For the past years, we've seen a number of food items that have taken Manila by storm. It have made people crave about it, line up for hours for it and sales of these items zoomed up to the high heavens. Such food trends include the year when practically everyone in town were suddenly so in love with milk teas, this was actually such a hit that a number of coffee shops even tried to create their own versions too. Then there was a time that there was a surge of Mexican food stops opening here and there. Even J.Co donuts on its own got everyone craving for donuts once again. Visit one of their branches and you'll surely understand I'm talking about.
Since the 2nd half of 2012, I had a feeling that a new food craze is coming to Manila and for this one, I sure hope and pray it stays for a longer time.
Enter the Year of the Ramen.
On the ramen front, while restaurants like Ukkokei Ramen Ron have been around for some time; it's only lately that a lot more joined the club. Given that, us, Filipinos are lucky to be able to be introduced to more kinds of ramen. Who would have thought that there's actually more than one! Back then, we're all used to the typical Hokkaido ramen that's best served with a thin slice of butter and some sweet corn. That combination makes the soup so rich, creamy and extra tasting. In my succeeding entries, I'll show you that there are other kinds of ramen available in the market and they're equally just as yummy!
I've been here three times -- the first was upon an invite of a friend, the second was an impromptu lunch date with Mommy and Paul and the third was last Friday dinner with our dear friends Jean, Karl and Sophie. Mitsuyado Sei-Men opened just a few months ago yet word about this restaurant has spread like wildfire that we found ourselves on the wait list despite arriving pretty early for dinner time. Luckily, the turn-over's quite fast so expect to wait just about 10-15 minutes. I'm not sure if they do take reservations but if you're planning to go with a big group, I suggest you try to give them a call to check if this is possible.
Tsukemen means "dipping noodles". Unlike other ramen where you have your noodles incorporated into the soup, tsukemen serves the noodle separate from the soup and the toppings. It's a fun way of eating ramen as you can actually control how "wet" you want your noodles to be.
I love the relaxed vibe of the restaurant and service was pretty good too. I'm glad that Mitsuyado Sei-Men is finally in Manila and I hope they'd open more branches soon.
Mitsuyado Sei-Men is located at 22 Jupiter street, Brgy Bel-Air, Makati City. Call them at 511-1390.