My Top 5 Ramen Restaurants as of 2021

Ramen is a favorite comfort food of mine. Whenever I crave for something or can’t think of anything to eat outside aside from fast food, I would go for Ramen. It’s comforting and appetizing as it is without getting extra add-ons.

Having tried different versions from food events, socials, or random food trips, I have on my list the best Ramen I have tried in the Metro. This is the same list I’d recommend to people looking for the quality Ramen. Please note that this is based on my personal preference and experience and is not influenced by top vlogs or blogs.

Top 5 – Ramen Kuroda

Ramen Kuroda lies on the cheaper range of Ramen restaurants. I’ve had this often in Venice Grand Canal Mall which is near my workplace. I didn’t expect that with the starting price of 200 bucks, the quality and taste of the Ramen are spot on and can compete well with the famous Ramen joints I know. And the price is already inclusive of the Tamago egg! The broth can be a bit fatty, but still savory. The meat proportion is also tender and not too thin or small, hence justifying the acceptable meat standard for Ramen. My favorites in their selection are Shiro Ramen (Tonkotsu) and Aka Ramen (Spicy Tonkotsu). I find the Kuro Ramen (Tonkotsu with Garlic) too strong for my taste. They also have the set meals that includes a smaller bowl of Ramen + Japanese rice bowls for only Php 340 up.I’ve tried this twice (haha, I can be matakaw like that) and I’d surely recommend this to those with huge appetites. If you want to indulge in good tasting Ramen but you’re on a budget, Ramen Kuroda is the place to go.

My blog: Affordable Yet Winning Ramen at Ramen Kuroda McKinley Hill

Branches: https://www.kuroda.ph/location

Menu: https://www.kuroda.ph/menu

Top 4 – Ippudo Philippines

I’ve tried Ippudo several times in Uptown Mall. As an international brand, you’d expect this restaurant serves authentic, Japanese-style Ramen. And true enough, this well-known Ramen chain is not famous for nothing. The dominant red tones and oriental accents of the resto give that “Japanese vibe” that adds to the Ramen experience. And as a high-end Ramen restaurant, it’s already given that the menu is quite expensive. The budget per person starts at Php 500, not including side dishes or appetizers. I would dine here during “nakakaluwag-luwag” days, haha! What about the quality and taste of the Ramen? I could say it’s still worth it based on the serving! They did not scrimp on the ingredients and serving size of the pork. The broth is not overpowering with fat. The saltiness is moderate. I have tried Shiromaru Motoaji (Original Tonkotsu) and Karaka-Men (Original Tonkotsu with Spicy Miso).

My blog: Ippudo Ramen: A Ramen Champion

Branches: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ippudoPH/locations/

Menu: https://www.ippudoph.com/

Top 3 – Ramen Nagi

Ramen Nagi is not only known for its best selling Ramen, but also for its flexibility of customizing the noodle texture, meat portion, and spice level of the broth according to the customer’s preference. It will always remind me of a special person who introduced me to Ramen Nagi that it has become one of my top favorites. It’s a frequent order during dates. At first, you’ll get confused and intimidated how to customize your order, but you can always ask the server. I’d always stick to Original Butao – Pork Shoulder (no spice).

My blog: Ramen Nagi: My December Comfort Food

Branches: https://ramen-nagi-signa-makati.myshopify.com/pages/locations

Menu: https://www.zomato.com/manila/ramen-nagi-bonifacio-global-city-taguig-city/menu

Top 2 – Mendokoro Ramenba

I’ve been to its BGC branch only and every time, there’s always a long line. Dining here always comes with patience together with the other persistent diners waiting to be seated. While waiting, you can entertain yourself watching how the chefs prepare their masterpieces in an open kitchen, quietly simmering the broth or pressing the Gyoza. Mendokoro keeps things simple and straightforward with the limited items in the menu but each Ramen proves itself as a worthy contender, never outdoing the others in terms of taste and quality. The broth is rich in taste; savory, milky, and velvety. The chashu is never to be underestimated with its tenderness, and this grilled pork belly adds another depth of flavor to the broth. My favorite is the Shio (original Tonkotsu). There are times though, that I find myself resting in between before I finish the entire bowl because one, it’s too heavy; second, you can drown in the Umami taste. Nevertheless, it will still be among my top Ramen restaurants.

Menu: https://www.facebook.com/pg/mendokororamen/menu/

Branches: https://www.facebook.com/pg/mendokororamen/locations/

Top 1 – Ramen Yushoken

Yes, it’s the sister of Mendokoro Ramenba. I’ve experienced dining in Molito, Alabang, where the long line of customers is also a very common scene. And it’s not overhyped — people wait patiently for a reason. The taste, quality, and serving is the same with Mendokoro. The only difference is that Yushoken has more selections in its menu. What I like about Yushoken is the availability of Chicken Karaage in the appetizers because Mendokoro has the Gyoza only. A visit to the South would never be complete without dining here. People from far places go to Yushoken to experience the best-tasting Ramen.

