At the heart of San Juan lies Oyasumi Ramen, a seemingly typical Japanese ramen restaurant, or is it?
Oyasumi which means “goodnight” in Japanese is a fitting name for this restaurant with its dark, minimalist interior which you should see and feel for yourself, and also for their various delicious ramen that are great for ending one’s night. For this post, we are going to focus on the food that we’ve tried during our visit.
The side dish that we ordered is the fan favorite GYOZA, PhP 150 (or 3.25 USD) or simply Japanese dumplings. Its shape is a little different from the other gyozas we’ve tried in the past as this one is made thinner (or flatter) for it to become crispy which, to be honest, I’m not really a fan of. The dumpling filling taste, however, is fine and comparable with the usual gyoza.
For ramen, according to Oyasumi, their technique in doing ramen is acquired straight from Yokohama, Japan and they make their noodles fresh everyday. We gleaned from their menu that Oyasumi retained the Yokohama-style ramen, a staple of tonkotsu-shoyu broth served with stewed spinach and three (3) nori sheets. However, they made a culinary interplay of Filipino, Japanese and international flavors to make their own unique ramen like La Paz and Tomato as seen below.
During our visit, we preferred trying the authentic flavors.
Me-An ordered IEKEI RAMEN, PhP 350 (or 7.59 USD), which is their flagship ramen. It’s a shoyu (soy sauce) based soup with firm noodles, chashu (marinated pork belly) slices, tamago and 3 pieces of nori seaweed paper).
I, on the other hand, ordered the BLACK PEPPER, PhP 370 (or 8.70 USD). Basically, it’s still Iekei ramen. It just has black pepper sprinkled all over the ramen that made it different. It is a little(a lot) spicier compared to Iekei, but at the same time, it adds an additional kick to it. I liked how firm their noodles are and the soup is thick which really adds to the flavor. I still prefer the broth of Ramen Yushoken’s though over Oyasumi’s, but not by much. Meanwhile, I liked Oyasumi’s chashu which are sliced thinly that it’s easy to pick up with the chopsticks. If a customer prefers a thicker chashu, they can just add PhP 80 (or 1.74 USD).
The egg that comes with each of their ramen is firm, but soft so it can be easily opened. I just found this a bit far from what a ramen egg should be due to the consistency of the egg yolk retained inside. In addition, the color of the yolk resembles the normal egg which made us think that they don’t marinate their egg.
So far, it seems that Oyasumi is just any other Japanese Ramen restaurant right? Well, not quite. They have a hidden ace up on their sleeve.
Whenever a customer finishes eating a ramen and has some leftover soup, he/she has the option for his/her remaining soup to be turned into this CHEESY RISOTTO, PhP 60 (or 1.30 USD). As both lovers of risotto and everything Japanese, this setup is like a dream. Their cheesy risotto tastes really good on the Iekei ramen soup as the soup base matches the mozzarella cheese they’ve included that made it a unique fusion of risotto. However, the same cannot be said on my black pepper leftover soup. The taste of the pepper was too strong that it overpowered the risotto as a whole. So here are some tips we’ve drawn out for you based on our experience:
TIP #1: If you want the Cheesy Risotto, definitely go for the Iekei Ramen! We haven’t tried the other ramen flavors yet, so just drop a comment below as we’ll be very glad to know your experience.
TIP #2: Don’t leave a lot of soup behind. That’s what we did and it made our risotto become like congee.
OYASUMI RAMEN IS REASONABLE
Overall, we really liked Oyasumi Ramen. Though their offering is comparable to other restaurants, their option of turning your leftover soup into a new meal is a real plus for us. Aside from this, we liked the fact that they make their noodles fresh daily which are excellent by the way. They also give customers an option to change the flavor of their noodles for only PhP 20, (or 0.43 USD). Choices of which include squid ink, curry and tomato. With these and the fact that they introduce new ramen flavors through their board signage (keep an eye for it!), there is every reason to keep going back in Oyasumi Ramen.
As usual, we included a photo of us again.
If you would dine here, what ramen would you choose and why? And if you already ate here, how was your experience?
308 P. Guevarra St. corner Seaview St., Little Baguio, San Juan City.
Operating Hours: Open daily 11:00AM to 10:30PM.