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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dreaming of Japan with Ippudo

Wherever you go, no matter what country it is, Ippudo will always have a long line of eager people to taste their ramen! Definitely, the ramen craze is strong in the Philippines right now which is why chains have been opening almost everywhere! A few weeks ago, I was finally able to try Ippudo here in Manila on my last visit to Robinson's Place Ermita. Also lucky, no line that time! Read on to see if all the hype was worth it!


No lines brings tears to my eyes. I don't think this could ever happen in their Megamall branch. I also find it quite interesting that it was located right next to Tim Ho Wan which is just as notorious for having insane queues!

The interiors are pretty much the same as any other branch - even abroad! I love how they made the spoons and red bowls on the wall the iconic feature of the restaurant.

I got the Akamaru Shinaji with Tamago (A super slightly salted soft-boiled egg). Before I went to Hong Kong last July, I read up on reviews and this is the one a lot of people recommended. It makes me really happy that wherever you are, the Akamaru Shinaji tastes like it always does: creamy broth with the light fragrance of garlic oil; surprisingly quite balanced. (Eat the egg with the soup! So good!) The best part is despite its slightly oily look, the soup is not overwhelming at all. Even my mom - who has never really liked ramen - would always say that the exception is Ippudo. Haha!

Definitely though, I'm pretty sure all Ippudo branches worldwide could not possibly compare to the real thing you can enjoy in Japan. My friend who's absolutely obsessed with Japan will always remind me how nothing could ever compare to Ippudo in Japan. Siya na talaga. LOL

The restaurant also gave us this free sample of the upcoming "limited edition" dish on their menu, the Gyokai Ramen! Thankfully, just one bowl because all six of us were already super full at the time! Haha!

The Gyokai Ramen uses semi-curly noodles as opposed to the usual soba. It's topped with slices of bamboo, tonkotsu, chives, and a lot of other delicious stuff. The soup is a combination of pork and chicken and feels thicker than the Akamaru Shinaji. In terms of taste, the Gyokai Ramen is definitely salty and creamy. Super perfect for comfort food, especially on a rainy day! However, if I were to choose, I'd still go for the Akamaru Shinaji. Can't go wrong with either though!

It's really no surprise Ippudo is such a hit everywhere. Great food + great place + free Wi-Fi + great service. Such a winning combination that I hope they can keep it up! It was refreshing to see such a proactive staff. (Everyone was so nice and ready to help!) Can't say enough good things!

Ippudo is located at SM Mega Fashion Hall and Robinson's Place Ermita.

13 comments:

  1. I haven't tried Ippudo but I've seen so many reviews! I just couldn't bear eating ramen with the kind of weather we've been having, lol.

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  2. I've been rearing to go to Japan since last year! I hope to be able to finally get things done by next year and spend spring or autumn there. I love Japanese food! I always find myself in the Japanese station of buffets. :-)

    - Claire Algarme

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  3. I've grown to love Ramen lately because some of my friends love it. I'll tell them to try ippudo too.

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  4. I've been into Ramen since I was enthralled by the dishes shown on different Anime. Nice Review on the different Ramen that they offer, they look delicious.

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  5. I like Ippudo ramen. its springy and the broth is so tempting.

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  6. I like Ippudo ramen. its springy and the broth is so tempting. There are a few branches here in my country.

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  7. Oh gosh I'm drooling over the photos of ramen. I haven't been to Japan so these ramen spots will do for now!

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  8. Ramen is hit and miss. Some expensive ramen places are not really that good for its price. However, there are some cheaper ramen places like Ramen X which really hit the sweet spot for me.

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  9. I love Japanese Ramen all the time and Japs cuisine are great. There are lots of Japanese restaurants around Manila area.

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  10. Haven't tried Ippudo yet because it's just too expensive for one bowl. But the interiors really look lovely with the feel that you are in Japan so I really hope to give this a try even once soon.

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  11. The Gyokai Ramen seems more my cup of tea. All of the food looks delicious. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  12. OMG, how on earth I never heard about this delicacy. It sounds really great! I would love to be there in Japan and try it there. Great post!

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  13. i love love love Japan. If I can be reborn in another country, i would totally pick Japan or Saudi Arabia, Morocco or Sweden. <3 <3 idk if i can eat here tho. coz i have to eat halal.

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