Nomama Artisanal Ramen: A Bowl Above the Rest

Nomama Artisanal Ramen Spicy Tantanmen Bowl

Ramen is a good rainy day fix, and rain is what we have an abundance of along with heavy traffic. But seriously, we can't fault hardcore ramen lovers for their obsession; ramen is indeed very comforting and soothing. Not all are slurp-worthy, however. I'm just gonna cut through the unnecessary prose and say that Nomama definitely serve great ones.

Chef Him Uy de Baron's {owner and chef of Nomama} creations are as interesting as his name. Him? How cool is that, right? Those who have tried his dishes know the magic he can do. Those who haven't tried, the rest of the post are for you. 

Nomama veers a little away from the average {read: boring}. In fact, the name is a portmanteau of this idiom: "not your mama's". My friends and I tried a couple of Nomama's dishes, and here's my humble take on them:

Nomama Artisanal Ramen Edemame Hummus with Sliced Pita
Edamame Hummus with Sliced Pita  

An elevated Levantine dip that's definitely far from ho-hum! It's delicious! And when I say delicious, I mean mind-blowing. The edamame and tahini purée with Japanese 7 spice clings on to your taste buds like a leech. No qualms whatsoever because it's a great fusion of smoky, sweet, and spicy. In lieu of the usual pliable pita, Nomama's serve theirs in squares and deep-fried.

Nomama Artisanal Ramen Soft Shell Crab Sliders
Soft Shell Crab Sliders

These baby burgers are something to look forward to. I prefer the Soft Shell Crab over the Tori Karaage, although the latter is not so shabby either. I just really, really, really like crabs. 

Enveloped in a well-seasoned crisp batter is the crustacean with a fresh-from-the-ocean type of natural sweetness. Kimchi mayonnaise and watermelon salsa provided a good depth of flavor that was quite irresistible. 

Tori Karaage Sliders
Tori Karaage Sliders

Nomama Artisanal Ramen tantanmen
Tantanmen  PhP 260 (Regular Bowl) / PhP 390 (Large Bowl)

Spicy sesame broth with organic pork and chillies, poached egg, and bok choy. Yes, this made me breathe fire. I have low tolerance for spicy food, so I'm perfectly happy with just the milder varieties. But, this one had that kind of appeal that will make you want to finish a bowl despite the level of spike. It's that good. I just take swigs of the Lemongrass Iced Tea to kill the burn, and then I slurp again. Slurp, drink, repeat. I'm a gastronomic masochist.

Nomama Artisanal Ramen
Nomama Ramen  PhP 245 (Regular Bowl) / PhP 375 (Large Bowl)

You're probably itching to try this out of curiosity or you're just simply hungry, like I am now. Whatever the reason maybe, this signature ramen bowl {hence the name} at Nomama will not disappoint. The bouncy noodles swimming in a long-simmered house pork stock, special miso, chasu, and tamago was simply amazing. 

Nomama Thai Green Curry Ramen
Thai Green Curry  PhP 240 (Regular Bowl) / PhP 355 (Large Bowl)

For me, this is the holy grail of coconut curry ramen. A total kickass! The precious mix of homemade green curry paste in coconut broth, seared chicken fillet, bok choy, and peas was an entirely new flavor all together than your average ramen bowl. I'm not a huge fan of coconut broth, but this one turned me into a convert. The slightly burnt surface of the chicken fillet was my undoing. I yield to thy savory power. It added a deliciously distinct flavor that lingers.  
Almond-Crusted Lapu-Lapu, Miso Brown Butter Vinaigrette, and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Almond-Crusted Lapu-Lapu, Miso Brown Butter Vinaigrette, and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes   PhP 470

Based on the dish's description, you can already tell that this was one good dish. It wasn't. It was great! The roasted lapu-lapu was kept tender and moist by the delicious coating, yes; but it was the burnt butter dressing that made it heavenly.

Half-Cooked Tuna Steak
Half-Cooked Tuna Steak  PhP 390

Seared tuna is a favorite - one of the 12,000. This was a huge slice of premium-cut tuna. The crimson fish is seared on one side, doused with kabocha and bacon with smashed edemame dressing, and topped with red pepper dashi.

Kitayama Wagyu Beef Cheek with Miso

The delicious tender chunks of beef cheek lies on a bed of sweet kabocha purée and miso sauce. You'll never know the real meaning of the word "buttery soft beef" until you've tried this. This is literally buttery soft. You can smear the beef on toast. I swear it! 

Warm Smitten Cookie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream  PhP 255

Nutella lovers will rejoice over this one because the chewy cookie is stuffed with it. Sandwiched between the two halves of a cookie is a big scoop of homemade vanilla bean ice cream. It's garnished with hazelnut crumbs and slices of fresh strawberry.

Nomama Artisanal Ramen
Capitol Commons Shaw Blvd., Pasig
Contact No.: (+632)542.25.58
Facebook: Nomama
Twitter: @nomamaramen
Instagram: @nomamaramen

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