multiple branches

Ganso-Shabuway is an international franchise from California that offers Japanese style hotpot. They serve all-natural grass fed beef, fresh produce and other meat.

What to order: Beef Shoyu Ramen, Kurobuta Pork Miso Ramen, Tan Tan Men Ramen

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Soru Izakaya – multiple branches

Influenced by the Robotayaki style of Izakaya, Soru Izakaya offers a tasteful blend of after-work gastropub drinks accompanied with fresh Japanese eats. From sashimi plates and savory yakitori combinations to refreshing beverages and speakeasy cocktails, Soru Izakaya completes the whole modern Japan experience that brings you a glimpse of the Tokyo night life.

What to order: Black Tonkotsu Ramen

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Izakaya Kenta – multiple branches

Formerly located in Pedro Gil, Izakaya Kenta reopens after 13 years. This authentic Japanese restaurant offers a wide selection of sushi, sashimi, grilled and deep-fried meats. They also have different types of tempura dishes.

What to order: Tantan Ramen, Geki Kara Ramen

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Hanamaruken Ramen – multiple branches

Hanamaruken Ramen, a decades-old mom-n-pop ramen chain, hails from streets of Osaka, Japan. Famous for its “Happiness Ramen”, Hanamaruken serves a signature soft bone ramen unmatched in tenderness and flavor.

What to order: Happiness Ramen

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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka – multiple branches

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is a legendary ramen brand from northern Japan that has offered the same family recipe since 1988. They’ve since expanded their menu and ramen selection to provide only the finest ramen all over the world.

What to order: Tokusen Toroniku Ramen

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Mendokoro Ramenba – multiple branches

Mendokoro Ramenba is a 20-seater ramen joint from the people behind popular Ramen Yushoken from Alabang; it is also called being tagged as Yushoken 2.0.

What to order: TanTan-Men, Gyokai Tsukemen, and off-the-menu ramen

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Hakata Ton-ichi – multiple branches

Hakata Ton-ichi is a ramen joint by Ramen Nagi group that specializes in the traditional Hakata-style ramen, a local variety of the Japanese favorite that originates from the Hakata district of Fukuoka. Offering affordable servings of the dish, the rich tonkotsu broth and traditional thin noodles are priced between ₱180 to ₱300, and nothing over!

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Tokyo Bubble Tea – multiple branches

Tokyo Bubble Tea is a local homegrown bubble tea concept that serve Japanese-Western dishes that are best paired with their wide selection of fun milk tea concoctions! 

What to order: Chasu Ramen

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Jipan Cafe & Bakeshop – multiple branches

Jipan Cafe and Bakeshop has been offering authentic Japanese cuisine since in 1992. They offer assorted breads and a wide selection of sweet and savory pastries. Read more here.

What to order: Chuukara Ramen

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Go Sushi – multiple branches

Go Sushi offers affordable Japanese fusion dishes such as their donut sushi and sushi platter. 

What to order: Tonkotsu Ramen, Seafood Ramen

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Happon Ramen House – multiple branches

Happon Ramen House is a hole-in-the-wall ramen place that serves authentic ramen bowls under P200. It uses Chicken Paitan soup base, which is said to be a ‘healthier’ alternative to your average everyday ramen. 

What to order: Chicken Paitan Miso Chashumen and Japanese Curry Ramen

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Mitsuyado Seimen – multiple branches

Mitsuyado Sei-Men is an international franchise by the UCC Group and is widely known as ‘The House of Tsukemen‘ (or ‘dipping noodles’). Its interiors are reminiscent of old town Japan. It’s for people who love thick noodles and cheese.

What to order: Shoyu Ramen, Karashi, Char-Siu Ramen

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Ramen Kuroda – multiple branches

Ramen Kuroda serves authentic and affordable Japanese tonkotsu ramen using home-made noodles and quality ingredients. Ramen comes in 3 kinds: Shio (salt-based), Kuro (milky base with garlic oil) and Aka (spicy).

What to order: Aka Chashumen with extra noodles

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Moshi Koshi – multiple branches

Moshi Koshi is a Japanese noodle house that is known for their affordable ramen bowls. What sets them apart from everyone else is that they make their own noodles right inside the kitchen. Koshi is actually a Japanese term that is similar with the Italian’s al dente’. Fun fact: The owner of Moshi Koshi has noodle factory in Tokyo.

What to order: Shoyu and Shio Butter Corn Ramen

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Ramen Cool – multiple branches

Ramen Cool is a Japanese ramen restaurant bent on serving hot bowls of authentic ramen that will keep you warm on a cool night.

What to order: Pork Shoyuramen and Katsu Curry Ramen

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Quezon City

Taisho Ramen – SM City North EDSA

Be transported to Japan when you dine at Taisho Ramen & Teppanyaki House. Their authentic hakata ramen and fan-favorite chicken teriyaki will give you a true taste of Japanese cuisine without needing to break the bank.

What to order: Karamen/Chamen, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

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2/F SM City North EDSA, Sky Garden, EDSA cor North Ave, Quezon City
(02) 332-8735

Taka Ramen – Project 8 and Cubao

Taka Ramen of El Fresco offers authentic Japanese ramen, gyoza, and takoyaki at very affordable prices. 

