Ahh, the ramen. One of the most famous staple food of the Japanese people. Next to the yogurt, milk tea, Belgian waffles and cronuts, the ramen has been making its way to many Filipino stomachs. Japanese Ramen is becoming quite a fad, not only to food enthusiasts, but to many business owners as well.
Of course, when it comes to culinary cultures, authenticity is very important. That’s why a lot of ramen “houses” has been sprouting all over the metro. Ajisen Ramen is the one of first ones within miles in the Sto. Domingo/Banawe area in Quezon City.
The place was spacious and it had a good ambiance about it. However, Renz and I always come at an afternoon time so its rare for us to chance upon the lunch or dinner crowd.
Upon being led to a table, a waitress will ask about your preference of tea. Whether you like it hot or cold. I’m not one for cold tea when trying to have authentic Asian food so I always go for the hot tea (or maybe its just the chinita in me lol).
They offer a great deal of ramen choices and a wide range of different Japanese dishes. But between Renz and I, we could only order so much. Perhaps on our next visit 🙂
Now, for what every reader has been waiting for when reading food reviews; the actual food pics!
I found this to be very delicious because the soup was really rich. Though I added a little spice just to satiate my palate.
When you feel like your Ajisen Ramen is a bit lacking in the pork bbq department, then this is the bowl for you. It adds 4 more pork bbq topping.
The seafood ramen was good, but I found it to be a bit “malansa” for my taste. But the soup has a different taste from the Ajisen. So I’m thinking maybe it had a different soup base? Anyway, the soup saved the dish for me.
Renz declared this one to be the best of them all. Even though it didn’t have a lot of toppings except for the egg and the imported beef steak, this was definitely his favorite.
Their kani salad was nothing special, but if you want to have some appetizers first and would like to stick within a budget, then this is for you.
To summarize, yes. I would surely comeback to Ajisen Ramen! I want to try some of their other dishes and whatnot. Their ramen is one of the best I’ve tasted so far. Just thinking of their rich ajisen soup base and fresh noodles is making me salivate right now!
Only, try to come when there’s fewer people because they can be quite understaffed. When we were in the middle of the meal, about 3-4 more groups of people came in and they only had about 2 waitresses working. Their prices are quite high though reasonable, so if you want to stay within a budget, keep in mind that they also have service charge.
Thanks for reading,
- Ajisen Ramen – (en.wikipedia.org)
- Ajisen Ramen: Serving Heavenly Ramen since 1968 – (www.wheninmanila.com)
- Ajisen Ramen: Sto. Domingo branch – (nonpareilmoxy.wordpress.com)
Ajisen Ramen (Sto. Domingo/Banawe)
43 Tirad Pass cor. Sto. Domingo St.