New Restaurant Alert: Ramen Kagetsu Arashi at Salcedo Village, Makati
Ramen just got more interesting.
Ramen Kagetsu Arashi
2/F Paseo Center, Paseo de Roxas, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Thursday, Saturday) and 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Friday)
(SPOT.ph) Apparently, Manila cannot get enough of ramen. Shops with bowls of warm noodles continue to pop up on an almost monthly basis, bringing our taste buds closer and closer to that authentic Japanese experience. When Ramen Kagetsu Arashi, which first opened in Tokyo in 1992, set up a branch at the Paseo Center in Salcedo Village, Makati, that goal just seemed all the more attainable.
The interiors are casual and typical of a busy ramen house. There is a menu board that showcases the variants currently available in the Philippines. For now, they are offering four of their bestsellers, a rice dish, and your pick of the usual trimmings and side dishes. The popular franchise boasts 120 varieties of ramen, the most famous of which is the Arashi Gengotsu Ramen (P295).
Arashi Gengotsu Ramen
The broth, like a lot of the other Japanese franchises that have infiltrated the Filipino market, is pork bone or tonkotsu. But, what sets this particular one apart is the strong garlic flavor. Not in an off-putting, "did-you-mean-to-put-a-whole-head-of-garlic-in-there" kind of way, but an aromatic, appetizing punch in the face (if there ever was one). Topped with tender, fatty char siu, bamboo shoots, scallions, nori, and half a hard-boiled egg-a bowl of this is as flavorful as it is satisfying. The menu encourages us to add a clove of fresh garlic, but even the hardiest of garlic lovers won’t find the need. It’s as perfect as it can be.
When you choose ramen at Ramen Kagetsu Arashi, your choice comes with a promise: to return for the other variants, such as the Arashi Gengotsu Ramen Sio (P295) and the Miso Ramen (P295). Those who like their noodle soup spicy would fall for the Arashi Gengotsu Barikara Ramen (P345), which was originally developed for their Singapore branches. It became so popular that Japan headquarters have decided on making it a permanent fixture on their menus as well.
Rice lovers would not be disappointed to find a version of teppanyaki fried rice-Teppan Itameshi (P295). The ingredients are tossed together tableside and you are engulfed by an aromatic smoke of buttery goodness.
Now that they are in the Philippines (thanks to a partnership between Tao Corporation and Globeat Japan), the franchise also plans on creating ramen varieties specially crafted to satisfy the Filipino taste buds. Compared to other ramen imports, Ramen Kagetsu Arashi is relatively inexpensive without sacrificing flavor. This is surely an easy hit as a quick working lunch or a hearty, rainy-day treat.