Right behind those huge glass doors is a quaint little ramen shop which, despite its nondescript appearance, is always garnering so many customers daily. Mendokoro Ramenba is a relatively new ramen shop located in Makati’s hip and fancy Salcedo village. If you have been to Alabang’s famous Ramen Yushoken, then this is pretty much the same thing. And for those who haven’t stepped foot inside Ramen Yushoken, like myself, then we’re in luck – At least we’ll finally get to see what the hype is about, without having to travel a bajillion miles away from home.
Not much going on with the interior – Then again, I guess this is the restaurant’s way of gently reminding you that you came here for the food, not to ogle at pretty decorations.
Here’s the menu. They like to keep things simple.
Okay, so here’s what you have to do the minute you step inside the restaurant – You line up at the counter, give your order, and pay up. The person at the counter will hand you a slip that tells you where your seat is located, along with your order. Since there’s only one huge table found in the center of the entire restaurant, you’re going to have to wait a while before you can get seated.
Gyoza. One of the best ones I’ve ever tried, probably because of the fact that I got to see this dish prepared before my own eyes.
Tantanmen for dad. According to him, the broth didn’t have enough spice in it, plus it was too oily.
Mom had the Shoyu ramen.
I had the Shio ramen. What’s so surprising about Mendokoro Ramenba’s ramen is that the noodles are quite chewy and thick (not as thick as udon, though), as compared to the ones served in other ramen joints. It almost felt like I was eating Chinese noodles instead. But this, plus the milky taste of their broth and the fresh ingredients, is most likely the reason why Mendokoro’s ramen stands out from the rest, and will most likely occupy a spot on my ‘top 10 ramen joints’ list.
Three extra pieces of Chashu pork. Look at those grill marks, though! These fine slabs of roasted pork, along with the gyoza, compliments the ramen nicely.
According to some blog posts that I have read about Mendokoro Ramenba, the dining experience here is just about as close as you can get to an actual Japanese ramen shop. I’m really glad that the owners of Ramen Yushoken decided to open up a restaurant here, so we can at least get to see what it’s really like. I’ll be sure to come back to have another bowl of Shio ramen too.
Food: 5/5 (taste) 4/5 (presentation)
Mendokoro Ramenba is located at V Corporate Center, Soliman St Salcedo Village, Makati. Tel no: (02) 215-1751. Links: Facebook.