Restaurant: Ramo Ramen – Kentish Town, London

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 😉

Haven’t had ramen before? You can read all about the roots of ramen on Ramo Ramen‘s blog page.

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!

Food: ★★★★★

Customer service: ★★★★★

Atmosphere: ★★★

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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  1. Hello Bexa
    August 23, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Everything here looks sooo good! I love ramen, and your bowl looks so healthy and tasty. I’d definitely eat here often if I lived nearby, and yay for getting a dessert! It looks like the perfect way to finish a delicious meal. Thanks for sharing <3 xxBexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 12:56 pm

      It was so good, would highly recommend it if you're ever around in the area!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. Ellis
    August 23, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Nothing makes my mouth water quite like nori sheets, I've never seen them used for noodle dishes like this! I also love the name of Mamason's Dirty Ice Cream – that sounds like such a fun place to grab a sweet treat! x xEllis // http://www.elliswoolley.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 12:57 pm

      Love nori sheets too, it's simply a must with ramen! Def a few places to visit!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. secondstartotheright
    August 24, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    This all looks incredible! I can't believe I've never tried ramen because I know I'll love it!Jennyhttp://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 12:57 pm

      Oh my, really? You have to – defo head over to this place if you get the chance!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. Kate Winthrop
    August 27, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    I've never really explored Filipino cuisine, although it sounds like your Lola needs to put on a big cook out! That said, it definitely sounds like Ramo Ramen is near enough the next best thing! Sorry to hear they'd run out of the Oxtail dish – it must be a big hit! I've never actually heard of it before, but the peanut butter broth sounds SO mouthwatering! Also PLEASE do that post on Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream – that dessert looks delicious and you know me, I'm an absolute sucker for desert! Kate x http://www.findingkate.co

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 12:59 pm

      Oh my goodness – what a plan! It's pretty much every Filipino party it happens to be fair, but I must share her cooking to the world! We are defo planning to visit the new branch in Chinatown soon!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. Girl Masked
    August 28, 2018 / 10:47 am

    I haven't tried Filipino cuisine but I'd like to sometime! Ramen sounds tasty, I wouldn't mind trying that too. I've had a bit of Japanese food though. I'd love to try this place if I lived nearer to it!! Love the photos as usual.

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      I think this is the place to get you started to see if you like the flavours of the philippine before jumping in it all!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. Bethany Jane
    August 28, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    This looks incredible, I'm so sad I'm so far away from London cause I'd love to try this! One of my first boyfriends was Filipino, and his mum's cooking was unreal, so I'd love to try some more from the cuisine! That's awesome that they cater for everyone too – although I feel sad that your preferred dish wasn't available, nothing more heartbreaking haha! Just gives you an excuse to go back…Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      We defo headed back and I finally had it and it worth so worth the wait! Yes, get yourself there one day – I defo know you'd love it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. A L R E
    September 1, 2018 / 8:53 am

    Gyozas drowning in melted cheese? Uh, YUM! I need that goodness in my life! I am very happy to hear that this gave you a taste of home, authentic tastes and flavours make the eating out experience all the more special (just dont tell Lola she's got competition!) Sorry to hear that your first choice dish wasnt available but it seems like going back wont be too much of a struggle! I'm even more sold on this place now that I know it's so inclusive for all diets as well, it's always good to know when you turn up to a restaurant that there will be something suitable for your whole party!Abbey xxx

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 1:08 pm

      Yes, YUM! Have been back since and it's defo a place I will not get bored of! Love that their inclusive of everyone – it does help so much more!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. Charlotte Clark
    September 1, 2018 / 9:54 am

    Ooooh, as usual, this all looks incredible! I’ve never eaten Japanese OR Filipino food (I’m so uncultured) but these dishes look so good. Your posts always make me want to broaden my horizons a bit more with my food and be less scared to try new things! Oh also, that dessert looks amazing and I can’t wait to see your post about it!

    • Food and Baker
      October 10, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      Whhhaaat?? You must! You really have to try each cuisine at least once, even if you don't like it hahaThank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  9. March 8, 2019 / 8:38 pm

    This looks so good!

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