Last December 30, my family and I were all set to go watch the lights show at Ayala Triangle. Unfortunately, my brother got sick so we had to cancel our plans. Instead of staying home, we decided to walk to a newly opened restaurant just a handful of meters away.
Ramen Cool opened just this month and I was so excited to try it. Looking at the exterior alone enticed me very much. Add to that the fact that I love Japanese food and the dinner was so on.
It’s not only the outside that was gorgeous, as soon as you enter, you’re welcomed by modern decorations. Check out the cute art on the walls and the interesting lamps on the ceiling.
The design on the panes intrigued me. It had a sense of the traditional Japanese aesthetic yet kept it modern by applying it to glass. Enough about the pretty, on to the food!
Pictured below is one of their bestsellers, the Beef Ramen. The broth was quite tasty, similar to miso, and the beef was good as well. I didn’t have this order but took a few spoonfuls by myself.
Here’s what I had, the Seafood Ramen. To be honest, it was quite a let down. The soup was bland and there was fewer noodles than I expected. My dad added a lot of spicy powder and oil to make it enjoyable. I ended up coughing a lot but it was better than the original flavor, which was lacking.
We ordered California Love which is simply California Maki with some crab on top. It was so-so, quite ordinary. And their wasabe wasn’t the authentic one.
Here is my favorite dish of the night. It was another bestseller, their Spicy Chicken. It was so good, we had to order another plate. I highly recommend this dish if you were planning on visiting Ramen Cool.
Here’s me full from a big meal and my dad to the side paying the bill. We also ordered some dessert which consisted of soft-serve ice cream topped with Choc Nut with a surprise base of mashed sweet potato. YUM!
If I hadn’t tried an authentic ramen place beforehand, I would recommend Ramen Cool. But, my friends and I had already eaten at Shinjuku Ramen House and the difference between the two places is staggering. I guess I’d call Ramen Cool a mainstream Ramen house, for those not too picky about their ramen. Even the names on the menu suggested that this was a restaurant for those who want simplified Japanese cuisine.
The food at Shinjuku had all these weird names I was hard-pressed to pronounce and all these weird ingredients I couldn’t name. The flavors were also very foreign to my taste buds. Here’s a review of the place and some more information from a random blog I looked up. Shinjuku Ramen House.
If you’re not too picky about your ramen and want a cool place to hang out with your family or friends, then a trip to Ramen Cool would suffice. Just be sure to bring cash as they are still at their soft opening stage and the prices can be quite steep (for students like me, anyway).
Ramen Cool is located at the corner of East and West Capitol Drive in Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Here’s the Google Maps snapshot for reference (I included Shaw blvd. and Pioneer St. just as landmarks. Look towards the bottom-center of the map to find the corner of East and West Capitol):
Ramen Cool now stands where Kamarada used to be, FYI.