Friday, December 27, 2013

First taste: Ramen Nagi

Place: Clean, well lighted, spacious.  Nice decor and colors.  A bit noisy though.


Food: We ordered the Butao Ramen/Original King (Php 390) and the Green King (Php 410).

Here's how one orders a ramen: the waiter gives you a sheet of paper where you choose how you want your ramen.  You choose the variant you want, then your specifications for the various ramen components.  Do you want the chasyu/pork slice from the shoulder or the belly?  Do you want the "green" or the veggie to be spring onions or cabbage?  Do you want your noodles hard, normal, soft?  How spicy do you want your broth to be?  After making your choices, you give back the paper, with your name on it, then your hot ramen is served after five minutes.


The Butao Ramen is good enough.  The tonkatsu-based broth is tasty, reminds us of sautéed pork.  The noodles are of high quality (we chose "hard").  The veggie components (mushrooms and spring onions) are fresh and add vibrancy to the dish.  The pork is moist and juicy.  Its sweetness complements the saltiness of the broth.


The Green King is delicious!  Why green?  The base of this ramen is pesto: olive oil and basil.  It also has parmesan cheese.  For this one, we've chosen cabbage as the veggie component.  Like with the other ramen, the ingredients are of high quality.  And the broth is hearty and satisfying.  Nice mixture of flavors: sweet pork and basil, salty cheese, and amply bland cabbage and mushrooms.  Yummy!

With our ramen, we're given a glass of their house tea.  Its sweet, deep, and woodsy taste is a delight to the tongue.


Price: Considering taste, size, and quality, prices are reasonable.

Service: Well, our waiter was nice and knowledgeable about their products.  The thing was though, we got greeted, more like shouted at, when we entered and left the place, and it was a little annoying.


Ramen Nagi is on the 5th level of SM Aura Premier.         

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