Shinjuku has always been known as a Makati institution. This place has been around waaaaaay before Manila experienced their ramen boom, and has attracted lots of foreign customers, mostly Japanese expats and tourists. And there’s a good reason why – Shinjuku serves authentic ramen, and has the same vibe/ambiance as fellow Makati resto Tsumura, and even Tok-yu in Kapitolyo.
Menu: Robatayaki, Tsukemen, Ramen, Cold noodles, Udon and fried noodles, Gohan mono, A la carte, Teppanyaki, Soup and salad, Sushi, Drinks and desserts
Ordered something different this time and had the Chicken Tsukemen, aka dipping noodles. The noodles were served pretty cold, but the soup was piping hot. The chicken strips tasted pretty decent, even though they do remind me of those frozen ready-to-cook chicken nuggets that you can get at the grocery store.
Ebi Chahan – Fried rice with shrimps, vegetables, and egg. I gotta say, it looks slightly different from the picture on the menu book…
Manten Ramen, which had a shoyu soup base, crabsticks, shrimp, squid, pork and veggies in thick sauce.
Biggest pieces of Gyoza I’ve ever seen (so far). LOVE IT.
It was a good meal, but I’m a little bit underwhelmed with our dining experience here… I guess I expected a little bit too much, especially since their Makati branch has always been a constant favorite amongst Japanese food fanatics. Oh well. At least I’m thankful that I got to try what this restaurant had in store.
Food: 3.5/5 (taste), 3/5 (presentation)
Shinjuku Ramen House is located at Grace 1 Bldg, Katipunan Ave Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Tel no: (02) 288-4729. Links: Facebook.