After a (disastrous) PR event in SM Southmall on a weekend, I found myself with nothing else to do for the rest of the night with my fellow bloggers. So we decided to grab dinner at this Japanese restaurant called Ikkoryu Fukuoka.
What drew me to this restaurant is their affordable menu. Ramen starts at P230, which is very cheap compared to other popular ramen restaurants that serve ramen at P400-500 up. Of course, experience dictates that price = quality and, with ramens, it’s usually a hit or miss. Still, we gave it a go.
They have different kinds of ramen to choose from, and we chose 2 of their bestsellers. The server also asked us for the firmness of the noodles (soft, normal, hard) and we asked for normal. I had the signature ramen – Ajikama Tonkotsu (P280). My friends had the Ikkoryu Original Tonkotsu (P230), plus a rice plate called Chashu Don (P180) and Ikkoryu Salad (P100).
Ikkoryu’s signature ramen has a special blended soy sauce base, topped with soft pork slices and half-boiled egg. For me, it was good and I finished the ramen to the last drop. Of course, I had better bowls of ramen elsewhere, but considering the price, this exceeded my expectations.
I also had a taste of Ikkoryu Original Tonkotsu, which has a creamier soup compared to the saltier signature ramen. I actually like this one better. I’ll probably get this next time.
Aside from the taste, another thing that I like about the ramens are the serving size, which for me is just enough for one person. I’m not a fan of the big bowls served in other Japanese restaurants because it’s too much to eat in one seating and then if I try to finish it I won’t have enough tummy space to eat other items.
As for the other dishes, my acquaintance said the Chashu Don was okay – the chashu was soft and flavorful. Meanwhile, the Ikkoryu Salad was new to me. It has corn chips, bean sprouts and sesame seeds. I had a few bites to know whether I like it. Yes, it’s a weird combination, but the crispiness of the corn chips pairs well with the sweet, soft bean sprouts.
Overall, I like the Ikkoryu Fukuoka Japanese restaurant and will definitely eat here again especially when I’m on a budget or just want to satisfy a sudden craving for ramen. Their ramens are very affordable and the taste & quality is okay. As said above, you can find better-quality ramens elsewhere but, for the price rate, Ikkoryu Fukuoka restaurant is a good option to consider.
Practical Info: Ikkoryu Fukuoka
Suggested budget for 1 person: P300-500
Branches in Metro Manila:
- Shangrila Plaza, Mandaluyong
- Powerplant Mall, Makati
- Century City Mall, Makati
- Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
- Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa
- SM Southmall, Las Pinas
- Estancia Mall, Pasig
Have you tried the ramens at Ikkoryu Fukuoka? What do you think about it? Can you suggest other restaurants that offer budget-friendly ramen?