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Ramen Hopping to Ikkoryu Fukuoka

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Ramen restaurants are all the rage in Manila. Not sure how crazy it is in other Asian cities, but nowadays, it's not uncommon to hear of a new ramen house emerging out of nowhere with people arriving in droves to check it out.

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is one such ramen place. In fact, its establishment coincided with the launch of Shangri-la Mall's new wing (side note: finally, they renovated!).

I learned only today that Ikkoryu Fukuoka is actually a franchise. Prior to this, I only heard about the place from Instagram and Facebook posts from friends and colleagues; the impression I got was that it was another visit-worthy ramen place to explore.

Today, since my officemates and I were in the area, and had a window in between two meetings, we decided to give it a try.

When we entered, this was what we saw: wooden tables with bright red chairs, and wooden panels separating the dining area from the cooking area (housed in glass).

You can watch the ramen preparation through this glass partition.

View from our table. All around the resto ran the wooden panels.

Meet Abi (art director) and Isa (copywriter)!

Close-up of the Japanese characters on the wooden panels.

I ordered the Chasyu Tonkotsu Ramen (PhP 380). I prefer shoyu-based ramen when trying out a new restaurant. It was flavorful and the meat was tender, but I felt it lacked a punch.

Good thing there are condiments on the table. I added some chili and more soy sauce to my ramen 'til it met my taste preferences. Ideally, though, a good ramen doesn't need seasonings or condiments.

Isa's Ajitama Tonkotsu (PhP 380). Like me, she needed to add a bit of chili to give it a little kick, but she was happy after that.

Abi's Spicy Tobanjan Tonkotsu (PhP 380). She didn't need to add anything; she was a happy camper with this really flavorful dish.

Excluding the lady on the phone (LOL), here are Carol, MD, yours truly, Tricia, Abi, and Isa. Unfortunately, none of us remembered to take photos of the Gyoza (PhP 150), but we ordered three platefuls, each with six pieces.

Verdict: The ramen was good, but I was expecting more (especially since it's a legit Japanese franchise). Perhaps because the restaurant is still in its early days, it has more room for improvement.

I'm glad to know, though, that there are more and more ramen houses to try. As a huge fan of ramen (and I haven't been to Japan; I'm dying to go!), this makes my tummy happy.

My next stops should be Hokkaido Ramen Santouka (in Glorietta 4) and Ramen Yushoken (Molito, Alabang).

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen
5th level, East Wing
Shangri-la Mall

(Special thanks to MD, Isa, and Abi for sharing some of their photos.)

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