New ramen restaurants are stacking up like jets over Heathrow. Today, every mall in the metro seems to be knocking out ramen. Whitewashed import ramen restaurants from Japan has been opening their stores in different parts of the Philippines every now and then.
RYU, a ramen and curry restaurant co-owned by singer and songwriter Ogie Alcasid, has marked their name as one of the best ramen restaurants in the Philippines since they opened their first store four years ago at Tomas Morato in Quezon City. They now have 3 branches (Tomas Morato, UP Town Center and SM Jazz Mall). My family and I agreed to have lunch at their branch in UP Town Center last Sunday to try their Tantanmen Ramen.
The restaurant’s interior and furnishings are all evocative of the old Japanese Era. The atmosphere of the shop is beautiful. Sleek seating and comfortable seats. The dining area is pretty wide and can accommodate approximately 50 people.
We were surprised that they are offering a food set of 3 Ramen, Gyoza and 3 Iced Tea for only P599. I think that’s a great deal for a budgetarian like me.
A delectably spicy miso-based broth with ground pork, a soft boiled egg, negi, fragrant garlic oil, 2 slices of tender chashu pork topped with spring onion.
Tantanmen is, simply, fantastic. All the elements of a perfect bowl are there: the noodles are just chewy enough, the toppings are handmade with great care, and the soup yields squeals of joy.
Spicy Miso Ramen
Simple yet delicious miso-based ramen topped with sesame seeds, two slices of chasyu pork and topped with mixed vegetables.
The broth is intensely flavorful and rich, the noodles retains its chewy texture until the last bite. Spicy Miso Ramen is my favorite. Although they named it Spicy Miso, it is actually not overly spicy.
Little Ryu Ramen
Two slices of chasu pork swim alongside ground beef marinated in special butter in a mouth-wateringly sweet and salty broth.
Little Ryu Ramen is more on the sweet side. Kids will definitely love this!
A dumpling consisting of ground meat and vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together by crimping.
Simple but well executed. The portions are appropriately sized. After my first bite, I was hooked.
I’m quite surprised with their Iced Tea cos it was so good. Fusion of lemon and honey will play your tastebuds and it’s really refreshing. I love it!
Looking for other way to enjoy your Yakult? You should try Ryu’s Yakult Shake. When I sipped it, I could really taste the the Yakult! And it was great! Perfect match for the Ramen and Gyoza that we ordered.
If you happen to crave for Ramen in the Tomas Morato area, this place is a good place to go to. The price is just right and the Ramen is good. I will definitely visit RYU Ramen & Curry again to try their other dishes like Donburi and Curry.
RYU Ramen & Curry
Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City