Missing Ippudo's Ramen? You Can Get It Delivered to Your Home

And Yabu's katsu, too!

(SPOT.ph) Much as the quarantine has encouraged most of us to cook, there are some things that are more difficult to recreate by yourself—such as Ippudo’s rich ramen and Yabu’s crunchy-but-tender katsu. Save yourself the disappointment by getting your fix straight from the source. If you’ve been missing their food, you’ll be happy to know that these restaurants now deliver in the Metro. 

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Ippudo has reopened their Ayala Malls The 30th and Uptown Mall branches, while Yabu has reopened their Ayala Malls The 30th, UP Town Center, and Glorietta 2. Their offerings are also available from the SHG Central Kitchen in San Juan.

By May 11, both restaurants will be on GrabFood, but for now, you can contact the open stores via Viber, then pay via BPI, BDO, or GCash, and arrange curbside pickup or your book your delivery courier of choice. The best part? If you preorder between May 5 and May 8 (pickup dates will be from May 8 to May 10), you can get 20% off your order!

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Imagine relaxing at home with this warm bowl!
PHOTO courtesy of Ippudo Philippines/Gabby Cantero

From Ippudo, you can’t go wrong with the Shiromaru Motoaji (P390), or their original tonkotsu ramen. It placed first in our 2016 Top 10 Ramen Places in Manila list for good reason—the meats are tender as can be while the broth is creamy and flavorful. Feel like leveling it up? Go for the Shiromaru Special (P495), which comes with slow-cooked pork belly chashu, tamago, ajikikurage, negi, and nori. If you prefer your ramen with deeper flavors, try the Akamaru Special (P499), which has their tonkotsu broth plus pork belly chashu, miso paste, garlic oil, tamago, ajikikurage, and nori. And for some heat, try the Karakamen (P405), or Ippudo’s spicy tonkotsu ramen. To assure you get the best experience even from home, Ippudo serves the noodles, toppings, and broth served separately so you can reheat the broth and pour them all over the other components.

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There's just no katsu quite like Yabu's.
PHOTO courtesy of Yabu/Gabby Cantero

From Yabu’s end, you can now get your hands on the Rosu (P390) or pork loin katsu. It’s also our favorite of its kind in Manila, thanks to its extremely tender interior and distinctly crunchy breading unlike any other. A leaner choice is the Hire (P405), or pork tenderloin katsu—don’t let its leanness fool you though, it’s every bit as flavorful as its pork loin counterpart. Seafood lovers will want to try the Salmon (P555) or Prawn (P500) katsu, while those looking for a spicier, saucier bite can try the Chicken Katsu Curry (P380). The miso soup, sauces, and other components are packaged in separate bags for reheating via microwave or stovetop.

Japanese ramen joint Ippudo was established by Shigemi Kawahara in Hakata, Japan in 1985. They arrived in our shores in 2014, and won over the Filipino audience with their hearty and rich-tasting ramen bowls. On the other hand, Yabu is a tonkatsu restaurant that opened in 2011, helmed by Chef Kazuya Takeda of Tonkatsu Takeshin—a.k.a. one of the best tonkatsu restaurants in Tokyo.

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For orders from Ippudo, contact 0919-074-4564 (Ayala 30th), 0919-074-4560 (Uptown Mall), or 0998-990-7292 (SHG Central Kitchen). For more information, check out Ippudo Philippines’ Facebook page.

For orders from Yabu, contact 0929-742-6357 (Ayala 30th), 0919-074-4572 (UP Town Center), 0999-887-1401 (Glorietta 2), or 0998-990-7292 (SHG Central Kitchen). For more information, check out Yabu: the House of Katsu’s Facebook page.

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