Manila has seen an unbelievable explosion of ramen in the last few years. There are so many ramen restaurants that a certain shop needs to have something to let it stand out over the rest. Go-En Ramen is a humble little restaurant started in 2012, in the same complex as Livestock in Quezon City, near ABS-CBN. Once you see Livestock, you’ll have to drive to the end of the complex to see it, parking is quite plentiful.
They got nice Japanese homey interiors with different seating options.
On the wall beside the entrance, you’ll find walls filled with manga and kendama. Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy that is similar to a yoyo. Those on the wall above are for sale or you can buy thru Goen Kendama Philippines. The manga are for the enjoyment of Go-en diners and are not for sale.
There’s a table filled with kendama for diners to play. Go-en holds kendama workshops regularly for people interested in the skill game as well as offering discounts for performing certain tasks using the kendama. I tried it an it is much much harder than it looks, definitely not something you’d call a child’s toy.
We started with Gyoza (P250/5 pcs.) and Chicken Karaage (P250), both are common side dishes found in ramen restaurants. OF the two, I prefer the karaage but pricing is a bit of the high side.
Okonomiyaki (P350). I was surprised to find this in their menu and executed well. Best to share this filling dish else you’ll be too full for ramen.
Kogashi Shoyu Ramen (P380). This takes the usual shoyu ramen and gives it added flavor with the additional smokiness and black pepper zing. It’s created layer by layer so it’s best eaten if mixed altogether. Their chashyu is a thicker than the usual but smaller.
Cheese Ramen (P350). This is not your usual ramen with the bowl covered with a mound of shaved cheese. The addition of the cheese gives the miso broth more depth and texture. Best to add a little cheese to each chopstick full of ramen but if you are not that adept doing that then mixing it all up does the job also.
Tantanmen (P380). If you like your bowl of tantamen, spicy, then you’d better give the waitstaff a note. Their normal bowl is light on the spice but the other flavors are still present.
Mochi Ice Cream (P80). This is the best mochi ice cream I’ve had here in Manila. They create the mochi using ingredients imported from Japan that is a match to their high standards. The mochi is light yet still has the chewiness I look for. A must order after every meal at Go-en.
Go-en Ramen prides itself on creating a ramen restaurant that is not tweaked for the Filipino palate. Owners John and Marilyn instead looks for certain dishes that would be a match to local tastes. Head on over to try it out and order a bowl of the cheese ramen or the kogashi shoyu but be sure to finish with the mochi ice cream or you’ll regret it.
Go-en RamenUnit B1 Jardin de Zenaida
34 Sgt. Esguerra, Quezon City
Contact No.: (632) 441-4636