Ramen Nagi: Original King and Black King

3:22:00 AM

After our visit at Tickles - SM City North branch, Hubby and I decided to try Ramen Nagi for our late lunch. I have tried different varieties of ramen but I haven't tried something like Ramen Nagi's Black King aka squid ink ramen. Black soup? Sounds interesting! I've been meaning to try it for the longest time and I was very excited that I finally get to try it.

Known for its Butao King (traditional pork bone soup) and Black King, Ramen Nagi placed on top for must-try ramen houses in the metro. It was established by Chef Ikuta Satoshi in Japan in 2006 and opened its branches in Hongkong, Taipei, Indonesia and Manila (2013).

Before taking our orders, we were informed that they do not allow TAKE OUT for ramen as it gets soggy when it is eaten long after it is served. Hmmm that makes sense.

Nagi Star Salad, P280
We started with Nagi Star Salad. It is a mixed of sliced cabbage and lettuce with crispy noodles topped with special dressing and cherry tomatoes. The vegetables are fresh and crunchy. I'm not fond of crispy noodles but I find myself eating every bit of it. The special dressing is delicious too.

Original King - Butao, P390

Hubby ordered Original King - Butao. He always goes for the best seller. As expected, he loves it! It is a tonkotsu pork-broth prepared in the traditional method. It is rich in taste and very aromatic. Will surely order this the next time we visit.

Black King (Kuroo), P410

And lastly, my Black King. Fragnant blackened garlic and squid in a silky broth with succulent chasu, finished with a ball of minced pork, black sesame, and Nagi spices. 

But before I dip into my ramen, one of the staff offered me to wear a bib so I can enjoy my food without worrying my shirt to get dirty. 

Black King reminds me of my mom's adobong pusit which is one of my favorites aside from pork sinigang. I could taste its rich flavorful squid ink which I really enjoyed. The noodles and the sliced pork were perfectly made too. This is something ramen lovers should definitely try.

Overall, we are happy customers! Serving time is 15 to 20 minutes but the food served earlier which is impressive. Reasonably priced too since they are good for sharing. The place is really nice and the staff are accomodating. Will definitely try Butao on our next visit. 

Ramen Nagi
Upper Ground Floor, Main Building
SM City North EDSA
Tel No. 02 3740503
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  1. Seems you enjoyed your black ramen just looking at the photos. And how thoughful of the food staff to offer a bib. Hihi. Thinks like that would also make me remind of adobong pusit. Ihihi.


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