Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I'm sure everybody knows that ramen is a really big thing right now. With the sudden boom of ramen houses, it gets harder and harder to decide which offers the best ramen in Manila. Ramen Nagi, since it opened in SM Aura, has been very popular in social media, especially in Instagram, in which the most commonly posted picture is that of a sheet of paper on how you'd like to customize your ramen.
The first time I planned to have dinner here, I was 30th-something in line and was forced to choose another restaurant for practicality purposes. They don't allow phone reservations so if you're planning to eat here, make sure to arrive early, especially when you're dining on a Friday night or a weekend. The dining area is bit small compared to other establishments so they can't accommodate a lot of people at a time. Expect also that the place is a bit cramped and noisy due to the number of people inside.
There are five choices for the ramen: butao king (original), black king (shown in photo above), red king (haven't tried this), green king (tastes amazingly like pesto), and limited king (curry-based, spicy!).
The black king is very thick and rich with flavor. Expect that you'll get full more easily with this ramen because its soup base is heavy. I think this is one of the most popular because of its unexpected color.
If you're not into spicy food, do not order the limited king. Even if you choose 'no spice' on the customize-your-ramen sheet (called the Omotenashi sheet), the soup base is spicy on its own.
The butao king. This one tastes a bit bland compared to others, but delicious nonetheless.
There's an additional fee of P50 for every piece of egg (tamago) served with your ramen.
I prefer my noodles hard or extra hard to have that al dente consistency.
Their house tea tastes like coffee and tea combined, and is strongly addictive!
Ramen Nagi is located at SM Aura Premier and SM Mall of Asia. For more details, click here.