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MITSUYADO SEI-MEN's Double Cheese Sauce TSUKEMEN!

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Finally, the Double Cheese Tsuke-men topped with parmesan and cheese sauce is finally here in Manila!  The long-awaited opening of the first international franchise of MITSUYADO SEI-MEN brought to Manila by the UCC group was met with raves by loyal Manila-based Japanese crowd. 

With the Ramen craze in full swing in Manila, Ramen-loving Filipinos would definitely love this Tsuke-men or "Dipping Noodle" innovation. 

Here are some tips to have an awesome Tsuke-men experience at Mitsuyado's:

The BEST RAMEN in Manila Series 2013:

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It has an unassuming entrance, but as you enter

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... you get transported into a Japanese street-food ambiance inspired by the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum, in Yokohama, Japan.

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I love Mitsuyado's unique look and feel (vs. the modern ambiance look of most restos) accented by re-created vintage Japanese posters.

Mitsuyado Sei-Men's Tsukemen-9.jpgTIP: If you want a more authentic street food experience, reserve the Noodle Cart table specially if you have kids :)

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The resto has a mini private room for meetings and functions.

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Mitsuyado Sei-Men MenuTsukemen, Special Tsukemen | Extra Toppings, Ramen | AE-SOBA, Donburi & Rice | Side Orders, Desserts | Drinks & Coffee

Don't miss to try the Tsukemen. But they also have the regular Ramen and other Japanese favorites. 

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★ Gyoza (P160 +10% service charge).

The Gyoza is getting raves because of its thin wrapper hand-made onsite from the same Japanese flour used in the noodles. It's seared and not fried, and would definitely please any gyoza lover.

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Chicken Karaage (P190 +10% service charge).

For kids, we would order the karaage for starter -- it was not too oily, but it has a taste of ginger.

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★ Karashi Tsukemen (Regular - P250 +10% service charge).

What makes Tsuke-men awesome is the big fat al dente (think chewy) noodle which is made in the resto on the day itself. For spicy-ramen lovers, you have to order the Karashi - a spicy pork tonkutsu-based sauce.

(Tip: If you want Super al dente, order the noodle cold; Medium al dente, order it warm; and Regular al dente, order it hot.)

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The idea is to dip the noodle in the sauce and slurp it :) In this way, you can enjoy the yummy taste of the al dente noodle itself and it uses a specific Japanese flour (different from the typical ramen dish) so that it can absorb the sauce quickly.

(Tip: For the left over sauce, it's yummy to drink the sauce by itself or put it on top of rice :)

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★ Double Cheese Tsukemen (Large - P380) with Marutoku (char sui, Japanese Egg, Nori, Vegetables - P80 Extra toppings) +10% service charge.

It's the first time we have eaten ramen noodles topped with parmesan and poured or dipped-in cheese sauce. It comes with a tonkotsu sauce with yuzu a citrus fruit which is a cross between mandarin and grapefruit. 

Just imagine yourself enjoying the different flavors of parmesan, cheese sauce, pork tonkutsu, and tangy yuzu with the chewy al dente noodle in each bite.

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For kids, we decided to put the noodle on a soup spoon, pouring the cheese sauce over it and dipping it in the yuzu tonkotsu sauce. 

For the best experience, order char siu, japanese egg and vegetables on the side and your meal is complete :)

(Tip: Another combination is to try the Curry Tsukemen which does not have the yuzu tangy taste and order the cheese sauce as extra toppings.)

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Sumiyaki Coffee Jelly with Ice-Cream (P90 +10% service charge).

To cap your meal, you can have the Sumiyaki Coffee dessert of UCC and their siphon Sumiyaki coffee. 

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Here's a souvenir shot of the boys with the Hubert Young of the UCC empire for our photo collection :)

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Overall, we love the gyoza, karashi and double cheese sauce Tsuke-men, and the street- food-inspired ambiance :) Of course, you can enjoy quality UCC siphon coffee afterwards :) Considering that most of the ingredients are imported, the pricing is a good deal already. Budget P500/person.

MITSUYADO SEI-MEN The House of Tsukemen
No. 22 Jupiter Street, Brgy. Bel Air, Makati City, Philippines.
Operating Hours: 11.00am to 12.00am Monday to Sunday
Telephone: +632 511-1390 
Facebook: Mitsuyado sei-men

★ - Highly Recommended to Order

The BEST RAMEN in Manila Series 2013:

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Full Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of Mitsuyado Sei-men but I wrote this blog post myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I have no business relationship with any company mentioned in this post or any organization promoting it. As a policy, I don't accept advertising from food and travel places we feature in the blog. 

