What do you crave on a grey, rainy day? I crave any of these three things: a bowl of champorado, Pork Sinigang with rice, a bowl of delicious, hot ramen. It was a grey rainy day on my birthday, so my husband brought me and the little boy to Ramen Bar at Eastwood Mall. Ramen love!
There was hardly anyone when we got there. Maybe folks were eating champorado and Sinigang at home! I’ve heard this place gets packed on weekdays though. The interiors were clean and simple. It looked like the place was really all about the food.
Hungry as horses, we checked the menu out right away. If you want an authentic way to satiate that ramen craving, this is the place for you. Ramen Bar serves seven kinds of ramen:
Shio Ramen – “Salt infused Tonkotsu Ramen topped with tamago, naruto, negi and chasyu”
Shoyu Ramen – “Soy infused Tonkotsu Ramen topped with tamago, naruto, negi and chasyu”
Sapporo Miso Ramen – “Miso infused Tonkotsu Ramen topped with tamago, naruto, negi, chasyu, butter and corn”
Super Chasyu Ramen – “Soy infused Tonkotsu Ramen topped with overflowing slices of chasyu and tamago.”
R.B.S. #1 – “Soy infused Tonkotsu Ramen topped with tamago, naruto, negi, chasyu and kakuni”
Spicy Karaage Ramen – “Spicy Shoyu Ramen topped with Fried Boneless Chicken”
Tottemo Yasai Ramen -“Special Cold Salad Ramen with Japanese dressing”
Don’t get thrown off by the Japanese food names! Their placemat has a list of what the terms mean. Negi is spring onion, nori is dried seaweed, naruto is fish sticks, kakuni is braised pork belly, chasyu is sliced pork, tonkatsu is pork bone soup boiled for 20 hours and tamago is soft boiled egg marinated for 48 hours.
They also serve other dishes such as Edamame, Kakuni Buns (pork belly wrapped in a white bun… maybe like cuapao?), Yakiniku Beef, Karaage (fried boneless chicken with salt), Chasyu (slices of grilled pork), and Chahan (fried rice with eggs and leeks).
We placed our orders, and the little boy amused himself with the Japanese soup spoon.
The place is baby friendly. It was clean, the servers were friendly, and they had high chairs. Yey! The baby could be seated comfortably while eating his noodles! And, well, his Cheerios. With the soup spoon. Hee.
Our orders came. Yum. I got R.B.S. #1 (P380):
I wonder what R.B.S. means. I forgot to ask. Anyway this ramen was really good. The pork slices were very, very tender. The broth was really flavorful. This dish came highly recommended by my sister and friends, and I’m happy I finally know why they raved about it.
My husband got the Tottemo Yasai Ramen (P150). There are noodles under all those veggies. Its Japanese dressing comes on the side:
He wasn’t too happy with his order. He found it too salty for his taste.
But we both loved the Chasyu Omelette (P150)! This wasn’t on the regular menu, but on the board featuring the Chef’s Specials for the day (see first pic). It had a slight sweetness to it which we really enjoyed. We scarfed down our order and then ordered another one!
We also ordered Chahan (P80). It was a good partner with the omelette. You can eat this on its own! No ulam (viand) needed.
For our beverages, we decided to get Ramen Bar’s house tea. You can choose to have it hot or cold. Because it was a rainy day, hot tea it was.
Ramen Bar also has dessert — Tempura Ice Cream. I was too stuffed to try it though! Maybe next time.
Is Ramen Bar worth going back to? You bet. Overall, I had a good experience with Ramen Bar. It was a delicious and relaxing way to enjoy a grey, rainy birthday lunch. But birthday or no birtday, grey day or not, I’m definitely returning. I want to try their Sapporo Miso Ramen next.
Ramen Bar is located at the ground floor of G/F Eastwood Mall , Libis, Quezon City. They’re open from Mondays to Sundays, 11:00 am-11:00 pm.