Since Japanese food is one of my favorite cuisines, I have a list of my favorite places to get my fix, and Ramen Cool is in it. Their dishes are adjusted for the Filipino palate, but close enough to the authentic Japanese taste to for purists (i.e. me) to enjoy.
I first heard of Ramen Cool from my brother. We visited their branch in Kapitolyo years ago, but failed to write about it. I live far from Kapitolyo, though, so it’s a great thing that Ramen Cool also has a branch in my side of Quezon City!
The Ramen Cool West Avenue branch is at the ground floor of the WestLife Building beside Starbucks, easily accessible via jeepney.
Their interior is bright and…well…cool, and they play JPop and a bit of JRock to help the atmosphere (Utada Hikaru was playing when I arrived). Tables are in booths, separated by dividers and marked with notable places in Japan. It’s a quiet place to visit to get away from the busy malls and to get a filling bowl of ramen and gyoza.
Ramen Cool goes beyond ramen and gyoza, however, and they serve a wide selection of Japanese dishes like rolls, sushi, sashimi, and donburi, too.
For starters, I usually order a kani salad, and this time is no different. Kani salad is always refreshing, and I like how Ramen Cool’s doesn’t pile on too much mayo, and instead gives a generous helping of fish roe! The vegetables and crab sticks are fresh, as well.
Kani salad (Php170)
Because of the warm weather, I ordered a Hiyashichuka Cold Ramen. Hiyashichuka is a cold dish–its name literally translates to “chilled Chinese”– made of ramen noodles topped with colorful ingredients. Ramen Cool’s version is a simple combination of egg, vegetables, and pork, just the right balance of light and flavorful. It’s perfect for nice, long conversations while eating, because this won’t get soggy even if you don’t eat it quickly!
Hiyashichuka Cold Ramen (Php205, good for one person)
We also had Sweet Salmon Summer Roll. A delicious tamago maki topped with savory salmon fillet, Japanese mayo, and some brown sugar for a bit of a crunch. I’m rather picky with my sushi maki. But this one is a happy roll. I recommend you try it when you visit Ramen Cool.
Sweet Salmon Summer Roll (Php295)
We had a nice meal at Ramen Cool. All staff members are attentive, not just to our table, but to all tables, as well. There is a steady stream of patrons until well past dinner time. On Thursdays to Saturdays, their dining hours are even extended until 12 midnight.
Disclosure: My visit was sponsored by Ramen Cool West Ave. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced by the company.
What about you? Do you have ramen cravings, too? What’s your favorite ramen?