Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


R A M E N   B R A N D


Somewhere in SM Aura-The Fort in Taguig City, particularly in the 2nd level of the mall, remarkable wooden planks with Japanese calligraphy are lined up in an artistic layout. The creative space is actually a dining area for Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen customers.

It's one thing to eat authentic Japanese ramen in Metro Manila. It's another thing to eat a bowl of it cocooned by planks that distinctly depict rural Fukuoka in the late 1100s and early 1200s. It was the same time when Kamo no Chomei, a known imperial court poet, published an essay that values simple living such as writing text and music in his hut. This essay was well rendered today in calligraphy by well-known contemporary artist Yasuko Sensyu on wooden planks that were erected in the dining area.

My first time visiting Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen was early this year at its Shangri-la Mall branch. The visit turned out to be enchanting what with the same dining layout that enhanced my food tasting experience.

This time around, I had a hefty bowl of Kimchi Tonkotsu (P380) to give my late afternoon lunch some zing. It came with a specialized tonkotsu base and kimchi as topping. It was a set of rich sweet, sour, and bitter flavors that awakened my palate in one sip.

My food tasting was made memorable with blogger acquaintances -- Aldous, Jherson, Nyles, and Roch -- that I invited to come over. We did not hesitate to share with each other a few more ramen specialties that we ordered.

For my second visit, I did not hesitate to enjoy the high-end restaurant's other specialties such as the dumpling starter called Gyoza (P150) and Karaage (P180), a set of breaded, boneless fried chicken that was surprisingly tender in the inside and crunchy on the outside. I simply loved every bite of it!

Lastly, I did not also waste time sampling on Ikkoryu's dessert called Ice Cream Shiratama Zenzai (P180). Two flavors of which came in just the right size and with the timely purpose of cleansing my palate of the rich traces of soup, meat, and vegetables. Although I adored the refreshing taste of the Green Tea option, I preferred the strong ice cream flavor of the Sea Salt Caramel ice cream.

All in all, this second branch of Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen was a consistent and charming gastronomic getaway in busy Metro Manila. Simply let the wooden planks of rural days of yore nurture your one hour of ramen fix and you're set for the week.

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is also open at the Level 5 East Wing of the Shangri-la Mall in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.

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


  1. Great share! Thanks for tagging us along here. Your picture make me salivate now! I'll catch my next bowl of ramen at Ikkoryu when I visit SM Aura next time. :)


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