Gyoza and Ramen House

The first thing that caught our eye was the restaurant’s name. It’s pretty straightforward, leaving you without a doubt as to what they serve. The second thing was the pleasant exterior, which features lanterns and big windows and wooden posts. The inside was also quite nice, with simple decor and pages from a Japanese newspaper plastered all over one wall.

Gyoza and Ramen House, interior

We ordered original gyoza (five pieces, P150) (I make it a point to sample gyoza in every Japanese restaurant I go to), sesame ramen (P330), and gyudon (P200).

Gyoza and Ramen House, original gyoza

Gyoza and Ramen House, sesame ramen

Gyoza and Ramen House, gyudon

The food here is, in a word, solid. The gyoza was lightly fried and the taste of the pork really shone through, though I personally would have loved more ginger in it. The sesame ramen featured a broth with a generous helping of what the menu said was sesame gravy, the noodles were nice and firm, and it contained three pieces of chashu when most ramen places usually just provide two. The gyudon was smaller than we expected, but it was so beefy and filling, making it sufficiently satisfying.

Another good thing about this restaurant? The fact that this is D’ Little Gyoza House with a new name in a new location. I only found out when I was looking up information about Gyoza and Ramen House and was surprised to see that its Facebook page was familiar to me. We loved D’ Little Gyoza House and were sad when the original branch closed. Fortunately, they’re back and better than ever, and will hopefully stay around for much much longer.

Gyoza and Ramen House
3 Malingap Cor. Matahimik Street
Teachers Village Diliman, Quezon City 1101

Spicy ramen at Ajisen Ramen

I spotted Ajisen Ramen along Sto. Domingo in Quezon City a month ago on my way to dinner at Oedo and made a mental note to check it out sometime. I got my chance yesterday. I was torn as to whether to get the basic Ajisen Ramen, Kon (which is the Ajisen Ramen only with corn), or the Spicy Ramen. I ended up getting the Spicy Ramen (P305), which is essentially the same as the basic one, only with the addition of spicy ground pork.

Ajisen Ramen, spicy ramen

The broth was rich and flavorful. The chashu was thinly sliced and tender. There was only a small dollop of spicy ground pork, but it gave the whole dish a major kick. It was exactly the sort of thing I needed on a gray, rainy, windy day.

Ajisen Ramen
43 Tirad Pass Corner Sto. Domingo, Sto. Domingo, Quezon City 1114