I have been planning to visit Ippudo since it opened but the line was so discouraging. I could never wait for over an hour just for a bowl of ramen while my tummy’s staging World War 3. I figured that in a month or two, the line wouldn’t be as crazy. WRONG. But last Friday, which happens to be a pay day Friday the 13th, there was no line at all. (Okay, it was 4 p.m. then.)
Finally!!! Hello, Ippudo!
First thing I noticed was the bar table perfect for solo diners. I think I just found my new favorite hangout place.
I was famished when we got there as I haven’t had lunch yet. So I decided to go for Shiromaru Motoaji Special (PHP480), Ippudo Pork Bun (PHP100), Ippudo Chicken Bun (PHP100) and Ippudo Hakata-Style Gyoza (PHP195).
First served was the gyoza.
It was served hot and it was juicy with a slight crunch on the fried parts. Yummy though it was more expensive compared to the gyoza of other ramen shops.
The chicken bun had a thick slice of boneless grilled chicken in teriyaki sauce. It was good but I prefer the pork bun. This one tasted like chicken teriyaki in a steamed bun (mantao).
Now for my ramen…
The serving size is good for one as there weren’t that much noodles but there were a lot of toppings. I enjoyed the kikurage (mushrooms) and bean sprouts as it added crunch to the ramen. I also liked my hard noodles. The pork loin was a tad bland but it was a good contrast with the salty tonkotsu broth. I fell in love with the soft-boiled egg as it was perfectly cooked! The soft and sweet chasu went really well with the dish as it added flavor. In short, it was a bowl of heaven.
It was one great meal! I will definitely be back to try the other dishes!
Ippudo is located at 3rd floor, SM Megamall Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City.