This outpost of the famed Japanese restaurant sees snaking queues every day, thanks to its authentic Hakata-style ramen and excellent service. Its classic dish, Shiromaru Motoaji, is a stellar example of a perfect bowl of ramen. Don’t forget to order the steamed pork buns, too!
3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong; +63 2 470 1837; ph.phonebooky.com/ippudo-sm-megamall
If you’re a ramen obsessive, consider making a pilgrimage to the south to enjoy a bowl from Ramen Yushoken. Its Tantanmen Ramen is recognised as one of the best in Manila! Tip: Ask for the restaurant’s secret menu.
Molito Lifestyle Mall, Madrigal Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa; +63 2 808 7424; ph.phonebooky.com/ramen-yushoken-molito-lifestyle-mall
This joint serves up three kinds of mouthwatering ramen: Tonkotsu, Cold Ramen, and Tsukemen. The restaurant boasts a chic, minimalist vibe, with a large communal table (which seats 20) and an open kitchen, so you can watch the chefs hard at work.
G/F V Corporate Center, 125 Leviste St, Salcedo Village, Makati City; +63 2 215 1751; ph.phonebooky.com/mendokoro-ramenba-salcedo-village
Mitsuyado is known for its beautiful, vintage interiors and Tsukemen-style ramen (dry noodles that come with a sauce/broth for dipping). Try its bestselling Double Cheese Tsukemen Ramen, which comes with a heap of parmesan cheese, as well as a cheese dip.
Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Ave corner EDSA, Pasay City; +63 2 843 4329; ph.phonebooky.com/mitsuyado-sei-men-blue-bay-walk
Oyasumi prides itself on serving up traditional Iekei Ramen, which traces its roots to the streets of Yokohama, Japan. We’d recommend trying unique flavors like the La Paz Ramen (inspired by la paz batchoy) and the Tomato Ramen. Insider tip: You can request to have your leftover broth turned into a cheese risotto! Just ask your server.
308 P Guevarra St corner Seaview St, San Juan; +63 2 275 0309; ph.phonebooky.com/oyasumi-ramen-san-juan
Ramen Nagi is one of the most popular ramen joints in the country. Nagi’s “King” bowls come in different flavors (and colors!) like the Black King (squid ink), the Red King (spicy), and the Green King (pesto). Of course, its basic Butao King bowl still takes the prize. Psst…we heard that they’re also serving up limited-edition truffle ramen!
UG/F Robinsons Magnolia, Quezon City; +63 2 470 1356; ph.phonebooky.com/ramen-nagi-robinsons-place-manila
Hanamaruken Ramen is best known for its Signature Happiness Ramen, which comes with a slab of tender, slow-braised, soft-bone pork rib. Other standout ramen flavors like the Spare Rib Ramen and Pot Belly Ramen also draw the crowds. Hanamaruken is a franchise straight from Osaka, and now has three branches in Metro Manila.
2/F Trinoma Mall, Quezon City; +63 2 720 9283; ph.phonebooky.com/hanamaruken-ramen-trinoma-mall
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Hokkaido Ramen now has seven branches across the metro, so you can easily get your Tokusen Toroniku Ramen fix. What’s so special about this particular dish is that it’s served with roasted pork cheeks, instead of the usual cha shu. Limited bowls are served up daily, so go early.
G/F Corte De Las Palmas, Alabang Town Center, Commerce Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa; +63 2 801 5631; ph.phonebooky.com/hokkaido-ramen-santouka-eastwood-mall
Ukkokei Ramen Ron
Most people tend to overlook this branch of Ukkokei, due to its subtle signage. But it’s an open secret to ramen lovers out there, particularly those who adore spicy noodles. If in doubt, just order the bestselling Tantanmen!
Tesoro Bldg, 822 A. Arnaiz Ave, San Lorenzo, Makati City; +63 2 856 4588; ph.phonebooky.com/ukokkei-ramen-ron-pasay-road
Wrong Ramen has been paving the way for unconventional bowls of ramen in Metro Manila. Their bestselling FU ramen is “your breakfast in liquid form: Spam, bacon, cheese and fried egg in garlic pepper broth.” Fried egg and bacon in my ramen? Yes, please!
Forbes Town Center, Forbestown Rd, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City; +63 2 823 8249; ph.phonebooky.com/wrong-ramen-forbes-town-center
This article was originally published on Booky Manila (ph.phonebooky.com).