chicken gyoza

Oreryu Shio Ramen, Kagurazaka, Tokyo

I’ve walked by this joint a dozen times, usually going to eat at other restaurants in Kagurazaka. However, Oreryu’s recently started to get some serious buzz, so I had to drop in see, smell and savor it for myself.

All the hype has been mainly over one specific bowl they serve, their “Jukusei Shio Ramen”, or age shio ramen, so I went in knowing that’s what I’d be eating…

All the buttons on their ticket machine have pictures and English translations, so non-Japanese speakers need not worry. And priced at only about seven bucks, one bowl won’t set you back too badly…

There are a few tables inside the place, but I always prefer the ambiance of the counter, piled high with bowls here…

The variety of toppings you get once you sit down are one of the other reasons Oreryu’s become buzzed about, as they’re all homemade. Like their yuzukosho, umeboshi paste and spicy garlic paste…

As well as their “rayu” chili oil, dried nori and konbu seaweeds…

You can put as much as you like of any or all them in your ramen once it arrives…

I always tend to go for mine “as is”… (Except at Tenkaipin!)

The broth here at Oreryu is made with shio (salt) and chicken bones, but it’s not necessarily “paitan”, which is usually much thicker, like tonkotsu. This is a lighter, milky broth with an increased saltiness, obviously. It’s much less fatty, which is where a lot of the positive press has been coming from. “Similarly flavored soup, half the fat.”

Oreryu serves theirs traditionally with menma, scallions and roast pork. They also add in some greens.

While it was a little light when compared to how I usually like my bowls, that didn’t stop me from ordering “kaidama”, or another handful of noodles to toss in the extra soup…

We also got an order of their “karaage”, or Japanese fried chicken, which was excellent and went so well with several of their toppings, like the chili oil and yuzukosho…

And you can’t not order gyoza, which were also wonderful…

While I like my ramen soups to be a little thicker and meatier, if you prefer a less artery-clogging experience with just a much flavor, go see this man!


2-11 Kagurazaka

Shinjuku, Tokyo




“Gyoza No Osho” After Running 50km!!!


If you add the word “Yokuyaki(Well-Done)” when you order “Gyoza(Dumplings)” in “Gyoza No Osho”, you will get the gyoza like the above picture. Longer heated in the pan and crispier than the usual gyoza which some people including me think taste better!! 


Ramen Nagi

The mallwide MMFF was the very reason why our first ever Christmas date ended up here at Ramen Nagi. The original plan was to see Mockingjay after having breakfast at Rustic Mornings but it was sadly closed for the day and guess we were already too late for the movie as well.

Going for ramen will always be new to me, idk why but I really never got used to it, I always looked like a noob from customizing your own soup up until the moment I have to separate the chopsticks! Good thing that the waiters were always roaming around offering their assistance right away, explaining every bit of every ingredients we may choose.

I ordered their original Butao King Ramen (lol butao!) and Jay chose their Limited Ramen which tasted way way spicier than mine. We also picked their best seller side dishes, Gyoza and Chicken Karage-my fave of the four. About the ramen though, I can still remember Mogu Tree’s Laksa and despite the fancy Japanese Dining experience we had here, I  surprisingly liked the previous more. We billed P1300.00  for everything i crey T_T or maybe Japanese cuisine isn’t really for me.