Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ramen Like No Other - Ramen Nagi Philippines

Hong Kong's Butao and Tokyo's Ramen Nagi is now set to invade Manila. wahahah With its newly opened store at 5th Level. Sky Park, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.  Surely, this is another must-visit restaurants for the Ramen fans.

From the name,  this is definitely a Japanese concept store which mainly offers ramen. Though situated in a premier mall, the bunting, and the over-all interior will definitely give you the feel of Japan/Hong Kong streets.
Reg flags, Japanese font, and Crew that keeps on shouting Japanes phrases every now and then.
You can't own the whole table. If table is good for four person and they have a new customer, they will maximize the seats beside you. Winning a new friend indeed.
This is how you make your Ramen like no other at Ramen Nagi.
  • Pick your order of Ramen. They say Butao King is their best seller, but I'm quite curious about the black colored soup (Black King), that's why I ordered the black one :)
  • Customize the taste of the soup base. Add or lessen the richness of taste, special sauce and garlic.
  • Select your toppings. Pick your cut of pork and garnish.
  • Adjust the level of spice with Butao home made fire sauce.
  • Choose the firmness of the noodles.

 Keep yourself clean while sipping the soup with this disposable bib. :)

Taaadaaa... Ramen Nagi Black King... Very tasty and delicious. The back color of the soup is from the ink of  squid which gave the ramen soup a very distinct texture.
**Black King price SRP - P410.00 only

Customizing Butao King.
Here's the Butao King --very creamy pork broth soup for those who want light soup. You can add spices and condiments if you want to make the taste more rich or heavier.
** Butao King SRP- P390.00

Other ramen add-ons like seaweed, green onions, cabbage, kikurage, noodles, and pork are also available.
And look at how the eggs are perfectly done...
Note that they implement no take out policy. Ramen will not taste good if not consumed immediately, according to them. Well I guess, partly it has psychological effect also as you really need to eat it in there to complete your "Ramen Nagi" experience.

Initially you will feel it's expensive but once you tried, you'll know its worth it. I was not even able to finish my bowl of Black King.

One thing I just don't like about this restaurant when I visited it,  I find it too noisy, maybe I just had a headache that time and I was really annoyed by the staffs who keep of greeting and shouting. On the other hand, good thing I understand that from the point of view of the marketing it's really important to give the customers a total brand experience. Kudos! on that part. :) lol

Ramen Nagi
SM Aura Premier

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Seashores of Batangas

It feels like summer one more time. Sea, Sand and Sky combined together makes a truly beautiful scene. Laiya, San Juan Batangas is an easy access to escape the crazy city of Manila. Its only a two to three hour drive from the city with lots of affordable resorts to choose from. and of course food to try!
 Walk along the seashores and hop on resort to resort, explore the beauty while trying some of their delicacies. Some of them are common to your kitchens but with a twist. 

In Isabela or to Ilocanos, we call this Lauya or paksiw na pata ng baboy in Tagalog. However, Lauya doesn't have tofu and chili which makes Batangas' version of paksiw a little different. The tofu as extender perfectly absorb a bit of the sour taste while the chili neutralizes the taste of the pork. I will try to make my own version of this at our province hehehe... This was from Kabayan Resort at Laiya.

Then guess what are those??? At first sight, I thought those were suman... 

This is their version of what we call Bucayo. It's a sugar coated sun dried coconut meat. the bucayo is on a coconut leaves shapes in a rectangular box with dividers inside where the food is in between. Nothing so fancy about the bucayo, its very normal taste but this one has a different texture. It juicier probably brought by the packaging.

And of course the famous Lomi guisado and Lomi of Batangas.
If the guisado is the dry version. Here's the lomi with soup.

Lomi are best taken with raw onions and toasted galic in soy sauce.

Sometimes, basic cuisine gives us the best feelings! It's not the fanciness of the meal that makes our tummy happy, its the discovery of something unique on what we eat.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wonders of Maginhawa -- Gayuma ni Maria

One famous food hub in the metro is the streets of Maginhawa at UP village Quezon City. This is the new hub --well, the latest for what I know have rows of different restaurants which caters new recipes, new concept and some restaurants you can only find in this street.

Wonders of Maginhawa street Episode. 1 : Gayuma Ni Maria

Handa ka na bang ma-gayuma?
Gayuma (Magnet) is a word which we normally correlate with witchcraft, spell or a potion to get the attention of the one you love.  Though the place is themed as witch house it’s still cute and conducive for eating and bonding.

Gayuma ni Maria is one of the most talked about hole-in-the-wall restaurant along the streets of Maginhawa street which offers sandwiches, pasta and cakes and pastries. Dishes on their menu are branded differently. Set and ambience is totally crazy... Who would want to eat in a witch house? hahaha not until you visit this food hub...

Their menu offers different kind of branding and some dishes which are very different. Browse more and you'll find out why....

I personally love the "Tunay na Pag Ibig", which sounds interesting. The "Tunay" was derived from the main ingredient of the meal which is "Tuna".
** SRP are subject to changes without prior notice.

While waiting for them to serve your order, you may ask them for some FREE services offered like fortune telling, also check out their souvenir stuffs. 
Fortunately, they served a different sandwich so I got the chance to take a photo of their "Me on Top"-- Chicken and Pork adobo sandwich with fried quail egg served with fries. Choice of whole wheat or plain pan de sal. 
We'll at least we got to try the fries and a bit of the adobo... wahahaha before we returned it back.
Here's the Tunay na Pag Ibig meal. Crazy that I assume the the yellow part of the sandwich is a thick cut of cheese but guess what??? Its actually a medium riped mango. Something very new to me, because quarter cut med ripe mango was never a garnish of a sandwich. Well at least for my experience. 

Then we had the No Boyfriend Since Birth-- Shellfish with this perfect blend of pesto and cheese? who needs boys?

For dessert, we had two chocolate cakes, which I don't recommend you guys doing, at least, when you want to have a taste of their best sellers, don't order both choco based cakes. Have choco and at least fruity tasting to lessen the "umay" factor.

This is their True Love cake. Its a moist chocolate base cake with a crinkles on the bottom and whip cream on top drizzled with chocolates.
Since their famous "Beats Sex Anyday" is not available during our visit, we ordered the "Tall Dark Chocolate" cake. Its a triple chocolate cake with moist pastry base layered and topped with dark chocolate. In fairness, the chocolate toppings taste like hershey's dark choco.  Not sure though, If this is made from scratch material.

Tall and Dark Choco cake SRP: P125.00 only per slice.

Thanks to Katrina for introducing me to this restaurant...
Overall assessment, Gayuma ni Maria offers a quite interesting  comfort cuisine. Pasta and pastries are something we always crave for that definitely this restaurant delivers with a kick. Taste and twist of their menu makes you want to try everything but of course, one at a time :)

Here's the math of what we had.
Tunay na Pag Ibig: P185.00
No Boyfriend Since Birth : P225.00
 True Love: P95.00
Tall Dark : P125.00

Definitely, I want to go back to try other menu. How about you, would you dare to be "GAYUMAtized"???