Kichitora of Tokyo: Enjoy The Taste Of Authentic Ramen

September 27, 2015

Kichitora of Tokyo brings the authentic taste of ramen to the Philippine shores.

Kichitora of Tokyo is easy to recommend to anybody who is looking for delicious and close-to-authentic ramen in Metro Manila. I have not yet tried authentic ramen, just to clarify, and I have not yet been to Japan. However, Kichitora of Tokyo is marketed as the home of the authentic flavor of Japanese tori ramen in the Philippines. The food is good, so the claim is believable.

Paitan Ramen Zenbu no Se at Kichitora of Tokyo
Paitan Ramen Zenbu no Se

Kichitora of Tokyo: Enjoy The Taste Of Authentic Ramen

    Our experience at Kichitora of Tokyo

    A Saturday lunch out with friends brought us to Kichitora of Tokyo. We have never really been caught in the current ramen craze but we made a note to at least try one good ramen restaurant.

    Entrance of Kichitora of Tokyo
    The entrance

    So what is ramen? Simply, it’s a Japanese soup dish made with wheat noodles, meat or fish-based broth flavored with common seasonings like soy sauce or miso, and then topped with vegetables and slivers of pork, chicken or beef, and eggs. It’s a very filling and warming dish, perfect for combating both the cold weather and the blues.

    Kichitora, whose name literally translates to “lucky tiger,” brings all the goodness of authentic Japanese noodle soup to the local restaurant scene. 

    Upon entering the restaurant, you will be greeted by its minimalist interiors and warm, soft lights. The only accent is the flowery wallpaper adorning the wall to the right of the entrance.

    It was quiet, but that was probably because there were only a few diners when we went here. Immediately, we were handed copies of the menu which we readily checked.

    The food

    The menu is not extensive; it consisted of Paitan Ramen, Hiyashi Ramen, Tan Tan Mien, Pan Pan Chi, Paitan Zenbu no Se, Gyoza, Special Crab Seafood Ramen, Shoyu Tsukemen Chicken Karaage Rice, Oyako-Don, Pork Chasu Rice, Chicken Soboro Don, Mabo Tofu Rice, Ban Ban Ji, Chicken Karaage, There are several deserts and drinks to choose from as well as extra orders of toppings.

    Kichitora prides in using chicken soup for their broth, which renders it with a mild flavor, hence taking in the seasonings well.

    Being newbies, we did not really know what to order so we asked our server what their best seller is. She suggested Paitan Ramen Zenbu no Se, which I initially had my eye on. 

    Oyako-Don at Kichitora of Tokyo

    In the menu, it was described as a special variation of Kichitora’s famous Paitan Chicken Ramen topped with an additional piece of pork or chicken chasu (I opted for pork), dried seaweed, molten lava eggs, or Ajitsuke Tamago and finished with a sprinkling of garlic oil or ma-yu. 

    Khris, meanwhile, wanted to try the Oyako-Don, a rice dish composed of chicken, egg, and scallions are simmered in a special sauce.

    Our orders arrived after a fair amount of time. The Paitan ramen was served in a big bowl and it looked much more appetizing in person than it was in photos. 

    I did a bit of research on what paitan meant – some described it as “milky” or “white broth.” This noodle soup did not really have white broth, it was closer to ochre. I inhaled the steam rising from the soup and it was very fragrant and inviting.

    Condiments at Kichitora of Tokyo

    I excitedly got a spoonful and sipped the rich mélange of long-simmered chicken meat and bones, aromatic garlic, and spices. The pork topping was flavorful and very tender, you can easily flake it with your chopstick. 

    The noodles, meanwhile, were very firm and mildly-flavored which balanced the rich ad savory soup. This dish is very good and is highly recommended for those who are hunting for authentic ramen.

    The Oyako-Don, on the other hand, was also scrumptious. The generous topping was loaded with flavors and went well with rice. It was also very good and will satisfy the tummy of any rice lover.

    Our verdict

    The food is a little pricey. For the Paitan Ramen, we paid P420.00 while for the Oyako-Don, it was P320. Price is VAT exclusive. Likewise, be ready to pay an additional service charge. 

    Iced tea at Kichitora of Tokyo
    Iced tea

    Kichitora is not really a place you would regularly go to, say for your lunch break, but it’s a good place to go if you want something special.

    Kichitora of Tokyo's branches

    We went to Kichitora of Tokyo's Glorietta 5 branch in Makati City, which is already closed. However, Kichitora of Tokyo still has branches in the following locations:

    SM Megamall

    Second Floor, Mega Atrium, SM Mega Mall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
    Telephone number: (02) 8775 1100

    Bonifacio High Street

    Third Floor Bonifacio High Street Central Square, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
    Telephone number: (02) 7946 3835

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    1. Sarap naman talaga 🤗😍 Perfect po ito sa mahihilig sa Ramen 🤗❤️ Must try po talaga ito

    2. Japanese ramen is a dish that has become popular in our country. but we do not really know yet what a authentic japanese ramen taste like. maybe Kitchitora of Tokyo is the answer to that mysterious taste. So it safe to say that it is worth a try even if it doesn't come with a cheap price

    3. Super Duper Delicious Yamen, kakaiba po talaga ang pagkaluto, at kitang kita mo yung sarap at linamnam, sabaw palang Panalo na sa lasa .. at napaka Affordable pa, really must visit this place..

    4. Natakam ako bigla sa ramen nila. must visit po itong kitchitora of tokyo entrance pa lang kita mo na yung ganda sa loob😍. Yun lang medyo pricey nga po talaga kaya dapat may extra budget pero mukhang worth the price naman po.