Ever since Ramen restaurants have been popping up in Metro Manila, Tim and I seem to always have a reason to just give it a try. Usually, when one of us has the flu or had a stressful day at work, a hot bowl of Ramen soup would do the trick. Even on a slightly rainy day, while strolling inside the mall, we end up craving for Ramen lol.
Now, we’ve declared Friday nights as Ramen night and most of the time we spend the start of our weekend after work at Bonifacio Global City. It’s practically a great place to roam around and find a lot of great places to eat. On this particular Friday night we decided to try out Ramen Nagi, which is located at SM Aura. We’ve heard quite a few good reviews so we just had to check it out for ourselves.
I never really remember the names of the Ramen dishes and somehow in every Ramen joint, they have a different name to their dish but then sometimes the names on the menu would seem familiar. Tim and I would always go for the safest on the menu and that’s usually their best seller or the bowl of Ramen with slices of pork meat in it. So far, we find that ingredient to blend well with all the spices served in a bowl of Ramen soup.
Ramen Nagi offers just a few dishes all of which have their distinct flavors and besides that, you get to lessen or add more flavors to your selected Ramen. Your served with a sheet with the four basic Ramen dishes offered; the BUTAO KING, the classic, BLACK KING that’s more on the seafood side, RED KING for those that love it spicy and GREEN KING for a more touch of green veggies to it.
We decided to go for the classic since, you get to choose the ingredients and condiments just to meet your taste. Tim and I love it with a lot of flavour to it but not too intense that it ends up too salty already. For our soup base we decided to go stick with normal for the richness of the taste and garlic but extra heavy on the special sauce. Shoulder for the pork because leaner though belly usually gives out more taste to the dish and green onions for our veggie selection. Then when it comes to spiciness, it should not go over board, just a little kick especially when we share but if we had separate orders Tim would go for the mild and i’d go for extra spiciness, he can’t take the spiciness but he’d pretend he loves it spicy for me haha chivalry ain’t dead yet especially when it comes to Ramen lol! 😀
Last but never the least, if the bowl of Ramen does not come with a soft boiled egg or Tamago which they call it in Japanese, we would order as a side. You can add more of the other ingredients to your liking oh and before I forget, they would also ask how you would like your noodles and we pretty much love it soft.
Our Ramen date will always be partnered with Gyoza, an pork dumpling that’s dipped in a special sauce. At Ramen Nagi, the Gyoza was really worth every bite, just the way we love it, a little crunch on the side but soft at the same time, meaty and so flavorful as you added its special sauce to it.
As for our Ramen, it may look bland in the picture but it was perfect, the right amount of saltiness and sweetness to it and a little kick from the spiciness and the pork slices were tender and the softness of the noodles just made all the ingredients seep through it and every sip was delicious. It was rich and very filling plus a little more texture to the soup, add the soft boiled egg as it yolk partly mixes with the soup base giving it a little more thickness.
On the side, they have other condiments which you could add to your order. It would really depend on you love your Ramen, some love it mild a little close to bland, some wants a lot more meat or really spicy as for Tim and I, we love it rich and flavorful!
Overall, what we love at Ramen Nagi, is the freedom to somewhat make our own Ramen base, adding as much toppings as we want but if you just want it simple, you could simply select from the four soup bases and it would probably taste as equally amazing and don’t worry if it’s your first time, the staff is very approachable, they would walk you through the sheet on how to get the kind of Ramen you want.