We are no strangers to Kapitolyo because we go there almost everyday for breakfast (Kanto ~everyday~). We always made a mental note of paying Ramen Cool a visit whenever we're in one of ramen phases, but since it opens a bit late than most (11:00 AM), we tend to put it on the back burner and visit whenever we would have the liberty of waiting.
Well, that opportunity came when Cath, one of our friends from work, was generous enough to treat us out for what was supposedly breakfast. Original plan was eating at Kanto Freestyle Breakfast but for some reason, we all wanted ramen that day so Ramen Cool became the place to visit.
We arrived a quarter earlier than 11:00 AM but they were kind enough to let us in to lounge and to place our orders in advance.
What greeted us when we went in was the warm lighting and modern Japanese feel. All the wooden panels and furniture made it appear and feel extra cozy. The place was mostly of the color yellow, as opposed to the usual red and black of most Japanese restaurants I've been to. Everything actually looks on the expensive side but their dishes are affordable!
|My favorite part: These vector-ish Japanese art hanging on one side of the restaurant|
Their menu has a wide variety. Ramen Cool offers staples like hot and cold noodles, salads, soups, rice meals and the Japanese favorites like sushi, maki, sashimi and gyoza.
We were offered house blended hot tea while we're waiting for our food to be served. And for those curious, yes, they do have Wi-Fi available. Just ask any of their food attendants for the password. :)
|RCool Ramen / Seafood Ramen / Nabeyaki Ramen / Gyoza / Tuna and Salmon Sashimi|
|Tuna and Salmon Sashimi (Photo by Muffet Sta. Maria)|
The gyoza was really good. It was pan fried just right, the outside had that crispiness without the filling being dry. And don't get me started on the sashimi! *gulp* I don't know if I'm just hungry right now but thinking of those pretty looking raw fish is making me drool. *wipes drool* Hehehe. It had a very distinct clean and fresh taste. Pretty exceptional tuna and salmon sashimi we had there!
It may not appear big since most of our food photos were overhead shots but the serving of ramen was huge. I think a bowl may be good for 2 (or even 3!) people. We didn't really expect that so we ordered one for each of ourselves. LOL.
I had to take my time finishing my RCool Ramen (which in the end, I didn't) because of the huge serving size but it was indeed a feast of flavors. I found the corn and bean sprouts a bit weird at first but the combination of that, crabsticks, the egg and the pieces of chashu actually worked for me. Ian said the Seafood Ramen was okay, and I think Muffet enjoyed her Nabeyaki Ramen.
So what's our verdict? Dining at Ramen Cool was a cool experience. (See what I did there? Hahaha.) No, seriously, it was a pleasant one. The overall ambiance was above average than most restaurants. Everything looks clean and well-maintained. The ventilation and lighting was perfect. The food, while not exceptionally great, was commendable and worth a try. Customer service was okay, too!
Would come back to try their Sukiyaki!
Contact Nos.: (02) 636-0972, (02) 998-4168
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
3rd Floor, SM City Manila, Ermita, Manila
Ground Floor, West Life Building, West Avenue corner Bulacan Street, West Triangle, Quezon City