Kenji Tei Ramen House

7:43:00 PM Larisse Espinueva 0 Comments

The ramen house that has the "ramen" feel thanks to their noodle-inspired ceiling. The moment they served me that stunning plate of pinkish-red and almost jelly-like looking tuna sashimi, I knew it was one of "THE" Japanese restaurants. 


See what I mean?
Tuna Sashimi (P256.00)


Tamago Sushi (P80.00)



Another appetizer that I fell in love with is the Cheese Gyoza. (P198.00) Yup, you heard it right! A chunk of cream cheese inside that deep-fried gyoooozaah! Served with spicy japanese mayo. 


Yaki Gyoza (P188.00)




Chashu Miso Ramen (P248.00 Regular)
Hands down on the chashu. It has the pleasant porky taste that you rarely find. Quite comforting and feels really guilt-free considering that it's pork.


Gomoku Shio Ramen (P268.00 Regular)
Mixed Seafood, Vegetable, and Pork Shio Ramen
Where pork, egg and produce goes scuba diving under the sea and decides to live there to make new seafood friends. Everything in that bowl is a fresh as ... ashsjrhsfgksfknnfgsfgknsdksk... just order it and see for yourself. You will thank me. 



Mabo Tofu Ramen (P248.00 Regular)
Soy-based ramen topped with a spicy tofu sauce



Curry Ramen (P258.00 Regular)
Soy-based ramen topped with a mildy spicy curry sauce
Ramen + Yummy = RAAAMMMYY! The curry is not overpowering at all making the ramen not lose its identity as an Indian dish. It still remains very Japanese. Hmm... How do I correctly describe this? How about soothing curry?


THE EGG. The egg on their ramens are consistently not overcooked which is definitely a plus. An overcooked egg has a greenish-gray color in between the yolk and the white. The iron sulfide forms as the iron from the yolk meets the hydrogen sulfide released from the egg white by the heat making it toxic for us to eat.


Yakisoba with meat on the side for the vegetarian sister. (P258.00)



And how can you miss the Tempura in a Japanese restaurant? 


Green Tea Ice Cream. Hehe. Most of my friends and of course family know that I am not allowed to consume anything with caffeine or alcohol due to my minor heart condition. Sadly green tea contains caffeine. But hey, it's not everyday I get to order one of these! The drugstore is near just incase I get any palpitations. Haha!

Even their plain rice deserves a photo. It's thaaaat good too. 


More to try and more reasons to come back to. I do not care how incredibly hot our weather gets. I will have their ramen at any time of the day. 





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Al Dente!

9:00:00 AM Larisse Espinueva 0 Comments

As a curious gastronomer, trying new food items is the best part. I do not care whether it will eventually give me extreme bad breath, a loud belch, an upset stomach, angry farts or even black teeth in a fine dining authentic Italian restaurant. But then again, if it would poison me, I'd appreciate a heads-up.

A few Sundays ago after church, we decided to head to Newport Mall in Resorts World Manila and try out a new restaurant. After a few walks going around the whole area, we got attracted to Parmigiano's butt chairs and appetizing ambiance.

 
 
Why I love Italian restaurants. Complimentary bread with olive oil balsamic vinegar dip.
                         


Apple Juice and Strawberry Shake

                                

Caprese Salad (P285.00). The reduced balsamic vinegar adds sweetness to the tartness of the tomatoes. Aside from being biased on this salad simply because it's one of my favorites, as long as the ingredients used are fresh and of great quality, there's no doubt that it is a must try. 

                         

Ravioli Al Funghi (P275.00)
Variety of wild mushrooms in open-faced ravioli with grilled tomato in cream sauce



Pasta Salsiccia (P285.00)
Creamy sauce with Italian sausage on al dente pasta

Pasta Al Calamari Nero (P295.00)
Sautéed squid in garlic on al dente pasta tossed with squid ink and cream

The crunch on the calamari complemented with the well-flavored squid ink pasta. Finished the whole plate and took around five minutes trying to clean my teeth in the restroom. Nevertheless, this dish is a blockbuster to big pasta eaters out there. Definitely something different.

Friendly Reminder: NEVER EVER EVER order this on a date. They took a photo of me with black teeth and I believe that if ever it came out online, no man on the face of the earth would want to date me forever. Hahahaha! 


Cotoletto Di Pollo Ala Parmigiana (P395.00)
Crisp chicken breast with homemade tomato cream sauce topped with melted mozzarella 



Everything else was wonderful. If "Al Dente" could characterize an Italian restaurant as how it can describe perfectly cooked pasta, then that would be the most appropriate way to compliment it. Truly authentic!

Grazie Parmigiano. E 'stato molto deliziosa! *with matching hand gestures and cheek-to-cheek kisses* (They say you can't speak real Italian without those!)


Al Dente - "to the tooth" usually used to describe pasta, rice, and beans that have been cooked firmly but neither hard nor too soft and mushy.


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