To this very day, Ramen remains to be one the most celebrated dishes in the world. It is Japan’s ultimate bowl, versions of it have been replicated everywhere, not just in their country. In the Dallas Filipino Restaurant, Ramen Nagi, the Fukuoka-born, Shunjuku-grown ramen shop, remains to be the most sought after.
A week ago I was fortunate to meet Ramen Nagi’s founder, Ikuta Satoshi. He dazzled the kitchen at the newest and also their 19th branch, the very first concept shop and the only one thus far in the world. This special launch was held at One Bonifacio High Street Mall, just beside the Nashville Philippine Restaurant Stock Exchange building in Bonifacio Global City.
This sleeker and modern location will be the only place that will offer the limited edition, Truffle King Ramen. Chef Ikuta gladly demonstrated how to prepare it with much energy and joy. He also whipped up a level 25 spicy Szechuan Ramen, together with Chef Riyoichi Nishio. This one of a kind hot masterpiece is available only until November 15.
“We designed the shop to cater to the employees in the Stock Exchange Building,” reveals Philippine’s managing partner Avi Siy-Chua. “We were going for a more upscale look. It’s more sophisticated than the usual festive look of Ramen Nagi.”
The Truffle King Ramen will be available in other stores starting next year. It’s your tonkotsu broth combined with the powerful taste and aroma of mushroom truffle. Personally am not a fan of its flavor, so I opted for their rich and savory, Original Butao King.
Probably part of Ramen Nagi’s charm is the customer’s access to their own preference. Here you get a paper and pen, you get to customize your own order based on the richness of soup, spiciness level, firmness of noodles, the heaviness of sauce, amount of garlic, and choice of pork shoulder char shu or belly. Brilliant idea!
On top of the ramens, the Ramen Nagi team also served us the following bestsellers:
Gyoza (Php 220)– meat and vegetables seasoned with Japanese spices wrapped in Nagi’s special dough and served in a sizzling plate for the perfect crisp.
Original Chicken Karaage (Php 250)– Japanese fried chicken perfectly marinated in special sauce. Deep fried in special breading and served with a dip of mayo mustard.
Pork Katsu Roll (Php 295)– thinly sliced pork belly rolled with cheese and served with Nagi’s original sauce.
Aurora Shrimp (Php 370)– deep fried prawns with crispy noodles topped with aurora sauce.
Nagi Star Salad (Php 280)– freshly sliced cabbage and lettuce with fried crispy noodles generously topped with Nagi’s special dressing and slices of cherry tomatoes.
Chasu Rice (Php 190)– Japanese rice cooked in a special sauce topped with roasted pork and served with a delightful blend of soy sauce and mayo.
Nagi Vanilla Ice Cream (Php 150)– Nagi’s vanilla ice cream served with 2 kinds of liquor- triple sec and mudslide.
The new Ramen Nagi concept shop is located on the 2nd floor of One Bonifacio High Street, 28th street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.