A few nights ago, I accompanied my office best friend in buying something to wear for a friend’s wedding. Before scouting for that perfect clothing, we decided to have dinner first. For some weird reason, both of us wanted noodles.
When we are in Eastwood, our default choice is Pho Hoa. That night though, we decided to have dinner in Ramen Bar.
As the name implies, Ramen Bar’s specialty is ramen or Japanese noodles. It was actually my second time to eat there but I couldn’t recall how my first experience was. All I remember was that I ordered a bowl of noodles filled with slices of flavorful pork.
I’m not really sure if I liked the ambiance of Ramen Bar. The arrangement of the tables seemed weird for me. Also, the entire feel of the place didn’t echo the somewhat high price their food commands.
I checked their menu (which happens to double as the place mat) and ordered Shoyu Ramen which costs 280 PhP (+ service charge). Mars, on the other hand, ordered Ramen Bar’s Super Chasyu Ramen (380 PhP + service charge) which I ordered the first time I ate there.
Just a side note, the staff members of Ramen Bar were really pleasant. They were enthusiastic in attending to our needs without trying too hard.
In just a few minutes, our orders came. Thank goodness we didn’t have to wait long since we were really, really hungry already.
Shoyu Ramen is a soy-infused tonkotsu ramen topped with tamago, naruto, negi, and chasyu. The ramen wasn’t piping hot when it was served but I didn’t really mind. It might be a bad thing for other people though.
Although the soup was very rich and flavorful, it was too oily for my taste. You can actually see oil floating in the photos above. The slices of chasyu were delicious, though my friend had too much of it since her ramen was basically noodles and chasyu slices.
In contrast to the light, refreshing taste of Pho Hoa’s noodles, Ramen Bar’s was heavy and rich. Then again, comparing their noodles is like comparing apples to oranges since they’re of different cuisines.
Mars wasn’t able to finish her bowl of ramen and she expressed her dissatisfaction with what she ordered. Mine was okay, it wasn’t stellar though. At least, the next time someone wants noodles, we have our opinions ready.
1F Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City, NCR, PH