And the constant search has paid off! I finally tried out the hyped Ukkokei Ramen Ron in Makati. This is the tastiest bowl of ramen I've had in Manila. I've already went for seconds, and I'm sure I'll be back there again when I come home (I'm currently eating my way around San Francisco. SF updates start on Thursday.)
You have your menu choices and there are also the usual Japanese specialties written on the walls. I have yet to try any of the ramens in the menu because I want to work my way through the wall specialties first.
The Hokkaido Miso Ramen is a rich, thick miso broth that has a great salty miso blend. Anything "Hokkaido" attracts my attention. The noodles have a good amount of chewy. Overall, I was satisfied with this bowl.
My next ramen was the Tonkokei. This might end up being my usual order. It's a blend of tonkotsu, miso, and shio (salt) ramen broths. It's lighter than the Hokkaido Miso Ramen, less salty, and still as flavorful.
The ideal ramen joint has the great gyoza and karaage as well. The menu here offers both as well as many more choices. The gyoza was small and pretty good, although I wasn't completely satisfied with the taste. The filling could have been filled with tastier pork and seasonings. The karaage was decent, too, with its coating and the taste of the chicken. The winner at this place is definitely the ramen.
If you can't see the slide show, check out my Flickr album: Ukkokei