KICHITORA is a ramen chain concept by Filipino and Japanese partners, which opened its first branch in Shibuya, Tokyo and subsequently in SM Megamall about a year ago. Just recently, they opened another branch in Glorietta 5. The name "Kichitora" literally means “Lucky Tiger”.
I often ask foodies what their favorite ramen is and Kichitora is consistently mentioned. We finally got to try it and I can see why they love it here. :)
RAMEN DAISHO offers ramen that may not only be familiar in name but also in taste. Daisho comes from a coined word meaning dai="big", sho="fly" or "fly high".
Their ukokkei ("Silkie" chicken) ramen recipe is the same recipe bought by the Ukokkei Ramen Ron owners years ago from Japanese Master ChefFunatsu Yasuhiko, helping start the ramen craze here in the Philippines. In addition to the ramen recipe, Ramen Daisho bought the Master Chef's Gyoza and Chahan recipes, too. :)
Take a look at what you can expect from Ramen Daisho...
RAMEN NAGI offers a gourmet version of ramen that is hailed as the best in Tokyo. It has been awarded the top spot in the National Ramen of the Year Competitions for the last two years (2011 and 2012). In Hongkong, the Ramen Nagi franchise is known as BUTAO, after its popular signature ramen, which Filipinos line up hours for just to get a taste. :)
Finally, Ramen Nagi has opened in Manila at the 5th Floor of SM Aura Premier. The Manila franchise is owned by Plains & Prints couple founders Roxanne and Erickson Farillas, together with Michael James Chua, Carissa Coscolluela, Enti Coscolluela, and Avi Siy-Chua.
As the Filipino foodie's taste for ramen matures, one would prefer more rich and bolder flavors vs. the lighter variety. And once you taste the richer gourmet version of Ramen Nagi, there's no going back to light and lesser quality ramen.
You've got to check out why foodies are raving about Ramen Nagi Butao...
TAMPOPO is a ramen and tonkatsu specialty store founded by Takaaki Takagi in Singapore. Takagi is best known for starting Tonkichi, one of Singapore's best Tonkatsu Restaurants. The name Tampopo, which literally means "dandelion", is inspired by the 1985 Japanese "Ramen Western" film of the same name.
The Philippine franchise, owned by George Huang, Chris Tiu, and TY Tang, is Tampopo's first outside of Singapore. It is the first 2-in-1 Ramen & Tonkatsu specialty resto concept in the country.
The search for the best ramen heats up in Manila with the opening of Tampopo! Check this out...
IKKORFYU FUKUOKA RAMEN is a Tonkotsu ramen from Yamagoya Ramen of Japan, which has been around since 1970, specializing in Chikuho noodles. Their original store in Manila is in the East Wing of Shangri-La Mall, and a bigger branch has opened in SM Aura.
RAMEN SANTOUKA is one of the best ramen franchises originating from Hokkaido, north of Japan. It is named after a famous poet's pen name -- Santōka Taneda -- and is the latest restaurant to join the Ramen Craze in Manila.
For their soft opening, they are serving variants of their original ramen and a few side dishes.
Here's what to expect and what to order in Ramen Santouka:
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: