Summer is officially over and the rainy season is here to stay. The weather makes us want to curl up in our bed all day and just do nothing. Though everyone may not get the same comfort that Pluviophiles are getting during the rainy season, I’m pretty sure that we can all agree that now is the perfect time for warm soups, champorado, congee and of course, RAMEN!
Our favorite place to get this Japanese noodles is Ramen Nagi. Since this restaurant had been brought here in the Philippines, patrons are willing to line-up at their store just to get their bowl of ramen.
Once you enter the restaurant, you’ll immediately feel the Japanese vibe of the place. Every detail is intended to make guests feel the authenticity of the Japanese culture.
To start, you will have to fill out their Omotenashi sheet for your desired order. What we like about this is that diners can customize their own ramen by choosing the soup base, toppings, noodle firmness, spiciness and others.
You will have to choose the kind of ramen you want:
Original King (Butao) – Php 395.00
“Award-winning tonkotsu pork-broth prepared in the traditional method. Mouth-watering, rich, fresh and aromatic; special handcrafted noodles and classic Nagi pork chashu.”
Black King (Kuroo) – Php 450.00
“Fragrant blackened garlic and squid in a silky broth with succulent chashu; finished with a ball of minced pork, black sesame and Nagi Spices.”
Red King (Akao) – Php 450.00
“A striking blend of garlic, chili oil and cayenne pepper in a velvety-broth; topped by a tempting ball of miso-infused minced pork and special Nagi spices with tender chashu”
Green King (Midorio) – Php 450.00
“A fusion of fresh basil and olive oil with delectable tonkatsu broth in a truly unique combination; lavishly garnished with grated Parmesan cheese and richly marbled chashu.”
If you’re a first timer, I suggest that you try their Original King (Butao) just to be safe with your order. Black King, for me, is the best among the four. It may look weird and uninviting at first but once you taste it, the garlic infused with squid ink and rich broth will surely do the talking. Glaizle, on the other hand, often go for the Red King. This flavor is highly recommended to those who love spicy dishes. The right blend of garlic, chili oil and cayenne pepper in their rich broth will surely leave you wanting more. And as much as we love pesto, we never really tried their Green King yet. I heard some great reviews about it but I just don’t think that it matches my preference when it comes to ramen so I’ll just leave it there for you to try.
We suggest that you avail extra tamago (Php 60.00) and seaweed(Php 60.00). Though the extras may be pricey, you’ll realize that adding a piece of soft-boiled egg and seaweed to your bowl of ramen is definitely worth it.
It is best to enjoy their ramen with side dishes. You can choose from variety of sides including Chicken Karaage(Php 275.00), Pork Katsu rolls(Php 295.00), Curry Spring Rolls(Php 175.00), Aurora Shrimp(Php 395.00) and of course, Gyoza(Php235.00)! This one is our favorite, you can never go wrong with partnering your ramen with their flavorful gyoza.
To complete your Ramen Nagi experience, it is a must to try their Nagi Vanilla Ice Cream (Php 150.00). What made it special is that the sweet vanilla ice cream is served with two kinds of liquor.
So if you’re one of those people who had been wanting to try ramen but never really know which restaurant to go, then Ramen Nagi is the perfect place for you. You get to customize your ramen, get a serving size enough to warm you up and satisfy your craving, and lastly, you get to enjoy your first ramen experience with an authentic Japanese ambiance. Just make sure to bring your umbrella if you’re heading out to get those hot noodles! Happy Eating!