November 16, 2019

Ramen Daisho Now Open at Assembly Grounds Makati and with 50% Off on Ramens!

I don’t how many times I’ve said how much I love Japanese food and it’s on top of my fave cuisines ever. I actually like almost all Japanese dishes that I’ve tried since I was introduced to this said cuisine. My most vivid recollection of me eating Japanese food was when I was in third grade. My mumma used to work for an international trading company in one of the buildings in Rada Street, Legaspi Village in Makati.

When it was just me and my little sister, during weekends we would go with our mumma to where she works half day during Saturdays. After which we will eat at this known Japanese restaurant just outside Greenbelt which is now occupied by Mc Donald’s. That restaurant used to be a mid-ranged Japanese resto but now has “downgraded” into a Japanese fast food chain to somehow reach a wider scope of clienteles. But thanks to that brand, I got to appreciate Japanese cuisine and its art form.

If you’ll ask me, ramen isn’t my go-to food when I want to eat something Japanese. I would usually crave for some katsu, donburi, sushi or sashimi.  I don’t know, I’m just that kind of a person who likes soupy dishes (well, except for Sinigang na Baboy or Salmon, that’s another story and I can live off of those). Though once in a while my palate yearns for some good and hot bowl of ramen. But most definitely, it’s a subject matter that you shouldn’t be asking me about. Let’s just leave it at I love Japanese food, yet ramen is something that I still have to find a liking to and appreciation. As ramen is just like any Japanese dish that has a lot of effort and put into it.

There are a handful of ramen places in the Philippines, complete from low to mid to high range. I have only tried low and mid-range from a couple of brands and just last weekend I got to discover Ramen Daisho at their newest branch that will be having a grand opening this Thursday, October 17, 2019 at The Assembly Ground in Malugay Street Makati City. Ramen Daisho literally means noodles that fly high. Ukokkei Master Chef Funatsu Yasuhiko is the man behind all the well-crafted ramens and other dishes offered at Ramen Daisho.

So far Ramen Daisho has three branches in the cities of Mandaluyong and Makati where you can get authentic ramens and other Japanese menu entries. They have 3 types of noodles and 4 kinds of soup base which you can customize by adding side dishes and toppings of your choice. During our visit at their newest branch at The Assembly Grounds, we got to try 5 variants of ramen:

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen – Hakata-style straight noodles in rich, milky pork bone broth soup

Miso Ramen – Curly noodles in soup broth with a blend of the finest selection of Japanese miso with chashu

Shoyu Ramen – Thin, flat noodles in soup broth with a blend of the finest selection of Japanese soy sauce with chashu

Cold Zaru Ramen – Thin, flat ramen noodles on a bamboo strainer with chopped leeks, wasabi, and soft-boiled egg. Served with sesame seeds in a cold dipping sauce.

Hakata Garlic Abura-Men – Hakata-style straight noodles marinated in a special sauce, served without soup.

Aside from those delish ramens, we also tasted their non-soup well-loved mainstream dishes like the following:

Japanese Beef Curry – savory and hearty Japanese beef curry recipe made with beef, potatoes, carrots, mushroom, and Japanese curry roux

Gyoza – steamed and then lightly fried dumplings filled with ground meat and vegetables and wrapped in a thin dough

California Maki – vinegared rice with kani, mango and rolled inside-out on crab or fish roe

Ebi Mango Maki - vinegared rice with battered shrimp, mango and rolled inside-out on crab or fish roe

Ebi Tempura Tower – succulent tiger prawns coated in a thin batter and fried until lightly crisp

Edamame – boiled or steamed young soybeans in the pod, blanched in salt

Kani Salad – delicious seafood with Kani, mango, tomato and mixture of veggies

Yakibuta Chahan – fried rice made with grilled seasoned pork loin, egg and leeks

I have to say, I really need to get into this ongoing ramen craze and familiarize myself because there's really more to ramen that I actually know aside from the usual and basic noodle + broth + chasu. I really love the Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen and the Hakata Garlic Abura-Men. The Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen had a thick creamy soup with just the right amount of saltiness. I would usually go for the Miso Ramen, but I find their Miso Ramen a little too salty for my liking. Thus, among the ramen with broth my winner is the Tonkotsu hands down. I’m not really a fan of cold dishes and this isn’t the first time that I tried cold ramen and not also the first time that I didn’t like it. I don’t know perhaps it’s just a personal preference as I know a friend who enjoys them like how much she enjoys cold soba. As for the Hakata Garlic Abura-Men, goodness gracious! I have nothing but love for this type of ramen! I mean where have you been all my life? Hello, I wish I could have met you sooner! So, I could have eaten a lot of you more! This was easily everyone’s favorite on our table.

For the other dishes that we try, they were all pretty good. How can you not love gyoza, sushi, tempura? That’s a no brainer! Or I just love Japanese food way too much? I don’t know. The Japanese Beef Curry had very tender beef, it’s just that I’m not just so into this type of curry, nonetheless it was still delish! But, that Yakibuta Chahan is something else! It was so tasty and packed with flavor that if you serve me that and just gyoza I’ll be happy camper (or you be generous and give some ebi tempura to go with that).

Drooling already? Well, guess what, these ramen flavors and more will be on 50% OFF on Ramen Daisho’s  Grand Opening Day on October 17! So, if you're a ramen fanatic who works or lives or studies near and around this area it's something that you shouldn’t miss this week! So, don't forget to drop by The Assembly Grounds this Thursday!

G/F, Assembly Grounds at The Rise,
Malugay Corner Tindalo St. San Antonio,
Makati City

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
 Ramen Daisho Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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