(Robinson Place Manila, Pedro Gil St. Cor. Adriatico St Ermita9
I must confess the photo could have been better. The reason its a trainwreck is because Ramen Nagi is one of the best Ramens on earth, and after a month in the Philippines eating disgusting under-seasoned, over-cooked, fatty, depressing crap I literally dug in before taking out my iPhone. Classic mistake.
Needless to say, Nagi do it right. I have eaten Ramen Nagi in Manila and Taipei and both were on point. Rich, well balanced Tonkotsu Broth, a delicious egg (which was on a side plate) and melt-in-your-mouth Chashu pork. Their spicy broth is actually hot too which adds a different dimension to an already fabulous meal.
(4490 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102)
Las Vegas is a place I never really wanted to go, but 2 friends were in LA at the same time and we thought it would be morbidly fun to do a "boys trip" to the fake city and see where we ended up. As usual on the way there I furiously read blogs and reviews about the best ramens in town and Ramen Sora seemed to tick all the boxes. Jan and I took an Uber out there, in what seemed to be the dodgy part of town. Thankfully the Uber stopped right outside and we could hustle in before anything untoward happened.
I ordered the house special and it was thankfully top notch. Excellent deep, rich broth. Great noodles that still retained a bite to them, juicy pork and menma and a slightly over-cooked egg.. but we'll forgive them that one.
Definitely worth taking a walk to the wild side in Vegas to this spot.
(Level 3, Century City Mall,, Makati)
As I was waiting for my Macbook to get fixed I ended up staying in Makati a lot longer than I hoped to. The only positive was that I managed to find an exceptional Indian restaurant, a very decent burger and a competitor to Ramen Nagi as the Philippines best Ramen.
This is most definitely not the faint hearted. Its Fukuoka style. Heavy, Christmas-dinner rich, broth. fatty pork and a delicious egg rounded off a superb bowl of noodles. The place was quite hip looking, up on the 3rd floor of the mall and there were a lot of Japanese people groaning and grunting as they tackled the hot beast.
Most definitely worth a detour if you are craving a bowl of godliness in a country of utterly sub-par food.