Restaurant Review: Tsukumo Ramen at Robinsons Manila

If I’m not mistaken, Tsukumo Ramen at Robinsons Manila took the spot of Miso-Ten Ramen & Tempura. I haven’t been in that part of the mall for months. But when MasarapBa, an Instagram foodie I follow, raved about the Cheese Ramen of Tsukumo, I knew that it was worth checking out. I’m glad that my husband is also a big ramen lover so I didn’t really need to convince him to give it a try. As a matter of fact, he was the one who reminded me to have lunch at Tsukumo when we went to RP a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, I told my husband that we should be prepared to have a Plan B just in case the place is packed with hungry ramen lovers. Much to my surprise, only two tables were occupied when we arrived at the mall just in time for lunch.

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Photos of some of the food from their menu and different colors of ramen bowls are hanging on the wall. It was a perfect accent to the interior of the restaurant which is mostly black and brown. The lighting is quite dim which explains my grainy photos. (Well, apart from the lighting, Zayne also kept on pulling my arms! Haha!)

MasarapBa featured Tsukumo’s cheese ramen. It was described as “windang sa sarap” so I really had very high expectations. My husband didn’t think twice in trying it after reading the review of MasarapBa.

The server explained to us the Japanese way of eating the cheese ramen. She said that the better way to enjoy the ramen is to eat the cheese topping last. She told us that the cheese should not be mixed with the broth as it will get too overpowering. Looking at the amount of cheese topping, I totally understood what she meant. Para siyang kesong nag-gym at pinawisan ng malapot! Hahaha! :p

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Now, here’s the tricky part. My husband didn’t like it. It’s not because it tasted blah. I think my husband is a purist when it comes to food. He probably just favors the classic way of serving ramen. The ramen is actually good, although I did not experience the you-will-forget-your-name kind of feeling just like how MasarapBa described it. Taste is subjective after all.

I loved the uniqueness of this ramen. The broth is thick which was balanced out by the sweetness of the corn. I was surprised with the pieces of French fries sprouting here and there at my every bite. And if I’m not mistaken, I actually ate pieces of mozzarella cheese. Again, this ramen is not for everybody. I won’t recommend it to those who are not up for a gastronomic adventure. You’ll probably think like you’re eating a bowl of ramen with fries from Mc Donald’s and the cheesy pizza crust from Pizza Hut. I read online that some who tried it found the combination weird. I was fine with it. I like weird things. Hihi! :)

I decided to stick with the classic so I had Tsukumo’s Miso Tonkotsu Ramen that day. I’ve had better-tasting tonkotsu ramen in all my years of ramen-hunting. This may not be the best out there, but it surely refuses to go down without putting up a fight. 

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The thick and savory broth complements the hint of sweetness of the corn. The melts-in-your-mouth meat is also tasty, although I wish that the serving would have been bigger. Hihi.

We also got to try their Karaage. Unfortunately, both my husband and I didn’t like it. It was too oily. Taste was also a bit bland, but I was just glad that the tartar sauce did its magic.

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You’re probably asking if I would recommend Tsukumo Ramen. Yes, it’s still worth a shot if you want to try something new. For me, the experience is like randomly meeting a good-looking and smart girl. You’re mesmerized by her wit as she talks about politics, something you’re not really interested to. You’re glad that you met her, but after talking to her, you think about your best friend whom you can spend hours talking about the silliest things while you’re both in your pajamas!

If you want to know more about our ramen adventures, click the magnifying glass icon found at the upper right hand corner of this site, type ramen, and click ENTER. You’ll probably have an idea who our BEST FRIEND is. Haha! :)

Tsukumo Ramen
Ground Level Midtown Wing
Robinsons Place Manila
Ermita, Manila

* All photos were taken with an Asus Zenfone Selfie

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