I never thought I’d go back to Nomama Artisanal Ramen after my first time there last January. I made a mistake in ordering and ended up eating Tempura, not one of my favorite dishes since I find it too oily to be enjoyable. But a colleague from the office told me that they ate there and enjoyed their food. So when I had my staycation at the Ace Hotel and Suites, I gave Nomama Artisanal Ramen a second (and a third!) chance so I can write a better review.
For lunch, I had the house specialty: the Nomama Ramen (P375 regular; P245 junior). The noodles were good and came with the house pork stock with special miso-sesame blend, chashu (meat) and tamago (egg). The soft-boiled egg smoothened the salty edge that miso soups have. The meat was also perfectly cooked and was not tough. It was a hot day so I only ordered the junior portion.
Meanwhile, Moche ordered the Wagyu Steak and Onion Ramen (P590 regular; P390 junior) with triple onion and miso pepper butter kitayama flank, seared with onions, sake and miao butter topped over noodles and served with soubise tonkotso broth. The wagyu steak tasted really good but the soup was too salty for me.
Then we had the Xaouen tea (P120). It’s this mix of green and white teas with green rooibois, orange, apricot, mango, rose petals, licorice and organic flavorings. It had a lot of things going on there but it was nice. It’s served in a cool apparatus that the waiter would put over our teacups and the tea would drain down into it. It was refillable so I tried experimenting and had it iced during the first couple of times and hot during the last serving. It was better served hot.
For dessert, we tried the Flourless Chocolate Cake (P175) with miso-salted caramel, which came with whipped cream. It was so decadent that it was more than enough for two people.
We went back to Nomama Artisanal Ramen later that day for dinner after my short jog. We ordered some Chili Garlic Glazed Chicken with Soy Caramel (P375). It consisted of two roasted thigh parts of a free-range chicken, flavored with chili and garlic glaze and came with some mashed pumpkin. We loved the mashed pumpkin but the chicken was too lightly flavored for me.
We also ordered some Teppanyaki Vegetables (P230) which consisted of zucchini, asparagus, bok choy, cabbage, carrots, stir-fried with soy and mirin. It was also lightly flavored so I was able to eat a lot of it alone after my Japanese rice was done.
For drinks, I had some Lemon Grass Iced Tea (P70). It started out as too sweet but all I had to do to remedy that was stir the ice cubes around. Then it was just right.
After my second and third try at Nomama Artisanal Ramen, I can say that I enjoyed the Nomama Ramen and the Xaouen Tea the most. The other dishes were just average and not too spectacular. It would be a while before I go back there.