Remember Ukokkei Ramen Ron, that Pasay Road joint that started the ramen craze in Manila about ten years ago? Well, it’s now officially just Ramen Ron, revived for the new decade by Cibo’s Margarita Fores and a mano’s Amado Fores.
The mother-and-son team also appears to have partnered with the famous Chef Tamura-san for the venture. In a photo, the three are seen happily holding chopsticks and ramen bowls, about to partake of the famous noodles that made ramen fans of many Manileños.
He never used to smile and I got thrown out once because I insisted on bringing my Diet Coke into the restaurant which he did not allow! Now fast forward to 2020, @gerardhmd, my doctor cousin who was one of the few who could make him smile, helped make this happen for us and today we are now proudly @ramenron.ph ! The iconic Chef Tamura-san who pioneered the ramen trend, is smiling now, moves on, and opens with us! Follow us at @ramenron.ph @studio__cantero and we’ll be ready for you on Tuesday! My first official project with @amadofores too! #ramenronph #ramen #therealukkokeiramenron
In Margarita’s Instagram post Sunday, she seemed particularly excited about working with the Japanese. She even brought up an Ukokkei memory. “He never used to smile and I got thrown out once because I insisted on bringing my Diet Coke into the restaurant which he did not allow!” wrote 2016’s Asia’s Best Female Chef.
The restaurant is finally open for orders, although some of us might have to wait awhile. “We hope for your understanding as we have limited ramen kits during our soft launch but we will do our best to accommodate everyone as best we can,” says the restaurant’s message on its Facebook page.
The Ramen Ron menu consists of the Ukkokei Miso Chashu Ramen Kit (P480), the Ukokkei Shoyu Chashu Ramen Kit (P480), the Tantanmen Ramen Kit (P480), and the Hiyashi Goma Ramen Kit (P470). Frozen Gyoza are also available for P180 (5 pieces). Each ramen kit is good for 1 person and best consumed within the day of purchase, although it be kept chilled for a couple of days.
Ukokkei is making a massive comeback as chef Tamura-san partners with mother-son dream team Margarita and Amado Fores to bring you Ramen Ron. Given the sitch, they only have meal kits for now. Hopefully, when the pandemic eases up, a dine in space soon. Whatever the case, just happy chef’s food is back. Enjoyed the Tantanmen thoroughly with just the right amount of spice and soft noodles (my pref) since I followed the instructions to a tee. Had the cold sesame hiyashi goma ramen too and enjoyed it even on a rainy night. Kudos! @amadofores @margaritafores @ramenron.ph TO ORDER: fill up form in their IG.
Author of several food books, Angelo Comsti, wrote on his Facebook page: “Enjoyed the Tantanmen thoroughly with just the right amount of spice and soft noodles (my pref) since I followed the instructions to a T. Had the cold sesame hiyashi goma ramen too and enjoyed it even on a rainy night.” Comsti also said that because of the health crisis, the meal kits will have to do for now. “Hopefully, when the pandemic eases up, a dine in space soon. Whatever the case, just happy chef’s food is back.” We are quite happy, too!
Here are other important details from the Ramen Ron Facebook page:
Address: 2314, White Space Manila, Don Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City
HOURS: 11AM - 6PM
Minimum order for deliveries within Makati & BGC - P500
Minimum order for areas outside of Makati & BGC - P800
Payment Options: Cash payment upon pickup, BDO bank transfer, and cash on delivery
Use this link and fill up the form (also found in their IG Bio) -> bit.ly/ramenron