Restaurant Review: Hokkaido Ramen Bangaichi at Robinsons Manila

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 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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