January 16, 2012

Tamagoya Noodle House

Ramen, Ramen, Ramen…

2011 is truly the year of Milk Tea and Ramen. You see milk tea stalls popping at every corner, and then, you see Ramen Shops in every major malls. So it doesn’t come as a surprise to find a good ramen shop in Antipolo.

Tamagoya Noodle House is a small two-storey restaurant beside a car repair shop. Truthfully, the location isn’t wise. Moreover, the restaurant can only hold (probably) around 50 persons, and the time of operation is also limited— with late openings, afternoon break and Mondays off.

You may find the things I’ve mentioned above as constraints but if you love an adventure and you love food, then Tamagoya is worth visiting! The food comes in big bowls, almost good for two. The ramen’s soup base is so flavorful you would mind sharing it. And it’s surprisingly affordable!

As you enter Tamagoya, you feel like you’ve been transported to a different country. The intimate space, the wooden theme, decor and the dim lighting provides a laid-back Japanese ambiance. It’s not a 5-star splendor but it’s more than enough to make your forge you’re in the Philippines.

            At first look, I thought the wood planks hanging in the wall are just for decoration. Well, it’s the menu. Simple and creative. The bare yellow painted walls accent well with the planks. Plus, it feels like an encouragement to delve into the Japanese language.

            Tamagoya has a limited menu with only 6 ramens to choose from. The rest are stir fry, a few rice meals, and a couple of appetizers. Although there are only a few choices, Tamagoya makes up for their servings.

Yaki Gyoza. Japanese Pan-Fried Dumplings. P98.00

For starters, we ordered the gyoza. There’s nothing extraordinary about their gyoza but if you’re looking for a quick Japanese fix (other than sushi), then this is your answer.

Stamina Ramen. Noodles with Chili Miso Paste Base Soup. P168.00.

I love spicy food so I ordered the Stamina Ramen. The spiciness is just the right amount and there’s a lot of flavor to savor in this big bowl of noodles. Although I think this would have been better if it’s hotter—but I guess that’s just my preference.

Curry Ramen. Noodles with Curry Soup and Pork with Vegetable Mix. P178.00.

            Now the Curry Ramen is a surprise. Early last year, I would not dare order this but 2011’s been patient with my hostility over curry. And after a few spoonfuls of the soup, I’m bargaining for an exchange of ramen bowls!

Karaage Don. Japanese Fried Chicken. P148.00.

I never got to taste this dish but my friend almost ordered another side of Karaage after eating this bowl. With that, I can conclude that this dish is worth ordering.

Oyako Don. Chiken and Egg Rice Bowl. P148.00.

The Oyako Don is kind of bland or maybe because I had the Stamina Ramen which is flavorful and my taste buds are playing tricks on me.

            If given the chance, I'll visit Tamagoya again. Why? Because you’re paying for less than what you get! It’s delicious and affordable. What more can you ask for?:)

Tamagoya Noodle House
#2 Soliven Avenue, Mayamot, Antipolo City, Rizal.
Phone: 861.86.31
Tuesday to Sunday: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM; 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Directions: From Marcos Highway, turn left to Don Masinag Avenue, just after passing SM City Masinag. Then drive for about 3 minutes until you see Petron Gas Station, then turn right. After turning right, you’ll see Tamagoya on your left side, beside a car shop.

P.S. Special thanks to Lui for the pictures.:) See you soon! 

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  1. I remember this dish from some blog it looks beautiful and delicious !!!!! Looks and tastes very delicious.