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Top 10 Ramen Restaurants in Metro Manila [Incomplete List]

List of best ramen according to A Not-So-Popular Kid
List of best ramen according to A Not-So-Popular Kid
This blog post is dedicated to highlight the top ramen places I've been to. I know I may be a little late in coming up with this list, but I wanted to have my own documentation as well of the best ramen places here in the metro.

Note, however, that I don't have a clear criteria or basis for this ranking. As a result, I just banked on my own judgment as well as how great I felt with the bowl of ramen I had in coming up with this list. Also, if you want to see a more detailed review on the ramen place, just tap or click on the name of the restaurant just before the image.

Last update date: October 17, 2015
1. Ramen Nagi
The famous Black King Ramen of Ramen Nagi

Ramen Nagi offers a lot of flavors in its bowl perfected with a playful yet flexible kick depending on your preference. What makes Nagi number for me is the combined greatness of the broth, the noodles and the heavenly tender meat. On top of all, I perceive the ramen here as "balanced".

LocationMultiple branches
What to order? Any of the King Ramen Series (i.e. Butao King, Green King, Black King and Red King) -- the Green King is my personal favorite.

2. Kichitora Tokyo
Paitan Ramen Zenbu no Se - Kichitora

Kichitora Tokyo Ramen House will surely catch you off guard with its tremendously great Paitan ramen, and just like in Ramen Nagi, the Paitan's greatness of flavor is well-balanced allowing you to finish the bowl done to its last drop.

LocationSecond Floor, Glorietta 5, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
What to order? Hokkaido Spicy Miso Ramen and Paitan Ramen Zenbu no Se

3. Ramen Yushoken
The insanely guilt-full Karai Tokusei of Ramen Yushoken

Ramen Yushoken showcases more of the traditional ramen, but what's different here than in Ramen Nagi is the availability of the tsukumen as well as the cold noodles or soba. The main reason as to why this one placed no. 2 is the overwhelming bold flavors of the dish. Too much intake got me too tired of the taste. Despite such claim, I won't deny the greatness of the ramen and tsukumen here!

LocationMolito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
What to order? Tokusei Tsukumen, Karai Tsukumen and Miso Ramen

4. Mitsuyado Sei-Men
The highly flavorful Tan Tan Ramen of Mitsuyado Sei-Men Ramen

Making a true comeback, Mitsuyado Sei-Men didn't appeal to me during the first time my first dining experience when I had the Double Cheese Tsukumen. However, I felt like I needed to give it a second chance, and luckily I did! I just love their relatively new Tan Tan Ramen as well as the well-balanced Miso Tsukumen.

Location: Jupiter Street, Makati and Blu Bay Walk, Pasay City
What to order? Tan Tan Ramen and Miso Tsukumen

5. Mendokoro Ramenba
The traditional Shoyu Ramen by Mendokoro Ramenba

I am not quite sure as to why I didn't enjoy Mendokoro the way I imagined it to be. Perhaps it was because of the excessively bold flavors that triggered something within me -- something like an alert button that me pause for a while, and re-think whether the dish is healthy considering the multitude of flavors. Regardless, I enjoyed the ramen here in its traditional form.

LocationGround Floor, V Corporate Center, 125 L. P. Leviste Street, Soliman St, Salcedo Village, Makati City
What to order? Shoyu Ramen

6. Tsukumo Ramen
The Cheese Ramen of Tsukumo Ramen

If you want to try out something unusual or a ramen that will refresh your taste buds, you may want to check this unconventional ramen place! Cheese lovers will indeed find this ramen delish!

LocationGround Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
What to order? Marukyu Cheese Ramen, Gyoza

7. Ippudo Ramen
Karaka-men by Ipuddo Ramen

This may surprise you because Ipuddo is often in the top 5 of other blogs or websites, but I just did't find it really great enough to carve a space in my own top 5. Well, of course, I still liked it here because of the great tasting broth!

LocationGround Floor, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
What to order? Karakamen, Pork Buns

So far, this is all the ramen places I deem to be worthy to be part of the list. I wanted to include Ramen Cool (read more) in here (due to its relative goodness and immense affordability) as well as Ukokkei (but only for the Tantanmen), but I don't think they are fit to be included in the Top 5 position.
Also, here are the list of those that I already tried but unfortunately didn't make the list.

Anyway, I'm still building this list, so I'm definitely open for your suggestions. Hopefully, you'll drop some comments and share your favorite ramen places!

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  1. You should try Tamagoya, Ippudo and Ikkoryu as well :)

  2. Thanks for those suggestions Michy! Haha! I'm a late bloomer when it comes to ramen. :D

  3. Yes, haha, but I can't remember how I felt, and I forgot to bring my camera. Haha! :D

  4. Everyone should try SIGEKIYA RAMEN at commerce center in Alabang.Very good taste and and very challenging spiciness!


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