Best Pairs for Ramen

Ramen is not complete without having these sides: Gyoza, Chicken Karaage, and Tamago.

Cheesy Gyoza from Ippudo
Gyoza from Yushoken
Chicken Karaage from Yushoken

Conclusion

So, there you have it! Although I’m still open to appreciating other Ramen restaurants that are less-known, these top 5 would stay on my list. Based on what I have enumerated, these are the consistent elements that I always look for when rating Ramen: taste of the broth, texture of the noodles, and the tenderness of the pork. Do you have the same picks as mine? Which Ramen in the above list is your best bet? Let me know if you can recommend other Ramen restaurants I haven’t tried.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Yuri says:

    Don’t remember the last time I had ramen. For me, the ramen nagi looks good to me because of the meat and broth. I’ve always had a thing for broth. I don’t know why. lol. The Yushoken is worth a try too.

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  2. Janella Herrera says:

    I agree that Ramen Nagi is one of the best! I could even finish 2 bowls in a day if I had the chance. Haha! It’s been so long since I dined for ramen, though. Brings back a lot of happy memories with my family.

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    1. Haha glad to know it’s one of your faves too. 😊 Yeah, those family memories hehe

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  3. Veeyah says:

    Nooooo! I was planning to just grab some chips from the kitchen for a snack when I saw this! Nakakatakam! It’s been so long since I had some good ramen and my mouth started twitching upon seeing the images! Good to know we can eat affordable but delicious ramen here! Ramen Yushoken is… delightful.

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    1. haha kamiss mag Ramen kahit ang init ng weather naten! 🙂 thanks for reading.

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  4. Blair villanueva says:

    I miss enjoying a good ramen. Apparently, it is not something that is always available in the countryside. You list reminds me how awesome the ramens in the Philippines.

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    1. Yeah, hopefully I can taste one from Japan one day!

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  5. Sammy Jassy says:

    I love exploring some foreign foods like reamen,, I got a strong cravings after I read this article lol.. but somehow, thank you for these must try recommendations 🙂

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  6. Misskhae says:

    Yung wala sana akong balak talaga mag dinner tonight but then eto pa nakita ko 😥 HUHUHU And I hate the fact that there’s no ramen place dito sa Dipolog. By the way, that ramen from Ippudo Philippine looks very delish sobrang perfect sa weather pa ngayon. Mapapakain nalang yata ako siguro maya ng cup noodles huhuhu

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    1. Aww.. hope you can dine one day sa Ramen restos dito sa Manila. And kahit dito mainit, gusto ko pa din kumain ng ramen. hahaha! Yeah, Ippudo is one of the best.

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  7. 2/5 pa lang ako. You must try Caution Hot din!!! HEHE recommended namin yon pati yung kuchay dumplings nila. Super gusto ko i-try yung Mendokoro, ang layo lang kasi samin. HUHU pag talaga okay na ang lahat, yan ang una kong target.

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  8. I’ve only tried mendokoro from this list, but I can’t wait to go ahead and try the other items here in the blog. I love ramen and I haven’t had non instant ramen in forever huhuhuhuhu

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    1. haha yeah me too! it’s been a while since I had my last ramen, mga august last year pa yata. kagutom tuloy. lol.

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  9. Polly Amora says:

    Ok, this article is making me uber hungry. I totally agree that Mendokoro Ramenba has the best ramen in town (especially the miso-based). Sadly, I haven’t had any since last year and I “tried” to make one but… Anyway, I’m also a fan of Ramen Kuroda’s Aka Ramen and whenever I’m in Taguig I always drop by (and order the same thing over and over and over hahaha).

    PS: There’s this lowkey Japanese Resto at Pioneer Centre in Pasig City – Takashi (Tan-Tan Ramen… Oishī!)

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    1. uy thanks for the reco! haha sorry na, kain tayo 🙂 I haven’t tried the miso-based, lagi ung tonkotsu

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  10. iamraediant says:

    I have to be honest, i haven’t tried these yet! Only Ramen Nagi is here but we haven’t tried it. One of these days! I will! 🙂 thank you so much for the recommendations! I also like gyoza as side dish!

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    1. Aww, ang sarap pa naman kumain ng ramen sa baguio dahil sa weather. try ko nga minsan nagi jan 🙂

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  11. Ippudo pa lang nakakainan ko sa nandito! yung mendokoro ang maraming raves nun eh. super bet ko matikman kaso di ko pa nachichempohan. parang mapaparamen ako nito bukas ah. meron kasing neighborhood ramen dito eh hahaha

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  12. hyejin says:

    Ramen is one of my favorite food but it sad nagclosed na yung resto kung saan ako kumakain due to corona. From your list parang gusto ko tuloy lumipad ng Pinas para matikman din lahat yan.

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