ramen bar – do one thing and do it excellently

In eating in manila on November 12, 2010 at 8:37 am

knew about ramen bar since the day it opened, but only got to go the other day – largely because i was afraid of the mad crowds in eastwood. we ended up going on a saturday at 3pm when everything was still relatively quiet and ramen bar was empty.

we decided on 2 bowls of ramen. one was the spicy karaage – spicy broth topped with fried chicken (P280)

i loved the broth in this one. spicy but not overwhelming, enough to fully flavor the noodles and the chicken.

the other bowl we had was RBS #1 (P380), a bestseller according to the waitress. this one was loaded with stuff – the reason for the bestseller part i assume

in here was soft boiled egg, a whole bunch of pork slices, mushrooms, and some fish cake (like those squid bally ones). loaded. but quite manageable for one person.

i commented though that the number of toppings doesn’t really matter because the beauty of the dishes lies in the broth.

not yet quite full, we decided to order some gyoza, steamed (P150)

one bite and camille exclaimed “best gyoza ever!” i have to agree. it was light and delectable. perfect textures and flavors. the sort of thing i wish there were more of.

the restaurant is the perfect example of having a tight, clean menu and executing everything on it perfectly – rather than having too many items and risking some being mediocre. the attention to detail in ramen bar is so, well, so japanese. even down to their spoons which are designed to not slip into the bowl.

at P280-380/bowl, ramen bar is certainly not cheap. the servings aren’t even that huge that they’re automatically for sharing. but the overall experience is a good one and definitely worth trying many many times.


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