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Teacher Eats: Ramen and Izakaya Experience at #Butamaru at it’s Ortigas Branch

For all the Ortigas people out there, I know you want to eat out EVERY SINGLE DAY. With all the hard day’s/night’s/graveyard’s work, one of our comfort side of the day is to eat out. That’s why the “Metrowalk” and many food restos around it like “The Yard” keeps on booming. With all the competitions and food gimiks every restos, you may want to try something more important than cute design and cheap food thrills: GOOD QUALITY TASTE.

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I discovered Butamaru’s newest branch located at Technopoint One, Ortigas Home Depot, and it’s goal is to give its loyal ramen-hungry patrons a much more accessible dining option. Looking at the interior details that diners have come to know and love from their Alabang branch – the long Japanese-style dining counter, the minimalist wooden furniture, down to the photo collage backdrop that gives a glimpse of the experience you’re about to enjoy.

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I don’t have too much knowledge when it comes to Ramen and Izakaya, but Butamaru’s dishes and history makes me understand it better. It claim to fame is its sinfully decadent, slow-roasted, melt-in-your-mouth round pork belly slices swimming in a soulful sixteen-hour tonkotsu broth, creating a harmonious, perfectly balanced flavor. The noodles are hand-made using techniques and specifications passed down by Master Artisan Sugimura of Menko Noodle Company. 

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The Shoyu ramen is a tried-and-tested classic that’s become synonymous with the branch but if you want something a bit lighter, the Shio is an excellent choice. For diners seeking a spicy kick to each slurp, the Tantanmen or Curry Tantanmen is perfect for you. A popular choice in the Ortigas branch is Kaisen ramen – one of Butamaru’s newest creation that combines perfectly cooked seafood with a hearty umami-filled broth.

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Aside from serving their savory and heartwarming ramen, Butamaru’s newest concept incorporates an extensive izakaya selection to complete your Japanese dining experience. Executive Chef Jerome Lim meticulously crafted and curated Butamaru’s izakaya menu, combining traditional Japanese fare with exciting new flavors. Kushiyaki favorites like Gyu Kushi, Yakitori, Buta Bara (pork belly), Tori Kawa (chicken skin) and Shiitake mushroom sticks are available while lesser known options like Kamo Kushi (duck breast) are offered as well.

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For those looking for some crunch, their Katsu Gyozayaki, Ebi Mayo, Toriten and Supearibu Karai are sure to satisfy that craving.

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Make sure to try their Kimchi Chashu Tacos as well as Spicy Tuna Tacos as well for a unique explosion of flavors with every bite.

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Of course the izakaya experience wouldn’t be complete without alcohol. Butamaru Ortigas has an ample selection of local and imported beers, spirits, and Japanese-inspired cocktails.

During our stay at Butamaru in Ortigas, I learned 3 things about this resto that you should discover for yourselves:

1. Their ingredients are fresh and made from scratch

From the ramen noodles to the their gyoza, they intentionally made it from scratch. Executive Chef Jerome Lim shared to us how to make our own gyoza for fun and see how they meticulously choose their ingredients right.

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2. Their Ramen Dishes is Something to Look Forward to…LITERALLY.

Their Ramen dishes are inspired from their learning experience in Japan. More than just serving people the usual ramen, Butamaru make it authentic and fresh. I love how they served me their very own Kaizen “seafood ramen”. It is fresh, hot and very good in taste. My fellow bloggers loved their own ramen they ordered and that’s a positive note to look forward when you visit.

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3.  The Quality of Service is LEGIT!

One thing that can make a customer go back is not just the food itself, it’s the service of their staff and chefs. The hospitality and good service of Butamaru staff and it’s executive is something amazed me. And I like how they can interact with you with their warm Japanese greetings and service, giving me a #JapanFeels.

Vlog for Butamaru Ortigas is here:

For more mouth-watering experience, you an visit Butamaru Ortigas is located at G/F, Ortigas Technopoint One (Upper Deck), Ortigas Home Depot, Doña Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig. Phone number: 6359246, e-mail: ortigas@butamaruramen.com. You can also find Butamaru Ortigas on Facebook and Instagram under @butamaruortigas

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