Pocket-friendly ramen

RAMEN has taken over Cebu with waves of rich broth and long strands of quality noodles. Unfortunately, these cravings are often barred by budget constraints. It is no secret that this delicious Japanese specialty is often served for a high price. But the good news is, a new player has arrived, showing its ramen ways to Cebuanos since June 11.

Ramen Dojo, located on the ground floor of Robinsons Cybergate, has been around for two months now. But despite its relatively new entrance to the local food scene, it is starting to become quite popular for its affordable ramen—which the place claims, tastes just like the real deal.

“According to some Japanese guests who eat here, the taste of our ramen here is close to the taste of the ramen in Japan,” said Elmer Flores, manager of Ramen Dojo.

This here is the newest go-to place for ramen hunters (on a budget). As all its ramen options are priced at P150, the food place aims to treat customers to a filling meal without punishing their pockets. Owned by entrepreneur William Yap, it is the realization of a simple dream: Satisfy everyone’s ramen cravings, especially those who wish for ramen to be affordable.

Yap also owns the known Banri Noodle House and Spice Fusion restaurants but he wanted to try something different. So, he decided to open a ramen place that caters to the Cebuano market.

The chef of Banri, Chef M. Terasawa, is known as a master chef in Japan who has had more than 40 years of experience selling ramen in Tokyo. Chef Terasawa is the one who teaches the chef of Ramen Dojo how to cook its well-loved ramen.

According to Flores, the place has been dubbed the fastfood ramen place without sacrificing the delicious taste of authentic ramen. When asked what makes its ramen less expensive, the manager said that its menu is limited being able to serve around six kinds of ramen only and it manufactures its own noodles, as these are the same noodles served in Banri. But, the taste of authentic ramen does not go away because the ingredients are imported from Japan just like all the ingredients from other restaurants owned by Yap.

Ramen Dojo will be renovating its current store and will be opening three more branches soon located at Cebu IT Park, Ayala Center Cebu and SM City Cebu.

Aside from more places to find fast and affordable ramen, Ramen Dojo revealed that it will be adding two more kinds of ramen in its menu by September. “There will be two more kinds of ramen, one is mixed seafood and the other one doesn’t have soup, it’s more like Yakisoba,” said Flores.

It’s time to take that ramen journey, one slurp at a time.
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