New Restaurant Alert: Mendokoro Ramenba in Salcedo Village, Makati
The owners of Ramen Yushoken opened an entirely new concept in Makati.
Shop 18 V Corporate Center, Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Opens today, December 8
(SPOT.ph) Owners Elbert Cuenca (Elbert's Steak Room, Elbert's Cheesesteaks) and Ryan Cruz hinted at a new ramen house in social media, but it was far from what people were expecting-a Ramen Yushoken branch in Makati.
Mendokoro Ramenba takes on a different handle. "Mendokoro's menu is more concise-we will be serving purely ramen with a few of the usual side dishes," says Ryan. "The set-up is also totally different. We chose to do this bar set-up because we wanted to offer the best ramen experience possible." He shares this story of when he was eating a bowl of ramen at a well-known joint in Japan, the chef/owner started to look uneasy as Ryan complimented and droned on and on about the bowl set down in front of him. It was later explained to him that it is important to consume your first slurp within 15 seconds the ramen is served. Otherwise, you do not experience the bowl at its best.
The bar seating
The open kitchen
In Mendokoro, all these priceless seconds are conserved as the chef prepares your bowl right in front of you. We can already imagine the line outside the 25-seater, but Ryan shrugs off accusations of a gimmick. "This is nothing new. We are just bringing the Japanese ramen experience at its most authentic. This is how they do it over there."
Amid the Shio (P360), Shoyu (P390), Tantanmen (P440), and Miso (P440), Ryan raves about the varieties of tsukemen (dipping ramen) the most. He loves the Karai Tokusei (P470)-spicy pork broth, ground pork simmered in chicken broth, chashu-for its bold, "rock star" flavors. The thicker noodles are the perfect vehicle for the rich, spicy sauce.
At the other end of the spectrum is the brightly flavored Hiyashi Chuka (P410) or cold ramen. Shrimp, pork, kani, and shreds of egg omelet accompanied by skinny slices of cucumber and carrots top the cold, firm ramen. Douse it with their vinaigrette and ponzu sauce-a smidge of spicy mustard if you want-and you have yourself a light and relatively healthy meal.