It seems like every week there is a new ramen or tonkatsu restaurant opening in Manila whether an imported franchise or a local one. One of the latest franchise that opened combines both ramen and tonkatsu in their menu.
The branch I visited was in Promenade 3 in Greenhills where the Dolby Atmos movie theaters are located. We kept going round and round looking for the restaurant not realizing immediately that it was an open restaurant in the middle of the ground floor. Since the space was a bit small it was smart of them not to put up walls.
It’s really smart to combine ramen and tonkatsu in one restaurant. It’s perfect for family or friends who want one or the other. This way everybody is happy.
Since 3 out of 4 of us weren’t so hungry we just shared two bowls of their specialty, the Deluxe Tampopo Black Pig Shabu Ramen made with pork bone soup which takes two days to cook. It’s certainly flavorful and one of the whitest and milkiest broths I’ve ever seen.
We had the chili separated since not of all us could handle the heat.
The noodles were thin and hard the way I like it. I’m no expert on ramen and I found it not bad at all. My only complaint was the soup didn’t come out piping hot. I want to see the steam from my soup. I had to ask them to reheat it.
Most places only have gyoza or fried dumplings. Their boiled version was a welcome change.
Since I’m not a big fan of ramen and tonkatsu my favorite was the Tampopo Black Big fried rice. I can eat an entire order by itself.
That’s the beauty of Tampopo there’s really something for everybody. I would like to try their chicken katsu, oyster katsu and pork & cheese cutlet next time.
Ground Floor, Promenade 3
Greenhills Shopping Center
San Juan City
Mobile: (+63) 917-854-7440