Are you up for the challenge?
Manila’s obsession with these banging bowls is evident through the formidable lines and influx of international ramen franchises entering the city’s market. One thing’s for sure: Manila is fueled by ramen. And who wouldn’t be? Its rich broth, slurp-worthy noodles, and melt-in-your-mouth chasu makes for a luxurious and sumptuous meal.
Yummy Tokyo is an quaint and affordable Japanese restaurant that’s quickly becoming a ramen joint to remember. Serving amazing ramen, onigiri, and gyoza to young and on-the-go Filipinos, they’ve been gaining popularity for their affordable ramen bowls that cost under ₱200. That’s pretty low for handmade noodles and quality chashu. But did you know that you can get their bowls of ramen for absolutely no cost at all? Just take Yummy Tokyo’s #UnliRamenChallenge and you can get their wonderbowls for free.
Don’t be fooled by the #UnliRamenChallenge’s intimidating name, because the challenge is actually quite easy. All you have to do is finish five (5) ramen bowls in two (2) hours and there’s no need to pay. Not to mention, your name will also be placed on their Wall of Fame.
To make the challenge an even better deal, the five ramen bowls you’ll eat will be served in different flavors, so say good-bye to umay. Speaking of umay, usually ramen joints say unlimited ramen but actually mean unlimited noodles. But this challenge also includes unlimited toppings where you can enjoy unlimited aji tamago and even chashu. Just make sure you finish the five ramen bowls within two hours or you’ll have to pay ₱399 (which isn’t so bad, if you ask us).
Insider tip: Not only are they known for their delicious ramen for as low as ₱200, Yummy Ramen also sells Make-At-Home Ramen kits with their homemade noodles, signature broth pastes, & chashu! You can check them out here.
And if you’re not up for the challenge, you can still savor unlimited bowls of ramen with no time limit for just ₱399. This means unlimited noodles, aji tamago, ramen broth, and chashu. So, make sure to visit a Yummy Tokyo near you, because this challenge is available in all branches! For more information on Yummy Tokyo’s #UnliRamenChallenge, check out their Facebook post here.
Want to know where you can eat Ramen in Metro Manila? We’ve got the Ultimate list:
Whether it’s authentic, contemporary, an old reliable, or under the radar, we’ve rounded up a list of where to eat ramen in Metro Manila! Plus, we’ve added some recommended dishes in case you’re not sure what to order at these ramen restaurants.
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!) such as 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.
Recommended orders: Original King (Butao) (₱390), Black King (Kuroo) (₱410), or Green King (Midirio) (₱410).
Ippudo – multiple branches
Ippudo is a ramen house from Fukuoka, Japan, but are a globally renowned Japanese restaurant famous for their Hakata-style, tonkotsu-based ramen. Brace yourselves for long lines, because everyone just wants a taste of their irresistible noodles and broth.
Recommended orders: Karaka-Ramen (₱400), Tantanmen (₱520), and Akamaru (₱495).
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.
Recommended orders: Beef Shoyu Ramen (₱328), Kurobuta Pork Miso Ramen (₱348), Tan Tan Men Ramen (₱348).
Insider tip: Get up to ₱500 off your bill with Booky!
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.
Recommended order: Black Tonkotsu Ramen
Insider tip: Get ₱300 off your total bill with Booky!
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.
Recommended orders: Tantan Ramen (₱330) and Geki Kara Ramen (₱330)
Insider tip: Enjoy up to ₱300 off your total bill!
Hanamaruken Ramen – multiple branches
Hanamaruken Ramen, a decades-old mom-and-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.
Recommended order: their Signature Happiness Ramen (₱580) and Pot Belly Ramen (₱410).
Insider tip: You can get up to ₱150 off your bill with Booky!
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.
Recommended orders: their Shio Ramen (₱385) and Tokusen Toroniku Ramen (₱495).
Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen – multiple branches
Established since 1970, Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen specializes in their signature thin, straight Chikuho noodles doused in rich, creamy tonkotsu broth. Pair your bowl of Ikkoryu ramen with their gyoza, too!
Recommended orders: their Black Garlic Tonkotsu (₱230), Miso Tonkotsu (₱280), and Spicy Tobanjan Tonkotsu (₱280).
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.
Recommended orders: their TantanMen (₱420), Shoyu (₱400), Miso (₱440).
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!
Recommended orders: their Ton-ichi Ramen (₱180), Miso-ichi Ramen (₱220), and Red Ramen (₱220).
Insider tip: You can also make your own ramen set!
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!
Recommended order: their Chasu Ramen (₱245).
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.
Recommended orders: their Chuukara Ramen (₱310).
Mitsuyado Ramen – 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.
Recommended orders: their Shoyu Ramen, Karashi, and Char-Siu Ramen
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).
Recommended order: their Aka Chashumen (₱230) with a side of extra noodles (₱40).
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 a noodle factory in Tokyo.
Recommended orders: Shoyu Ramen (₱240) and Shio Butter Corn Ramen (₱240).
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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.
Recommended orders: their Karamen/Chamen and Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen.
Taka Ramen – Open Kitchen
Taka Ramen of El Fresco offers authentic Japanese ramen, gyoza, and takoyaki at very affordable prices.
Recommended orders: their Hiyashi Goma Cold Ramen (₱195) and Miso Ramen (₱210).
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.
Recommended orders: their Chicken Paitan (₱198), Miso Chashumen (₱198), and Japanese Curry Ramen (₱198).
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.
Recommended orders: their Salmon Dashi Ramen (₱460) and Tonkotsu Ramen (₱380).
Insider tip: Get up to ₱500 off your bill!
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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!
Recommended orders: their Shoyu Ramen (₱295) and Butakakuni Ramen (₱430).
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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.
Recommended orders: Char Siu Ajitama Miso Soba (₱670), Char Siu Ajitama Shio Soba (₱670), and Char Siu Ajitama Shoyu Soba (₱670).
Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Kombo Meal of your choice at Tsuta!
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.
Recommended orders: Wonder Lobster Ramen (₱490) and Miso Wildfire Ramen (₱490).
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Mensakaba Geishu – Aguirre Ave.
Mensakaba Geishu is a 12-seater ramen house owned by Japanese-Filipina husband and wife team Hirofumi and Alyn Hotta.
Recommended orders: Paiko Ramen (Shoyu with spare ribs) and Tantanmen
Fun fact: You can watch Hirofumi cook the ramen right in front of you! Any seat is the best seat in the room.
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!
Recommended orders: their Tantanmen (₱330) and Shio (₱260).
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).
Recommended orders: their Tantanmen (₱370), Shoyu (₱350), Kani Ramen Salad (₱320).
Insider tip: You can get up to ₱300 off your bill with Booky!
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.
Recommended orders: Iekei "Yokohama Style" Ramen, Hell Ramen "Jigoku"
Insider tip: Get up to ₱300 off your total bill!
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.
Recommended orders: their Shio Tonkotsu Ramen (₱370), Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen (₱400), and TanTanMen Tonkotsu Ramen (₱420).
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!
Recommended orders: their Karubi Ramen (₱249), Gomoku Ramen (₱249), and Tantanmen Ramen (₱229).
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