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Mendokoro Ramenba in Salcedo Village - Makati's Yushoken Ramen

Mendokoro Ramenba in Salcedo Village, Makati City
Mendokoro Ramenba in Salcedo Village, Makati City
I've been hearing about Mendokoro for the past few months, and since then I wanted to give it a try. However, due to its far proximity from where I work, we usually get discouraged from checking it out. One day, I received a comment from a dear reader asking for insights regarding the place, and because of that, I got more motivation to try it out.


The limited seats in the Mendokoro Ramenba in Salcedo Village, Makati
The limited seats in the Mendokoro Ramenba in Salcedo Village, Makati
There was nothing fancy about the interior but it was undoubtedly brilliantly designed. It featured a slightly oval shaped table where all the staff are at the core. This makes it easier for them to assist all the customers. Unfortunately, due to the small interior space, Mendokoro can only accommodate 21 customers at a time.

Hence, we still needed to wait for our turn. To burn some time off, we opted to have our photo taken.

Emil Ong, Gerric Gener, Myles Sia and Renz Cheng - Mendokoro
SGV goes to Mendokoro Ramenba - Emil, Gian, Myles and Renz
Note: I'm fond of immortalizing great memories with friends, so pardon me, and I hope you don't mind. *wink*

Shio Tonkotsu Ramen || P360
Shio Ramen of Mendokoro with the brilliantly designed soup spoon
Shio Ramen of Mendokoro with the brilliantly designed soup spoon
Mendokoro Ramenba's Shio Tonkotsu Ramen
Mendokoro Ramenba's Shio Tonkotsu Ramen
Containing a clearer broth than the Shoyu Ramen, the Shio Ramen was flavorful but had a saltier overall taste. Regardless, it was a great take on the "traditional" ramen.

Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen || P390
Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen of Mendokoro
The cleaner and better ramen - Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen
The Shoyu Ramen had a more suave taste than the Shio. The highlight of this ramen dish was the very richly flavored meat that had this intense deep flavor that awakened my senses.

Tantanmen Tonkotsu Ramen || P440
The Tantanmen Ramen of Mendokoro Ramenba
The Tantanmen Ramen of Mendokoro Ramenba
The Tantanmen Ramen had this strong flavor coming from the combination of peanut, miso and sesame oil. Unfortunately, these components didn't seem to head on to a uniform direction. Despite so, it was still considerably nice.

Miso Tonkatsu Ramen || P440
The Miso Tonktosu Ramen of Mendokoro - Makati's Yushoken
The Miso Tonktosu Ramen of Mendokoro - Makati's Yushoken
The Miso ramen had this overwhelming intensity of flavors as well that had a peculiar lemongrass-like/herby aftertaste. It admittedly appealed to me at first, but later on, I gradually got tired of the taste.

Renz Cheng, Gigi Malit, Emil Ong, Gian Gener, Myles Sia, Francisco Lumbres
A Not-So-Popular Kid with the Valuation team and Boss FAL in Mendokoro Ramenba
It was notable that common in all ramen dishes was the goodness of the noodles. They were fresh, firm (yet quite enjoyable) and tummy-filling! Actually, the two things where Mendokoro is pretty good at are (1) the noodles and (2) the smoky tang of the tonkotsu

Mendokoro Ramenba- Overall Ratings and Summary

Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings apply solely to this dining experience.
Place ★★
Taste  ★★★☆
Service  
Value for Money ★★☆ 
Budget: At least P360 each  for the cheapest ramen, the Shio Ramen

Overall, I find Mendokoro's lean collection of ramen interesting with the intensely rich flavors. However, I found the taste rather overwhelming leaning more towards the saltly side, and this made me feel less healthy as I slurped Mendokoro's ramen. In view of this, I still go for Ramen Nagi (read more) and perhaps Mitsuyado Sei-Men (read more).

I admit that this is highly arguable, but this is just my two cents. Let me know what you think!



How about you - do you recommend this place?


Mendokoro Ramenba
Location: Ground Floor, V Corporate Center, 125 L. P. Leviste Street, Soliman St, Salcedo Village, Makati City

Contact No.: (02) 215 1751

Store hours: Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays)
Lunch - 80 bowls starting at 11:30 am
Dinner - 100 bowls starting at 6:30 pm

Service Charge: None (included in the prices already)
Reservations are NOT accepted


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