After a long afternoon working in Camden on a Saturday, we were kindly invited to visit a new restaurant in Kentish Town by a long time follower on Instagram, Jaycee, to a Filipino-Japanese ramen bar, Ramo Ramen.
Typically I don’t tend to visit Filipino restaurants because let’s be honest, no one makes it better than Lola (Grandma), but this was a great exception. Japanese style ramen but with Filipino signature flavours. Ramo Ramen is a Filipino-Japanese noodle bar, serving ramen, gyoza and bubble tea, and who am I to deny James the taste of the Philippines?
To start with we decided to go for something to share and asking Jaycee what she would recommend, we opted for the Miso Baked Shrimp Gyozas. All I can say is that it was drowning in melted cheese and I was all for it! It definitely left us wanting more and we couldn’t wait for the main dishes!
“Anybody can make ramen, but it takes passion, determination and years of experience to make a Ramo bowl. We’re using that and infusing Pinoy flavours to bring you a Japanese staple like you’ve never tasted before.”
As always, James and I ordered two different flavours, so we can share and try each others. Prior to coming I looked online to see their menu and I already knew what we would order, but unfortunately one of the dishes was out of stock – this was the Oxtail Kare Kare.
Oxtail Kare Kare is based on a traditional Filipino street food – a rich peanut butter broth topped with pulled oxtail kare kare, niitamago, pea shoots, spring onions shiitake mushrooms and nori. Sounds so good right?
So upset it wasn’t available, there is now a silver lining in that we now have to return!
One of my original choices was still available so I went for it – Chicken Sopas Ramen. Their Chicken Sopas Ramen is topped with chicken chicharonnes, pulled adobo chicken, niitamato, pea shoots, menma, spring onions, shiitake mushrooms and nori.
The other dish was Spicy Tempura Shrimp & Clams – a light seafood broth, shrimp tempura, fresh clams, padron peppers, roasted tomatoes, fresh chillies, niitamato, pea shoots, menma, spring onions, shiitake mushrooms and chilli oil.
“Ramen is like chilli. It’s ridiculously easy to make, and anybody can put their spin on it. Hell, there’s a good chance you’ve boiled a packet of noodles for yourself this month… But there’s a huge difference between a pack of instant and Ramo Ramen. Now’s the time to reveal a few secrets of what makes Ramo taste so great.”
Is your mouth drooling? Because mine sure is after writing that! It was definitely the perfect dish to have for dinner and it was all so filling – I even had to take the rest of mine away. I was so full but I refused to waste it!
The flavours tasted like home, the broth was like a hug in my tummy and having both cultures combined this way has made it so unique to all my other ramen experiences.
On top of every amazing that we’ve already mentioned, Ramo Ramen is suitable for all. They also have vegan and gluten free noodles, upon request, as well as all their meats being 100% halal – making them London’s first fully halal ramen spot.
Not only do they serve bubble tea, but they also serve my favourite beer from the Philippines – Red Horse. You just have to try it to understand. I don’t mind beer and I wouldn’t say I had a favourite but if I had to choose, it would be this one!
If you are a fan of ramen or looking to try something new, with the typical London summer returning, it’s the perfect time to try this new spot. We will definitely be returning over and over again, bringing my mother, my father, sister, cousins, aunties and uncles – as you do in the Filipino community 😉
And just when you thought that was the end, just down the road is one of their sister companies Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream. Although we were full, but there is always space for dessert – no regrets!
I won’t say much now because we will be returning and may do a separate post, so watch this space! Make sure to check them out and shout out to Jaycee and our waiter, John!
Customer service: ★★★★★
Disclaimer: we were invited to the restaurant for a discounted meal, but as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.
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