I pass by Araneta Avenue in Quezon City every single day. A couple of months ago, I noticed this new restaurant in the old trailer-style place. I was actually surprised that this Japanese Restaurant, Atsu Atsu Ramen, opened there as most of the establishments that were there before had already closed down.
It’s ironic though that Atsu Atsu Ramen has tons of customers in spite of the bad location. There must be a reason why people keep going back to the restaurant.
So when I saw the promo at one of the group buying sites early this year, I immediately bought it. My friend and I used the voucher a couple of weeks ago.
I got the Ramen Set for 2 so the food was perfect for both of us. Luckily, the food was good! The servings were just right too! I felt a bit sad though that both the group buying site and the establishment weren’t honest enough with the real value of the meal. It was said in the site that the original price is at Php 680 but in actuality, the real price is at Php 450. Anyway, it was still at 15% off so it’s all good.
Here’s what’s included in the Ramen Set:
- Kani Kyuri Salad
A full order of this is at Php 100. However, our mini salad was more than enough for us. The salad we had undertaken has cucumbers, crabstick and of course, vegetables with Japanese mayonnaise as dressing. A nice twist to our traditional salad.
A Japanese meal no matter if authentic or not won’t be complete without gyoza as starter. This can be ordered steamed or fried.
- Tokyo Ramen
We ate at the right time as it was raining! Perfect for ramen indeed and our choice for the day was Tokyo Ramen. Atsu Atsu Ramen’s Tokyo Ramen is a shoyu-based ramen topped with simmered pork, green onions, hard boiled egg, bamboo shoots and fish cake.
According to the menu, they followed Japan’s way of cooking ramen wherein the soup was boiled overnight. They also pride themselves with noodles that are imported from Japan. Can I tell? Actually I can’t as I haven’t been to Japan but I can say that the soup was delicious!
- Garlic Rice
I’m not sure why garlic rice was included in the ramen set. I’m thinking it might be because of the fish tempura. For us, the tokyo ramen is more than enough to fill our empty stomach
- Fish Tempura
When this was served to us, it became clear to me why rice was included in this set. Even though I was already full, I still finished this dish as I wouldn’t wanna miss the opportunity to be able to try out all the food served to us. Actually, as for tempura, I prefer this more than ebi tempura. I feel less guilty when eating fish tempura. It’s healthier, agree?
- Coffee Jelly
For dessert, we had coffee jelly. I was actually surprised when I started eating it. Atsu Atsu Ramen’s coffee jelly might look normal but it had real coffee there! It was like coffee with jelly on it. The dessert actually tasted good which made me think that cold coffee with black jelly will work well as a drink!
- Iced Tea
- Hot Tea (free)
Atsu Atsu Ramen’s complimentary tea isn’t really a part of the Ramen Set but we can request to have this served at our table. I just have to share this with you as I find the presentation soooooo cute! Don’t you agree?
The food was decent. I also like that the food being served in Atsu Atsu Ramen are very affordable. Service was nice too!
It’s also ironic that even though it didn’t look so nice outside, but when you enter the restaurant, it’s like being transported to a different place. The interiors are top-notch. The place feels very cozy.
I’ll stay away from Atsu Atsu Ramen till August 2011 as I know that there’s an ongoing promo. A lot of people will surely go to the restaurant and it might be hard to get reservation.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be back soon.
Atsu Atsu Ramen
1281 Araneta Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines