Restaurant Review: Hokkaido Ramen Bangaichi at Robinsons Manila

Published on July 10, 2015

As my husband and I wait for the new restaurants to open in Robinsons Manila, we made a mental note of the very few restaurants in the mall that we had yet to try. We then spotted Hokkaido Ramen Bangaichi. It’s hidden in one of the corners at the second level of Midtown Wing so I have no idea how long it has been there. It’s sharing a spot with another restaurant, Jack’s Loft. We tried Jack’s Loft years ago, but we weren’t that happy with the service so we never came back. But because my husband and I are both ramen lovers, we took a risk and gave Hokkaido Ramen a shot. Years had passed since our last visit so we were also quite curious if their service has already improved.

The place is a bit small given the fact that it houses two restaurants that probably have two different sets of clientele. Fortunately, my husband scored a vacant seat while I was in the restroom. They also have additional spaces for al fresco dining, but it was very humid that day so we settled with the seats we scored.

A waiter immediately approached us and handed us their menu. It gave me high hopes about the improvements in their service that I was hoping for. And true enough, their service has improved! I noticed that turnover time was quite fast as orders are being served and tables are being cleaned in no time. Just a few minutes after we placed our orders, we got to enjoy our bowls of hot ramen!

shio ramen
Shio Ramen PHP280

I opted to have their Shio Ramen, while my husband settled with the Miso Ramen. I think the only difference between the two is the kind of broth used. Both have the same amount of noodles, leeks, nori and bamboo shoots. Both are also served with two slices of meat.

Shio Ramen is salt-based. The ramen is very tasty, although I have to admit that its briny taste is one-dimensional. It doesn’t bring anything else to my palates aside from its salty flavor. But nonetheless, the taste and portion is reasonable enough for its price.

On the other hand, Miso Ramen has more depth when it comes to the flavor as compared with the Shio Ramen. The cut of of the meat is thicker than the usual, but it’s still very tender. Undoubtedly, the nori and the leeks amplified the already rich flavors of the miso broth. If I didn’t have a conscience, I would have agreed when my husband offered to switch his bowl with mine! :p

miso ramen
Miso Ramen PHP310

When there is ramen, there should also be gyoza. I have to admit that this is not the best out there, but it’s still delicious. It has subtler flavor compared with the other gyoza that I have tasted before. If you’re the type who doesn’t like the strong and pungent taste of the usual gyoza, then this will suit your taste buds.

gyoza
Gyoza PHP160

Hokkaido Ramen Bangaichi offers good food. It may not be the best, but it is certainly reasonably-priced. Ramens usually cost more or less PHP400 making Hokkaido Ramen Bangaichi cheaper compared with the others. They even offer a larger serving which has more meat yet it still costs under PHP400, if I’m not mistaken. Service is also remarkable. It’s way better than what it used to be. =)


Hokkaido Ramen Bangaichi
Level 2 Midtown Wing
Robinsons Place Manila,
Ermita, Manila


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10 comments

  1. I was dragging the ReigningTatay there kaso ayaw nya. Ramen Nagi forever. Nakakaloka. Next time pipilitin ko na sya talaga. I wanna try their Miso ramen.

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    1. Ramen Nagi is still way better. But if you want something lighter (bondat ka kasi sa Ramen Nagi after finishing one bowl) and cheaper, ok rin dito. :)

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  2. Another ramen place for us to try at Rob Manila! Ewan ko ba, wala pa rin tumatalo sa Ramen Yushoken sa aming panlasa. Kayo rin ba? Hehe. Halos kapareho sila ng name ng nasa MOA, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka naman yun. Meron ba sila set meals na may rameng kasama? Kasi si Santouka sa ramen set meals kilala. :)

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    1. Yeah, nakakain na rin ako sa Santouka. Sulit nga meals nila, naghati lang kami ni Boyet! :p And yes, Ramen Yushoken pa rin top ko. Ang tagal nilang magkaroon ng branch sa Manila :((

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    2. I heard meron sila sa Makati, ibang name pero under the same company. Mendekoro Ramenba sa Salcedo area. HIndi pa ako nagagawi doon kaya di ko pa na-try, hehe. If makakain kayo don, sis, please blog about your experience. :)

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  3. In Japan, the best ramen to try in a traditional family-owned ramen resturant is Shio ramen because it's the most basic so that you could fully taste the broth. Family-owned ramen restaurants compete with their 'own' ramen broth secret recpies making each shop different from one another. If you're trying ramen from more expensive and authentic ramen resto (yung mga tipong 400+ pesos a bowl), I highly recommend you to always start with the Shio so that you could fully taste their broths :D I love ramen by the way. It's the Japanese ultimate comfort food <3

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    1. I usually go for Shio or Shoyu. But this Shio is a bit too salty for my liking. :| I've had better-tasting Shio from other ramen houses. :|

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  4. I haven't eat ramen dahil ayaw ng family ko hehe.kapag niyaya ko sila mag ramen ayaw nila. Hindi kasi nila ma gets kung anong meron hehe! On my birthday I promise to eat Ramen by myself and let us see if masarap nga hehe!

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    1. Pwede ka naman mag ramen with your family. Mag ramen ka tapos mag rice meals sila. Karamihan naman ng ramen houses, hindi lang limited to ramen ang menu. :)

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  5. Yum! Ginutom ako and I haven't had breakfast yet. The miso ramen looks so delicious, also the gyoza. I hope there are more ramen places where I live!

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