Before anything else, I’d like to apologize in advance for the sucky photos. I did not bring my camera at the time because I didn’t know we were eating out so I had to use my cellphone to take pics. I don’t feel like going back to Mitsuyado Sei-Men any time soon so I decided to make do with the material I have on hand.
It began with an errand. My hubby and I went to S&R at The Fort to grab a few things. On the way back home, he said we should have lunch at that new ramen place on Jupiter Street. He had read about it on another blog and said it seemed interesting. It turned out to be Mitsuyado Sei-Men.
The place was jam-packed. I wanted to leave because I was really really hungry and I didn’t want to wait to be seated, but my hubby was determined to eat at Mitsuyado Sei-Men.
Even the tables by the entrance were all taken, there were people standing around waiting to be seated.
Finally after what seemed like an eternity, we got a table. I noticed a variety of condiments in front of me — soy sauce, chili powder, sesame seeds, black pepper, chili oil…
Hubby stayed on the safe side and ordered Shoyu Ramen (P250, pictured above). The broth had a very deep, rich taste and the noodles were cooked perfectly al dente — firm and chewy. He liked it a lot and I had to agree it was pretty good.
I decided to be adventurous and ordered Marutoku Tsukemen (P320) and Cheese Sauce (P70, pictured above) on the side. I poured the cheese sauce over the perfectly al dente noodles.
Marutoku Tsukemen comes with noodles and a bit of dipping sauce that looks like soup (see above photo). The dipping sauce seems vinegar-based and is sweet while at the same time savory. It has bits of meat and vegetables. You’re supposed to dip your noodles in it before eating.
Marutoku Tsukemen is served with a sheet of seaweed, a hard-boiled Japanese egg, sauteed beansprouts, and slices of soft pork.
They have the worst ramen egg I have ever encountered — the yolk was completely dry and tasteless.
Marutoku Tsukemen was a disappointment. For almost P400 (P320 + P70) I felt as if I was eating noodles topped with Cheez Whiz! Yes, the cheese sauce tastes like melted Cheez Whiz. It’s so… ugh. The dipping sauce was a mix of sweet, sour, and savory but the Japanese women on the table beside ours complained it was too sweet. The pork slices that came with my order were way too fatty. The only saving grace was the perfectly al dente noodles but it was ruined when I poured the cheese sauce all over it. O_o
My failure of an order, combined with the fact that we had to wait an eternity to be seated AND served (after ordering it took well more than 30 minutes for the food to arrive on our table), made for a less-than-stellar dining experience that I don’t care to repeat any time soon. I thought it was not worth the waiting time and definitely not worth the price.
22 Jupiter St., Bgy. Bel-Air,
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