Taisho Ramen, Bringing Authentic Ramen to the Philippines

Sunday, September 08, 2013 Alexis Mendoza 0 Comments

The Ramen craze has really hit the country really hard for a few months already, Ramen restaurants are sprouting left and right in the Metro offering their take on this Japanese favorite. But are you tasting an authentic ramen?

A new Ramen place just opened recently and they are promising that they are giving you the most authentic ramen you can get in the metro with their Japanese chefs preparing your food.

We recently had the chance to try a new Ramen house at SM City North EDSA before they open for public. Taisho Ramen & Teppanyaki House located at the Skygarden is the newest addition to the growing number of Japanese restaurants in the metro. We had the chance to try their 3 delicious ramen and some of their house specialty.

Taisho Ramen & Teppanyaki House is a concept from a group of friends whose been into the restaurant business originating in Fukuoka Japan. Chefs of Taisho are Japanese and their ramen recipe was meticulously studied to deliver authentic ramen taste while considering the Pinoy palate. 

Their store is conspicuously located at the far end of the Skygarden just outside The Block. The zen-like outdoor landscaping with Skygarden's water feature creates an inviting atmosphere for some delicious Japanese foods.

Photo by Taisho Ramen & Teppanyaki House
Taisho's interiors creates a play of solid colors, lines, and wood which creates a fast-food but still classy restaurant feel. A minimalist approach is also visible with their interior set up with only their logo prominent on their wall.

Now that you've seen their place, it's time for my favorite part -- the foods! They first served us drinks, I got their Aojiru wheatgrass (P75), it's interesting that their menu includes the nutritional benefits of wheatgrass.

The ramen came in next, Taisho offers 3 types of ramen-- the spicy Karamen, classic Miso Ramen, and their specialty the Traditional Fresh Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen. All of these ramen arrived in huge bowls, it can actually feed two people!

Their classic Miso Ramen (P235) had a deep flavor from the broth, while they are generous with the toppings and noodles, bean sprouts and pork slices serve as the main garnish for this ramen.

The spicy Karamen (P235) is good for those who can handle the heat. They are not kidding when they said this ramen variant is spicy! You could choose from 3 levels of heat, we tried the medium one and as you can see how red the broth was, we broke out a sweat enjoying this ramen.

Last on their ramen trio is their specialty, the Traditional Fresh Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen (P195). Taisho's take on this classic ramen includes a very clean on the palate broth paired delicately cooked pork and noodles.

We're all wondering how do they keep their noodles firm and not soggy even when it's already combined with the broth, they showed us their ramen noodles being prepared. They said that their noodles are specially made just for Taisho to ensure freshness and quality.

Aside from their ramen, Taisho also serves different Japanese dishes, we were served with their house specialty, the Tebasaki (P160 ala carte). It's different from other fried chicken dishes I've tried before, the crispy outside with sauce creates a layered taste from sweet to salty then ends with a spicy kick.

Pork is also in the menu that night with their Pork Teppanyaki (P150 ala carte), it is served in a sizzling plate together with some vegetables and a generous amount of their secret recipe Miso sauce. We all enjoyed this dish, this must be good with some sake or beer.

Last on our dinner menu was the traditional Japanese Gyoza (P75 4pcs, P135 8pcs) and Chahan (P120). We actually found out that traditional Japanese gyoza are actually cooked sticking to each other, contrary to the typical gyoza we always see that are served separately. The Chahan is fried rice cooked with different ingredients, we love it as it is or paired with gyoza.

Overall, Taisho delivers what they promise, delicious and fresh authentic Japanese foods at prices that's not steep for the typical Pinoys. Next time you visit SM City North EDSA, make sure to check out and try Taisho Ramen and Teppanyaki House!

Taisho Ramen & Teppanyaki House
Skygarden (The Block), SM City North EDSA, Quezon City
0947-899-8992 / 0921-246-7055
Open during mall hours, with extended hours until 12mn

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