Manila's in the moment gastronomic indulgence is Japanese ramen. With more than a dozen establishments springing like mushrooms in the city, foodies can't seem to get enough to delight their appetites. The latest name to open its doors is Mendokoro. Located in the current on the radar scene(Salcedo village where hotspots such as Elbert's steakroom, Reidel, Lulu, Toby's Estate, Wildflour, Gino's, La Creperie and Hooch and the recently opened Pablo hold their playground).
Mendokoro is a modern Japanese ramen place with simple yet well made interiors. Metal and wood is designed in minimalist aesthetics surrounding an open kitchen right at the center of the restaurant. Designed by Noel Bernardo( who's projects in include Republic in NY, most Elite Concepts HK restos) and his design firm EC Studio, one gets to feel the atmosphere as if they were transported to the land of the rising sun. Beauty is in the art of simplicity wherein the study of design and space becomes ultra chic. A variety of neutral tones unfold a refreshing and cool visual perspective highlighted by shadow play.
As soon as you enter, one is welcomed and easily assisted to the counter to order and get a number(yes due to the number of seats available). Having a concise menu, one is rest assured that everything in it has been gastronomically curated. Waiting didn't take long as we came in early before lunch. As soon as were seated, the queue outside was quite long. This author or the super spicy ramen and ordered extra pork plus egg on the side. Love the explosion of spice and flavors that weren't overpowering. The pork was cooked well, the noodles seemed like it was the best in town while the egg was divine. The overall dining experience was fantastic! Simple, quick an without the fuss and flash. Great ambience and good food is simply the best. Mendokoro is on dry run until February and is open Monday to Saturdays for lunch 11:30am while dinner starts at 630pm with limited bowls until full operation. A must-go for everyone but make sure to come early, no reservations and special treatments.
Turning Japanese with Rita Nazareno.
We are located at the GF of V Corporate Center, on Soliman St. Salcedo Village Makati.