Butamaru Ramen

As a guy who grew up in Taiwan, I’m a big fan of noodles (牛肉面!). When I arrived in the Philippines, I discovered there was a Ramen-hype. Ramen shops were opening left and right: Ippudo, Ramen Nagi, Hanamaruken, Wrong Ramen to name a few. And though pricey, I’ve grown to appreciate and crave for a steaming hot bowl of ramen. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

To my delight, my wife suggested a place called Butamaru located inside Westgate Center, Alabang. The restaurant has two floors, the first with a bar facing the kitchen where you can eat by yourself or with six other people. The second floor has several small tables and booths for families and friends.

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During our visit, Butamaru had three types of lunch sets that was available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. Each set is P380.

  • Set A came with a medium sized bowl of Ramen, three-pcs Gyoza, Chahan fried rice, and dessert
  • Set B had Chashudon, soup, five-pcs Gyoza, and dessert
  • Set C had Toriten, soup, Goma Dare Chashu Reimen, and dessert

My wife and I both ordered Set A for the Ramen. While she got the salt-based Shio Tonkotsu, I had the spicy peanut and sesame Tantanmen. The Tantanmen is very rich and you can choose to order a version that’s not very spicy. The Shio Ramen is very mild compared to the Tantanmen, but it’s a good alternative if you don’t want your taste buds overwhelmed. The Gyoza was a nice addition, but the Chahan rice was an afterthought to my wife and myself. I would have been happy getting the Ramen by itself. They topped it off with fruit salad that they served when we were done with the main course.

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So how does it compare to other ramen shops? I thought it was quite good. It didn’t blow me away like Hanamaruken or Ippudo, but if you’re in the south and you’re craving for ramen, it’s not a bad alternative.
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