Seriously? Another ramen joint? I don’t know how it happened but in the space of a year, ramen has become a cult food and the insatiable appetite of those chasing authentic ramen has fueled an ever-growing lot of ramen restaurants. One of the latest to open is Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen at the new and still largely empty East Wing of the Shangri-La Mall.
I have no idea if the ramen here is a Fukuoka specialty but they do things a bit differently here. A hearty “Irrashaimase” greets you as you enter. It’s pretty authentic as they have a couple of Japanese nationals manning the kitchen. The interiors are bright with lots of blond wood. It’s a bit noisy if the place is full as there are no softening elements.
After placing our orders they asked us how we wanted our noodles. Eh? That’s a new one. Apparently it refers to the doneness of the noodles, much like steak. So you can have your noodles hard, soft, or normal. We asked for their recommendation and they said hard. OK, so we’ll go with that.
The menu has maybe a dozen different ramens to try but the chef’s recommendations are highlighted and so we chose those. We also had a couple of traditional ramen accompaniments: gyoza and teriyaki chicken wings.
The gyoza was good but the wings were great. Cruchy paper-thin skin in a sweet teriyaki glaze. Both these starters cost around P 150.00 each.
The menu offers about a dozen ramens but the recommendations are highlighted so we opted to try two of them. Jocel went for the Ajitamago tonkotsu which she enjoyed a lot.
I went with the rather intriguing Black garlic oil tonkotsu which looked like industrial waste sludge but which was also excellent with bold earthy flavors of the garlic.
Both ramens cost P 380.00. The noodles are on the thin side and although we were not able to compare hard vs soft vs normal noodles, the hard noodles recommended by the staff turned out fine for us.
Ikkoryu is definitely worthy of being included as a stop for those going on a ramen pilgrimage.
Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is located at the 5th Floor, East Wing, Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong City. Tel 4778333