Here’s a hot tip today for our readers who are fans of Japanese Cuisine! A Ramen Shop has open in Bacolod City! IZUMI Authentic Ramen is now open for business. This is Bacolod’s first restaurant dedicated to serving Ramen. We popped by on opening night to see what the store had to offer.
Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish. The most basic components of Ramen are the soup, toppings and noodles. In Japan, Ramen is seen as a quick and filling meal sometimes served from Yatai – Japanese Food Carts. This popular dish has been made widely available in the Philippines due to the presence of various Japanese restaurants and popularized through popular media such as Anime and Manga.
IZUMI Authentic Ramen has a minimalist approach when it comes to interior decor, opting to decorate with paper lanterns. The lighting gives the place a nice, warm, inviting glow.
There are five kinds of Ramen available at IZUMI. They have Shoyu Ramen, Tonkotsu Ramen, Miso Ramen, Jigoku Ramen (Hell Ramen!- spicy) and Seafood Ramen.
We tried their Tonkostsu Ramen and Shoyu Ramen. They were topped with a generous amount of vegetables, bamboo shoots, meat and pickled ginger.
Izumi has other items on the menu that pair well with their Ramen. They have Yakitori (barbecued chicken skewers) and Yakibuta (barbecued pork skewers) as well as Karaage (fried chicken.) We decided to try their Gyoza, Chicken Donburi (rice topped with chicken) and another noodle dish Yakisoba. (fried noodles)
Overall, we think Izumi’s Ramen and Food isn’t strictly 100% Authentic Japanese but they come pretty close and the food and food that they serve are quite okay and won’t disappoint the diners. The convenient location and the speed of service make Izumi Authentic Ramen a welcome addition to the Bacolod Food Scene.
When trying out their Ramen, Keep in mind this clip from “Tampopo” – A Japanese film that has a scene on the fine art of eating Ramen. Gosh, now I’m hungry!