Ramen Daihso is a new ramen joint that opened up in Sunshine Square, beside the big Puregold in Shaw. We tried out the place a few days before Christmas last year to take advantage of their opening promo of 20% discount, the discount is now down to 10% until the end of January.
The facade is fairly simple but its Japanese leanings will be evident. Red and black is the color scheme, which is really eye catching. Parking is plentiful in the complex and its complimentary with validation from the restaurant.
The interiors are also simple with high ceilings and comfortable seating. The only glitch that day was their not fully functioning air conditioning which one of the supervisors apologized for and informed us they were already doing something about it. The only weird thing about the layout of the place was the wide swatch of open space in the middle of the restaurant, so big you can do cartwheels.
Ramen Daisho is said to have bought the same broth recipe from Japan that Ukokkei Ramen Ron also uses. Ramen Daisho ups it further by using 3 kinds of noodles to go with their 4 kinds of soup base.
The first kind of noodles is the flat, used in their shoyu and shio ramen variants.
The second is the curly, used for the miso ramen variants.
The third kind is the thin noodles used for the Hakata variants. This is similar to the ones I had in Ippudo.
Since there were three of us eating we decided to each get a different soup base so we can try more. Lauren got here usual separate topping Shoyu Ramen (P300/regular). She said it was ok but she still professes her love for Ukokkei. The only broth we did not order was the Shio, the only place I really like Shio is at Santouka.
I got the Hakata Tonkotsu ramen (P300/regular, P560/large), which comes with a slice of chashu, half a aji tamago, menma (bamboo shoots), negi (leeks) and fried onions. The broth was milky but not too heavy and oily, the use of the thin noodles matches the broths silkiness. The chashu was ok, nothing special but better than the ones from Ukokkei. The aji tamago though was not up to par, the center was not soft as you can see from the photo. I’ve noticed that Ukokkei has also started adding the fried onions to their ramen, something I don’t particularly enjoy so I just scoop it out. Overall, the bowl of ramen was quite enjoyable except for the egg mishap.
Irene choice was the Miso Ramen (P300/regular), the toppings are the same as the ones on the Hakata ramen. She took a sip of the broth and said that it was packed with flavor, comparable to the miso butter from Ukokkei but less oily. The curly ramen were nice and chewy, something we both liked in our ramen.
The Gyoza (P110/5 pcs.) was pretty good, much bigger than the tiny ones at Ukokkei. The wrapper held up with nice charring underneath. The filling was still moist and had a strong leek taste. I still rate the ones at Ramen Yushoken as my favorite.
Our experience at Ramen Daisho was pretty good, its a good alternative to Ukokkei since its closer to us but we’ll all agreed that Ukokkei is still better. Take advantage of the 10% discount or January and judge for yourselves.
Ramen DaishoUnit 2, Sunshine Square, Liberty Center, 312 Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong, Philippines Contact No.: 774-0036 Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:30 AM – 02:30 PM, 05:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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