Taken at: Shizen Ramen in Marikina City, Philippines

There’s a ramen place near our house that I pass by every day. I haven’t tried setting foot inside. Tonight, I was invited by a friend to eat there and I was pleasantly surprised!




Taken at: SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, Philippines

From the last time I remembered eating in Sambokojin, they have improved their buffet choices. It was not just about grilling meat. They have a wide array of sushi, Korean, and Japanese dishes. It was heaven for people who love said cuisines.

This is my Korean plate: japchae, fried chicken, bulgogi, tteokbokki, and deep fried oyster.



Taken at: The Podium in Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Today, there was a mall-wide sale at The Podium today. Ramen Nagi was offering two bowls of ramen for only PHP 600.

In the list of the best ramen bowls in the Philippines, I have Ramen Nagi at second best. I love their butao ramen especially when the noodle is a little hard and there is little spice. The pork belly tastes so delicious and it’s so¬†tender.

Akamaru Chashu by Ippudo Philippines

Nested in Megamall’s Mega Fashion Hall is Ippudo Philippines. Just 2 years in the¬†Philippine scene, it battles with tried and tested restaurants for a share of the ramen market in the Metro.


To be honest, it was a bit of a letdown for me. The serving was big. The spice was something I can handle. However, it was a bit too oily and salty for me. My chashu were on the thinner side of things.

To say things bluntly, I’ve had better.

What I like, though, are the noodles. I like my noodles a little less than al dente. I like a bite. The noodles with medium hardness did that for me.

The ramen was something worth trying. Will I return to Ippudo Philippines? Yes; probably to try the other items on the menu. The gyoza looks good.


Pork Cutlet Curry by Coco Ichibanya

Coco Ichibanya is the top curry rice restaurant in Japan. Its first branch here in the Philippines is in Estancia Mall in Pasig.

I am a very big fan of katsu. It’s one of my most favorite things in this world. So, pork cutlet curry is what I ordered.


Although, I love katsu, I am not too friendly with curry. I have low tolerance for spicy food. I actually don’t know how to critique curry since we’re not friends but this is good curry. I’ve only tasted a handful so this may not be really helpful. But, out of the handful that I’ve tasted, this is the best. For PHP 340, you definitely eat what you paid for.

Plus, katsu is cooked beautifully and so is the rice. I do hope that they have the option to change your white rice to brown. But, since you’re committing the sin, why not go full force, no?

My friend ordered the chicken omelet curry and it looked beautiful. I might try that some time.


Sorry for leaving good curry behind.