New on the Menu: Ramen Bar at Tokyo Tokyo

A bowl of noodles would hit the spot right about now.

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( The reaction when Tokyo Tokyo announced their Ramen Bar in October 2012 was a collective, "It’s about time!" Where most Japanese joints focus on one aspect of the cuisine (i.e. katsu, sushi), Tokyo Tokyo, the biggest Japanese fastfood chain in the country, successfully manages to house all of them under one roof, especially now that they have bowls of steaming noodle soup coming out of their kitchen.


Tokyo Tokyo’s ramen are less detailed and more lenient than those we see at specialty restaurants; you won’t see anyone being turned away at the door. They’re fast, affordable, but the preparation is nonetheless intricate. The tonkotsu broth is boiled for 24 hours, absorbing everything it can from the base ingredients of pork and herbs while the ramen noodles are freshly made to give it that nice chewy spring. The ramen come in three options: braised pork cutles that are melt-in-your-mouth tender; juicy chicken with spicy-sweet teriyaki sauce; and crisp and subtle shrimp tempura.



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The servings are noticeably smaller than the giant portions we’re used to, but Tokyo Tokyo just drives home the fact that ramen was intended as a snack, a fleeting comfort from heartbreak or the cold. The Ramen Bar is available in 20 Tokyo Tokyo branches with 30 more opening in the second half of this year (just in time for the rainy season). They’re available in snack portion (P99) and full size (P150).

Manila branches with ramen include Trinoma Mall, SM Southmall; Net Lima, The Fort; SM Megamall; People Support, Ayala Avenue, Makati; Greenbelt, Market Market, SM Fairview, SM North EDSA.

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