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P.S. Before leaving, you must visit the Yamato Japanese Bakery which is already a spin-off from the Japanese bread section in UCC.

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The unique best sellers in Yamato are Okonomiyaki (P55), Sweet Potato Cake (P45), Apple Raisin (P50), and Croissanwich (Whole - P270, and Mini - P130). We personally like the chewyJapanese donuts (P15) for the kids :)

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What makes it yummy are the freshly baked bread onsite :)

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Everyone usually leaves Mitsuyado with a take out brown bag from Yamato.

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YAMATO Bakery Cafe
No. 22 Jupiter Street, Brgy. Bel Air, Makati City, Philippines.
Operating Hours: 6.00am to 9.00pm Monday to Sunday
Telephone: +632 511-1390 

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I was never a ramen person. Shamefully, I have never even tried Ukkokei Ramen Ron aka "The Ramen Nazi". Parmesan seems interesting since Parmesan was never really a native Japanese ingredient, right?

Yamato is a very strong name :-) During the nerdy StarCraft video game days, this was a powerful weapon. It was only post college did I realize that Yamato was a World War II battleship sunk by the Americans :-P

-Ray

yum gorgeous :)

Would really love to try this. The interiors of the restaurant is something different but of course nothing beats eating out of real noodle carts in Tokyo :)

Yummy that food looks delicious and tempting. I can't wait to try this out. Thanks for the share

Hi, Anton how are you? Thanks for posting this blog. I love to eat also. I love Japanese dishes as well. I know that there are many dishes in Japan aside from sushi, sashimi, tempura, and so on.

Will try this later... can't wait! :)

this place looks interesting, will try one of these days

havent posted a comment in a long time, but i just want to say that i dont think you need a full disclosure every time you write about a place you and your family visit... we are indebted to you for sharing your experiences...whether you paid for it or by somebody else shouldnt be our concern...i appreciate how candid you have always been with regard to your experiences...you never sounded like a paid hack to me ever...i know you are friends with several food bloggers who i dont read anymore because theirs are just so obviously PR...

plus you have always been very courteous despite some very rude comments and issues in the past

Thank you Sunshine for this lovely comment! 


The disclosure statements are a standard in international websites and OAP is also adopting the practice :)

Anton

did i read it right? 6am & 9pm?
6am to 9pm only?
Ramen places in Japan close like 2 or 3am..
in HK like 11 or 12mn..
sana they could adjust the time so they could open late & close late too..


Sorry that was for the Yamato Bakeshop. The ramen place closes late at night.

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Founder and Digital Publisher
www.OurAwesomePlanet.com

Oh wow this is new?? Yay! I will try this soon!

Seriously, you should have an OAP app or something =)) How do you find out about new places??


Next year, Ill launch the OAP app :)

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Anton Diaz
Founder and Digital Publisher
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Thanks to your post, my best friends and I went to this place! it's sooo goood :D we loved it. Thanks!

You are most welcome!


Anton

Just went here last night with my office mates. We ordered the food you mentioned here except the Karaage (we thought the serving was small ☺) and the Sumiyaki Coffee Jelly (we opted to try the gelato at the nearby Maitre Chocolatier). The food was really good! It was my first time to try Tsukemen and I was really sold! I will go back to this place again.

(I just want to say that whenever I decide to try a restaurant I haven't eaten before, I always check your blog if you have a review about it. Keep up the good work! You serve us a guide for people like me, who is definitely not a food critic, but really loves to eat and wants to be satisfied every time she eats at a restaurant. Thank you. ☺)

Youre most welcome Lei! Thanks for the appreciation :)


Anton

Um letting your kid step on the table for ramen noodles is not so hygienic... And thats the owner who let that happen??

Hi, Anton, I know how much your blog helps other people make decisions about restaurants so decided to share my experience in this place.

Food here was good, but I will never go back because of their service. The waitresses were very rude and they made it obvious that they do not like kids. I have experienced not so good service before, but this is my first time to be immensely offended. I was tempted to ask for the service charge they automatically include in one's bill. That's how awful an experience it was.

In contrast, the waitstaff in Yamato (I know this and Mitsuyado have the same owners here in Manila) were very warm and courteous. Even the security guards outside of the establishment were very courteous.

I hope things change and that no one experiences what we went through that evening.

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