Not really a fan of Ramen but it’s still great to at least try one. Recommended by a friend, we tried Mendokoro Ramenba in Makati, and I wasn’t disappointed!
Mendokoro Ramenba opens at 11:00am and serves until the 80th bowl for lunch and 100th bowl for dinner which starts at 6:00PM.
It can only accommodate a number of people at a time but Ramen lovers are very eager to wait until they can seat and be served.
I ordered Shio (my friend’s recommendation) which was served freshly cooked minutes after a seat was assigned to me. It has a very tasty and milky soup and firm noodles. It is best to sip the soup while it’s hot! The meat is also very tender. One serving is more than enough, I’m really full after eating.
The place resembles authentic Ramen houses in Japan. Their staff are very courteous and attentive, they will ask for your number immediately and assign you to a seat once there’s available. They also constantly shout some Japanese words in Japanese tone—I guess it’s “Welcome!” and “Thank you for coming”, since I always hear it when someone comes in and is done eating.
If you’re in a group, expect that you will not eat together, it may be done in batch. You may request that you sit together if you’re in a group of 3 but you have to wait for 3 chairs to be vacant first. People are not allowed to eat that long since other people will also have to eat (We’re hungry too!).
For a first-time Ramen eater, this is definitely 5 stars for me! I haven’t tried their other meals but I bet they are good as well!
Seat at the far end of the table so you could see how the staff prepares the food.
Mendokoro Ramenba is located at: Ground Flr., V. Corporate Center, Soliman St., Salcedo Village, Makati City