Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

R A M E N  T A S T E  T E S T

Being based in Manila enables me to share in its fast-paced and modern lifestyle. The restaurant options alone are quite remarkable. A lot of foreign flavors have landed in the National Capital Region (NCR) in the past two decades and it works for a travel blogger like me who constantly yearns to experience the world.

One such flavor is that of Japan. With a mere mention of the country, images of sushi and ramen come to mind. And did I get myself in a ramen-ificent disposition last week when Ikkoryu, Manila's latest Japanese restaurant import, invited me for a taste test of its ramen roster.

Ikkoryu Rising

If you have not heard of Ikkoryu, that would only mean that no competitor has tried or become successful copying its signature selections. During my visit of the restaurant's first location (two more locations are in the offing months from now) at the 5th level of Shangri-la Mall's new East Wing in Mandaluyong City, I can attest to how different its ramen selection is from competing stores. I sampled Ikkoryu's Ajitama Tonkotsu (P300+) which is a Chef Reccommendation and it does stand out for having a distinct, rich pork extract which makes it quite flavorful.

The Difference In Tonkotsu Ramen

I learned from Ikkoryu's CEO Mr. Ogata that tonkotsu ramen is a popular regional style of ramen. It's beloved in Kyushu region in Japan where it originated. It's characterized by thin, straight noodles in rich creamy pork broth. The broth is a result of boiling pork bones with several seasonings for countless of hours. The taste is evident in the rich pork extract and hearty flavor.

Ikkoryu CEO Mr. Ogata
The CEO gladly shared that all of Ikkoryu's ingredients (except for a few selected ones) are imported from Japan, including the vegetables. This is to successfully keep up with the restaurant's credo of the soup being life.

Amazing Interior Design

This year is the year of Ikkoryu what with its promising dining experience. The restaurant's interior design gave me the fantasy of dining in the ramen regions of Japan. Its asymmetrical design of tall wooden planks surrounding the dining area created the illusion of an Ikkoryu world where old and new are juxtaposed. The clean vertical lines effectively gave the bar some privacy and separated the intimate dining area from the lively kitchen where Mr. Ogata's brother chef was doing family duty with other Japan-based chefs. I appreciated how the interior design temporarily cocooned my meal time with friends.

Thank you to Ikkoryu and OpenRice Philippines!

Head to the new East Wing of Shangri-la Mall (5th level) today.

More Photos:

My travel stamina partner, Laminine   +   My personal blog, New Self    +   Pasig City Natin


  1. The food looks so good and the place looks lovely! Will definitely give this place a try. :)

    1. I agree, Daene. The lovely wood decor gives the customer an extra sense of dining intimacy.


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