Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ramen Girl in Manila: Ramen Nagi

Whenever there are long lines, my expectation for great food gets higher and higher. And a handful of restaurants disappointed me to the point of me sulking as I felt that I just wasted time and energy to line up and endure a grumpy tummy. But there are also those worth-the-wait restaurants (though of course, it would have been so much better if there’s no line) like Ramen Nagi.
Hello, Ramen Nagi a.k.a. popular-ramen-place-people-go-gaga-over!
We arrived a bit past 11:30 a.m. and the place was already full of hungry people. We had our names listed but we had to wait for an hour to get a table. No. We just cannot wait for an hour with really grumpy tummies. (Plus it was really hot and uncomfortable that day.) What we did though was go to the nearest restaurant, have a few bites and hurry our way back to Ramen Nagi for lunch #2 (click here for lunch #1). Yes, that is the life.
We were number 5 from the list when we came back and we had to wait for another 15 minutes to get a table. Luckily, we got one inside the store and not along the hallway which was very narrow and crowded with other people waiting for their tables.
T and I decided to share a bowl while M and A had their solo share. T and I decided to go for the Black King (PHP410) while M went for the Green King (PHP410) and A got the Ramen Nagi special, Truffle King (PHP700).
For a full ramen house, service was very quick. Our orders arrived in less than 10 minutes and I was still busy appreciating the interiors then. (They have ramen bowls as wall accents!)
T and I took a few pictures of the food and immediately split it into two. I love that the ramen was so fragrant. I guess the blackened garlic really has a strong aroma. The soft and sweet chasu (we chose pork belly instead of shoulder) was such a delight too and the calamari ink made the dish apt for Black Saturday. I also enjoyed the hard noodles as I just hate soggy noodles! (Note: No kissing after this!)
A’s bowl has a lighter taste but it sure was yummy too. I just find the price a bit too steep for a bowl of ramen. Then again, truffles are pretty expensive. I guess if you really love truffles, then this will surely delight you. But this one is limited and A almost didn’t get a bowl herself when we visited.
M didn’t say much about his bowl but he finished it in record time so I’m guessing it was great!

I’ll definitely go back for more and probably try the other two flavors and perhaps the special too if it is something I find interesting.
Ramen Nagi is located at 5th Floor, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

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