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June 29, 2011

Tamagoya! Ramen

June 29, 2011

Tamagoya! Ramen

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We are in search of the best ramen in Manila and, so far, Ukkokei Ramen Ron is leading, with Ramen Bar and Shinjuku battling for the second spot.

We heard about this noodle house in Antipolo by Mr. Abe that foodies are raving about. My Japanese foodie friend Atsushi Matsuura confirmed that. "I really think their ramen is the best in the PH so far.  Yeah, RON could be best, but considering 'cost', I will vote Tamagoya."

Marikina and Antipolo foodies have been keeping this restaurant a foodie secret for some time now. Well, the secret is out, and it is worth driving all the way to Antipolo just to savor one of the best ramens in Manila. :)

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Tamagoya! is located in the lower part of Antipolo, which is near Marikina already. We had to go there on a Sunday via Marcos Highway because, on a regular day, there's heavy traffic in this area. Turn left at the intersection of Sumulong Highway (this intersection has slightly heavy traffic due to the tricycles). Take note that if you turn right, you'll be going up to Antipolo.

You need to go straight until you see a Petron Gas station on your left. Turn right into Soliven Avenue. There, you'll see the big Tamagoya! sign immediately on your left.

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I love its authentic Japanese ambiance. The ramen dishes are affordable at less than P180 (only cash is accepted). There is no service charge and the waiters do not accept tips.

The first floor has a noodle bar and two small tables. The owner, Mr. Abe, is always in the kitchen.

We decided to stay on the second floor, which was then crowded with families and groups. You can call to reserve a table in advance.

The acoustics are bad, though. People's voices immediately bounce back from the cement walls. Not a good idea to talk about business there, but it would be a pleasant enough place for chitchat with friends and family.

Yaki Gyoza (6pcs. - P98). Japanese pan-fried dumplings.

We started with the gyoza, which was cooked well and served with a tasty dipping sauce.

★ Gomoku Ramen (P168). Noodles with mixed vegetables and seafood.

This seafood ramen is their best seller. We loved the soup, which was thicker than most other ramen served in Manila. Plus, it had a deeper flavor. The ramen noodle itself was wonderful to munch on -- fat, bouncy and cooked al dente.

★ Stamina Ramen (P168). Noodles with chilli miso paste-based soup.

For the chili lovers out there, you have to try this dish. It has the right level of spiciness. It may look like you are eating curry sauce or laksa, but it has its own distinct, spicy ramen flavor.

★ Hiyashi Chuka (P158). Cold salad noodles.

This is a dry and cold noodle. We loved how it was a nice constrast to the super hot ramen option. The ramen itself was good already, and the vegetable and meat toppings just added texture and additional flavor.

★ Yakiniku Don (P158). Stir-fried beef with special sauce rice bowl.

The meat was tender and went well with their sweet signature sauce (way better than the other more-commercialized copycats). We recommend this rice topping as a good alternative to the noodles.

Mixed Yakisoba with Beef (P178). Stir-fried noodles with seafood and beef.

This dish is part of the new menu. We did not like it that much, so we ate it at home. The noodles were still good when reheated but the yakisoba had an overpoweringly offending taste of ginger.

Overall, Tamagoya! gets high marks for its ramen dishes. Highly recommended for authentic ramen lovers out there!

Tamagoya! Noodle House
2 Soliven Ave., Mayamot, Antipolo, Rizal
Telephone: +632 861-8631
Facebook: Tamagoya Noodle House

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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals and we are not connected in any way with the owners of this establishment.

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