10 Under-the-Radar Places for Ramen in QC That You Need to Know About
Every day is ramen day.
(SPOT.ph) Ramen in ramen restaurants is obvious. If you’re tired of the usual, you can look beyond those and find a soul-warming bowl that’s just as tasty in places that aren’t necessarily known for the Japanese noodle dish. In Quezon City, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find these 10 not-so-obvious spots for great ramen. You’ll be slurping your bowl clean in no time!
Japan Fudo Street
With their minimalist interiors and walls peppered with Japanese posters and paintings, this restaurant will give you downtown Osaka vibes. The eatery is reminiscent of food markets prevalent in Japan, complete with Japanese knick-knacks on display and a variety of menu items like sushi, yakitori, takoyaki, donburi, and more. A first-time visitor might be overwhelmed with all the choices, so we suggest you zero in on their flavor-packed noodle soups like the Tonkotsu Miso Ramen (P390), which is characterized by its rich miso-based broth, or the Grilled Chicken Ramen (P350) that has a slightly charred taste and smoky aroma.
Japan Fudo Street is at Japan Town, 4/F Ayala Malls Vertis North, Quezon Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
With more than 10 variations of ramen, there's no doubt you’ll be able to satisfy your noodle cravings at Ramen Cool. Price points are spot on considering that the serving sizes are pretty generous. Some unique choices are the Chicken Karaage Curry Ramen (P275), Kimuchi Ramen (P275), Salmon Miso Ramen (P395), and Black Garlic Chicken (P335). But their menu also highlights the Nabeyaki Ramen (P300), which has a sweet soy-sauce base and is topped with chicken, shrimp, tempura, and vegetables. The cool thing about it is they make the noodles from scratch so it has that homemade, al-dente bite to it.
Ramen Cool is at G/F West Life Building, West Avenue, Project 7, Quezon City.
No wonder this small eatery is making waves among Japanese-food aficionados—unli-ramen is a big come-on, after all. But even without seasonal promotions, their ramen can make any foodie happy since all noodle bowls are served with piping hot soup and hand-pulled ramen noodles. Ramen Shokudo is the place to go to for Yokohama-style ramen. It’s hard to beat the classic and light soy-sauce based Toriton Shoyu (P360), but for something spicy, go for the Toriton Tan-Tan Men (P380), which mixes sesame paste and a spicy secret sauce to an already creamy broth. One slurp and you’ll know they took time to perfect their rich pork and chicken broth.
Ramen Shokudo is at 401 Banawe Street corner Maria Clara Street, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City.
The ramen selection at this new Quezon City restaurant may be a bit sparse, but don’t disregard it just yet as their dishes might surprise even the most discerning palates. Their traditional Shoyu Ramen (P280) is for those who want a lighter base, while the Tonkotsu Ramen (P290) is ideal for people who prefer rich umami broths. Both basically have the same toppings: Chashu, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, narutomaki or fishcake, and fresh spring onions. What sets them apart, however, is that the Shoyu Ramen has aji tamago, while the latter has mayu or black garlic oil. They also serve Tantanmen (P320) for those who can’t live without a little heat.
Ohayo Maki and Ramen Bar is at 30 Granada Avenue, Villa Ortigas II, Barangay Valencia, Quezon City.
You'll find Japanese elements in nearly every corner here—there’s a little nook for you to read from their wide selection of manga, or you can try your hand at kendama, a traditional Japanese toy. It’s an interesting way to pass time as you wait for your order. Aside from their usual ramen variants like the Shoyu (P350), they have recently expanded their menu and added new flavors like the Kimchi Ramen (P380), where the broth is infused with kimchi and topped with thin slices of pork, tofu, and egg. For those with small appetites, Go-en also just introduced their D’Lite bowls, which start at just P198, and are served in smaller, snack-like portions.
Go-en is at Unit B1 Jardin De Zenaida, 34 Sergeant Esguerra Avenue, Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City.
From rice toppings and sushi rolls to ramen, there’s something for everyone at this cozy homegrown resto. You might be tempted to order their colorful Tuna Sushi Pizza (P312), but don’t miss out on the Chuukara Ramen (P310), which has a special beef-based broth and is topped with spicy ground pork, pork tenderloin slices, green onion, buttered corn, and tamago. The corn kernels give a sweet contrast to the umami soup, while the irresistible sweet-spicy combo will have you slurping to the last drop. Meanwhile, for something different, try the Hiyashi Chuka Ramen (P268) where cold ramen noodles, corn, cucumber, kani, and tangy Japanese sauce complete the dish.
Jipan has branches at Glorietta 4, Makati City; Estancia Mall, Pasig City; ATC Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City; UP Town Center, Quezon City; and Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City.
Happon Ramen House
One of the best things about this hidden gem in Maginhawa is that no bowl of ramen is over P200. And if that’s not enough of a draw, we don’t know what will. Their hearty Chicken Paitan (P198) features a milky-white chicken broth, while their Spicy Curry (P198) is laden with a lot of aromatic spices. You can order these à la carte or opt for a more filling meal with the combo version (P248), which comes with a bowl of your choice of ramen, gyoza or karaage, and a cup of steaming white rice.
Happon Ramen House is at 143 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
This quiet Japanese restaurant in Banawe has an extensive menu that has all the usual favorites. Share a meal made up of sushi, yakimono, and udon so you can get a little taste of everything, but if you’re here for some belly-warming ramen, go for the Chasyu Men (P310) especially if you’re a big fan of butter-soft chashu. You can also sample the Ankake Ramen (P310), a thick noodle soup cooked in seafood, mushrooms, and fishcake. You might want to keep this whole bowl all to yourself if you’ve got a big appetite.
Oedo is at 105 Santo Domingo Street corner Sergeant Alcaraz Avenue, Santo Domingo, Banawe, Quezon City.
Here, meals come with unlimited rice, but if rice isn’t your carb of choice, grab a bowl of some good ol’ ramen. Go for their Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen (P150/small, P185/large), which has a creamy, almost gelatinous pork broth that's cooked for 15 hours. Spicy food lovers are in for a treat because diners can also pick the heat level of their ramen—choose from Mild, Hot, or Hell. We don’t know about you, but we’re keeping a cold glass of water nearby.
Takeiya is at G/F Doña Zenona Suites, 54 Maginhawa Street corner Mahusay Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Combining traditional and modern Japanese design, this restaurant-slash-bar can easily shift from an inviting diner during the day to a chill hangout at night. Their selection of sushi rolls and aburi are plated like works of art, making them almost too pretty to eat. They also have a lot of ramen variants to choose from, but don’t leave without trying the Black Tonkotsu Ramen (P310). The creamy tonkotsu-based broth is generously topped with chashu slices, shiitake mushrooms, leeks, soft-boiled egg, and black sesame oil. Pair it with one of their Japanese draft beers and you’re all set.
Soru Izakaya is at 140 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.