I love our little foodie neighborhood in Kapitolyo, there’s always a new place popping up. We had noticed a new place being constructed and was curious what it was, lo and behold its a new ramen place. Japanese restaurants are a staple of ours since Lauren loves Japanese. So we asked fellow blogger and eating mate Fran and Paul to try it out with us.
The place has nice design elements starting with the lighted wall that you’ll immediately notice upon entering their doors. The wall has six Japanese printed light boxes.
Another interesting choice is the angled yellow wooden dividers that I imagine would give off a very nice effect when sunlight passes through them in the mornings and afternoon.
Enough of the looks and onto the meat of the place, the food. We started off with a sushi roll, California Love (P195). Despite the inability of the staff to explain properly the dish, we ordered it based on the picture in the menu. This is somewhat of the usual California maki (sushi roll) given a bit of an extra gear care of the kani(crab stick) salad on top.
Lauren wanted to try their Gyudon (beef bowl, P210), but requested all ingredients to be served separately hence the not so donburi (rice topping) look. There’s also an egg (not in pic), usually served raw to be mixed into the beef and rice, but Lauren had it cooked sunny side up. Lauren loved the gyudon that she’s been clamoring for a return just for that.
Irene ordered the Pork Shoyu (soy) Ramen but the server made a mistake and wrote Pork Shio (salt) Ramen (P155). We did not immediately take note of the mistake up until we were settling the bill. We then realized why the soup base was not to her liking.
I picked an interesting Katsu Curry Ramen (P210). The bowl was big with a large piece of katsu but after eating at Yabu, all katsu’s can’t compare. I was looking for a bit of spice but it was again slight only. The noodles were also a bit less than spectacular compare to my benchmark, Ukokkei. Taken together, it was a middling bowl of ramen.
Fran and Paul ordered a Hiyashi Chuka Ramen and Gyoza to go with it. I had no idea about the ramen since I was not able to taste Ramen Cool’s version but I’ve had it multiple times in Akiko. The gyozas were not bad, pan fried just right to give the skin a bit of crispiness.
Ramen Cool has potential, I like the looks and design elements as well as having the proximity factor. I hope they improve both the service and the food since they’ve got an advocate in Lauren. I’ll give the place a few months to settle in and then venture back to try a few more things. As it stands, it gives people in the area a Japanese food option that is much better than the lousy fast food types out there.
25 East Capitol Drive,
Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City