When in Manila, and you happen to be in Greenbelt 5, take a break from your shopping and warm your tummies up with authentic ramen dishes from Kenji Tei Ramen House. Last month, me and my friends went to Kenji Tei to eat some good food and catch up. Since at that time the weather was getting pretty cold, dinner of a nice warm bowl of ramen sounded pretty good indeed.
Kenji Tei Ramen House was designed by one of my good friends, Arch. Jason Buensalido of Buensalido Architects. Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll immediately notice the curved bent forms decorating the bar and most of the ceiling. This was inspired by the form of noodles, since it was appropriately a ramen house. Being in the construction business myself, I know how difficult it must have been to execute such a design. Aside from that, the restaurant has a very cozy ambiance to it and it could easily seat a large number of people.
Just look at that ceiling! Awesome huh?
Even the bar also repeats the pattern and plywood forms.
Onto the food, for starters we ordered some California Maki.
You also MUST try their Cheese Gyoza. Most of the gyoza I’ve had in Japanese restaurants only had meat in them.
For the ramen, we ordered 3 types.
Gomoku Shio Ramen (Php 220)
Spicy Negi (Php 200)
Shoyu Ramen (Php 180)
The ramen dishes were great to pair with Crispy Chicken Teriyaki (Php 190).
The ramen were served in single-serve bowls but those can easily shared by two people. Each ramen dish has its very own distinct taste but what I found particularly delicious were the noodles themselves. I’m pretty picky when it comes to noodles and there’s only a few restaurants I’ve eaten where they’ve gotten the noodles just right and Kenji Tei is one of them. The crispy chicken teriyaki and the cheese gyoza were also winners in our book too. Yum yum yum. When in Manila, satisfy your ramen cravings at Kenji Tei Ramen House.
Kenji Tei Ramen House
3rd Floor Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center