CHECK IT OUT: Kenji Tei in Greenbelt 5
Get slurp-happy at the ramen house’s new Makati branch.
3rd Level Greenbelt 5
Ayala Center, Makati City
Tel. No. 754-3098
Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
A new spot for ramen. Click for more.
(SPOT.ph) Kenji Tei’s new Greenbelt 5 outpost is a bigger, more swanky version of its humble BF Homes, Paranaque beginnings: sporting noodle-inspired wooden slats on the ceiling and the same unpainted concrete walls reminiscent of its first branch, the new dining space also echoes the common Japanese aesthetic of most noodles houses with its wooden tables, chairs and minimalist interiors. "The first store is much smaller," shares Kenji Tei’s Kenneth Kho. "The Greenbelt 5 store is how we envisioned Kenji Tei to become."
The Makati branch has been dishing out ramen bowls for fans who used to trek all the way to the South for a taste of the house specialty, but the straightforward menu makes deciding what to order easy even for the uninitiated. Kenji Tei serves several variants of ramen made from popular broth bases: shoyu (soy sauce), miso, meat broth, and shio (salt broth) with freshly made ramen noodles. Popular bowls include the Spicy Negi Ramen (P200), made with miso broth with bold flavors, just the right amount of heat, tender chasu (pork), and leeks, and the Chasu Miso Ramen (P248), made with savory meat broth. You won't find the Tempura Miso Ramen, a popular bowl at the BF Homes outpost, but Kho says the kitchen can whip up a serving upon request. Kenji Tei also makes their own noodles, one of the reasons why ramen bowls at this spot are worth slurping.
Feel like having more than a piping hot bowl of noodles? The Chicken Teriyaki (P160) and the Gyoza are both highly recommended. Kenji Tei also serves seasonal specials, which include the luxury fish, hamachi.
Photos by Seph Barretto and Trixie Zabal-Mendoza