What to order: Hiyashi Goma, Miso Ramen

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Sakura Aji – Holy Spirit Drive

Sakura Aji from the North Hive Food Park serves affordable Japanese fare such as ramen, sushi rolls, yakitori, donburi bowls, and more.

What to order: Spicy ramen and Seafood ramen

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North Hive Food Park, Don Faustino St., near cor Holy Spirit Drive, Quezon City

San Juan

Fukujin Izakaya – Little Baguio

Fukujin Izakaya is a modern Japanese restaurant in San Juan that’s constantly reinventing dishes and pushing boundaries of what Japanese food could be.

What to order: Salmon Dashi Ramen, Tonkotsu Ramen

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2/F TNA Building, #17 J. Abad Santos St, Little Baguio, San Juan
(02) 624-3006

Makati

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Tsuke-Men – Rockwell

Situated at Stall No. 3 at The Grid Food Market, Tsuke-Men and Noodle Shop is a Japanese joint specializing in tsukemen style of ramen, wherein the soup is in a separated bowl and the noodles made to dip in before slurping.

What to order: Gyokai Tsukemen, Tonkotsu Ramen, Aburasoba

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Stall No. 3, 2/F The Grid Food Market, Power Plant Mall New Wing, Rockwell Center, Makati

Shinjuku Home of Authentic Ramen – Little Tokyo

Confidently claiming it with their name, Shinjuki Home of Authentic Ramen is one of Little Tokyo’s best ramen joints!

What to order: Sapporo Corn Ramen and Butakakuni Ramen

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Taguig

Tsuta – Bonifacio High Street

Tsuta made waves in the ramen world by becoming the first ever Michelin starred ramen house in the world. Opening their very first branch in the Philippines, Tsuta continues to serve world-class ramen and is a definite must-try for any serious ramen aficianado.

What to order: Char Siu Ajitama Shoyu Soba (with truffle)

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UG/F C3 Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Ave cor 30th St, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 625 4678

Wonder Bowl by Ramen Nagi – Globe Tower

Wonder Bowl is the newest concept from the same group that brought you Ramen Nagi. If you think they’ll be serving run-of-the-mill ramen bowls, think again. Specialty cocktails and artisanal ramen bowls are just some of the premium items available in this modern ramen bar. Read more here

What to order: Wonder Lobster Ramen, Miso Wildfire Ramen

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Globe Tower, 32nd St., BGC, Taguig
(02) 621 0669

BF Homes, Parañaque

Mensakaba Geishu – Aguirre Ave.

Mensakaba Geishu is a 12-seater ramen house owned by Japanese-Filipina husband and wife team Hirofumi and Alyn Hotta.

What to order: Paiko Ramen (Shoyu with spare ribs), Tantanmen

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Fun fact: You can watch Hirofumi cook the ramen right in front of you! Any seat is the best seat in the room.

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+63 2 546-9302

Ichiro Ramen – Aguirre Ave.

Bringing quality ramen closer to home, Ichiran Ramen offers authentic Japanese recipes that have been refined to bring out the richness of their ramen. Now slurping and serving you from an open kitchen, they’re widely known as well for their must-try takoyaki!

What to order: Tantamen, Shio

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248 Aguirre Ave , BF Homes, Parañaque

Ramen-ya – Aguirre Ave.

Ramen-Ya is a discreet ramen place along Aguirre. What sets it apart from its neighbors is the price, nothing over 200 pesos for a bowl of ramen here. Their black garlic ramen is one of their specialties. The Japanese owner/chef makes the broth himself and keeps the recipe top secret.

What to order: Special Ramen and Kuromayu Ramen

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Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Parañaque
(0915) 699 4715

Alabang, Muntinlupa

Butamaru – Alabang

This ramen house from the South serves the noodles with fresh vegetables and tossed in black sesame dressing. You can also their other salad ramen flavor, the Kani Salad Ramen (cold ramen, shredded kani, mentaiko dressing).

What to order: Tantamen, Shoyu, Kani Ramen Salad

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CE405 Westgate Center Commerce Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 887 4255

JAEU Bistro & Ramen Bar – Festival Mall

JAEU is “East meets West” reimagined. You can have a taste of Japanese culture and European culture without having to go to two separate restaurants.

What to order: Iekei “Yokohama Style” Ramen, Hell Ramen “Jigoku”

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Ramen Yushoken – Molito

Ramen Yushoken serves tonkotsu broth ramen using a recipe from famous ramen master Yamagishi Kazuo. It’s a casual restaurant with traditional Japanese sensibilities like fast service and not offering any eating utensils other than chopsticks.

What to order: Shio Tonkotsu Ramen, Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen, TanTanMen Tonkotsu Ramen

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Molito Lifestyle Mall, Madrigal Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 808 7424

Las Piñas

Kaijo – BF Resort

Kaijo Steaks and Ramen serves authentic Japanese dishes like ramenand wagyu steak cooked on a lava rock and more. For ₱389, you can get a slab of their Kano Yogan Wagyu. Up for the Wagyu Miss This? Get 50% on your 4th Wagyu!

What to order: Karubi Ramen, Gomoku Ramen, Tantamen

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#41 Gloria Diaz St, BF Resort Village, Las Piñas
(0918) 938-5929

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