Traditional Fresh Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen at Taisho Ramen and Teppanyaki House

Taisho Ramen

During the Reis & Irvy’s Grand Opening, my new found blogger friend, Kai and I decided to have lunch together at SM North EDSA. We were undecided at first. We headed for the bridge to Trinoma and saw Taisho Ramen there. And after looking at their menu, we couldn’t say no to the call of ramen for lunch.

The ramen restaurant was a small place with about twelve tables. At lunch time, it wasn’t as packed as it should be, despite the foot traffic it enjoys. One of the things I immediately noticed was the attendants’ energetic and amicable greeting of “Irrashaimase!” when we entered the restaurant. Finally, for once, a Japanese restaurant’s attendants got it right. I have this pet peeve of hearing the attendants of two of my favorite Japanese restaurants, Ajisen Ramen and UCC Coffee, mispronounce it as “Shaimase?” I presume, from the similarity of how their attendants pronounce it, that the two are sister companies and have the same trainer.

The staff was quick to assist. I decided to go for their specialty, their fresh Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen, which was very affordable at Php 195. Kai went for the Tonkatsu Ala Carte, priced at Php 235. Their menu had a lot of “Available Soon” items, which limit their offering. It’s understandable since they’re barely open for a month. They also had condiments such as garlic and red ginger for the customers use.

Taisho’s Specialty: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen for Php 195

First served was my Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen. The first thing I noticed was that the surface of the soup is pretty much covered with white sesame seeds. It’s not very common for ramen to be full of sesame seeds. I found that it also smelled and tasted fresh, but the pork stock flavor for the soup base just wasn’t strong enough to my liking. I found myself comparing it to the Tonkotsu Ramen of Ramen Kamekichi back in Cebu, but Ramen Kamekichi’s Tonkotsu Ramen wins hands down.

Tonkotsu Ala Carte (Php 235)

Afterwards, I had a taste of Kai’s Tonkotsu. I did like that they served it with vegetables in place of rice. There was coleslaw, two pieces of string beans, corn, and slices of fried potatoes. They served the Tonkotsu with a container of Tonkotsu Sauce, which allows you to decide how much sauce you’d like on your Tonkotsu. The vegetables were unremarkable and bland. However, the Tonkotsu made up for the lack of flavor of the sides. The Tonkotsu, sliced in thin strips, and swimming in the sweet and sour Tonkotsu sauce was delicious. If you want a safe dish to try, you might like Taisho’s Tonkotsu.

Gyoza, four for Php 99

Their Gyoza was served last, which shouldn’t be the case since Gyoza is an appetizer. As you can tell from looking at the photo, it was glistening with oil, and dripping with every bite. It did not look very appetizing with its small size and the air pocket in place of what should have been pork filling.

Air pocket

I would really suggest that they improve their gyoza and offer them for a higher price, than try aiming to sell them lower but with substandard quality.

Taisho Ramen’s menu offerings

Overall, for the price, it was okay. It’s not a restaurant I’ll be excited to go back to, though. There wasn’t wi-fi and power outlets available, too.

Me and Kai outside Taisho

It did provide a good place for both me and Kai to talk about our anime fandoms and our love for the Japanese culture. They had Japanese music playing in the background. I even heard a Japanese version of the Filipino song “Remember Me” popularized by Renz Verano. It was great that during lunch, we were able to know more about each other and our passion for blogging. Really nice to meet you, Kai, and hope we have more mini-blogging events such as this! :)

Taisho Ramen

SM North EDSA Sky Garden

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