MAPA Ramen is a new "Japanese" resto along Congresssional Ave. (replacing the former JT Inasal). We are ramen lovers, so one Sunday, we checked-out the resto and ordered their ramen. The price of their ramen and other dishes are relatively cheap compared to the Japanese restos you will find in malls. The price for ramen ranges from the basic Mapa Ramen at P99.00 to their Seafood Ramen at P199.00. We ordered five vareities of ramen - miso, shio, shoyu, seafood and tantanmen. We were not disappointed with the taste and quality of the noodles of their ramen. They use flat noodles (maybe similar to Nagoya flat noodles) and the noodles are soft and easy to slurp. The taste of the soup varies based on the type. The only downside of their ramen is presentation - they need to upgrade the appearance similar to authentic Japanese ramen. We also ordered their Mapa Maki - taste good but the rice is not the Japanese type. Their shrimp tempura was also good.
It seems the owners treat their Japanese resto as a simple carinderia so the appearance and presentation of their dishes is secondary. If they will inprove their food presentation and use plates that a more Japanese-like not the simple white and plain plates and if their waitresses practice some simple greetings like "irashaimase", "domo arigatou gozaimasu", "konnichiwa", Mapa Ramen will go a long way and will be patronized by Filipino Japanese-food lovers who want reasonable, tasty and tummy-filling dishes. Try Mapa Ramen, "Oishii desu yo!" Mapaparami ang kain mo ng ramen!
|Tantanmen (The peanut taste is very dominant)
|Seafood Ramen (A little bit spicy)