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Thursday, March 17, 2011


I know what you are thinking...

Yes, besides how you are sending a mental handshake to Liam Hemsworth for breaking it up with Miley Cyrus because of her love for "twerking", I know that you guys may be groaning again and thinking:

"ERICJAZ, come on?!!!! What gives?!! ANOTHER Ramen post?!!"

Well... I could just be lazy and say "This is our blog so just read all the ramen posts we could come up with..."

OR, I could be all sweet and nice and give you a hug then defend this move by exclaiming that I cannot NOT include Ramen Bar because uncool as it may seem, it ignited our love for the Japanese noodle dish.

Yes, please lambast ERICJAZ Foodies that we are somehow very "commercial".  He he he!

And please, do correct me if I'm wrong because RAMEN BAR did start the trend of Filipino slurping at every nook and cranny. And even if ramen greats like Ukokkei and Shinjuku have been with us longer, RAMEN BAR was somehow the firework that lighted up this passion for Ramen in the Metro!

And if it is not yet obvious for ERICJAZ FOODIES, where ever people are eatin', we are goin'!

We are cool that way!

You : (cough cough... not!)


It was my better half's week long birthday celebration (yep, that's how Team YAP does it) and one of my treats for him is our first time dinner at RAMEN BAR!

Why hello there Mark Anthony! I'll be stalking you later!

RAMEN BAR in Eastwood was quite spacious, well lit and had that simple chic vibe going on. 

You could also while your time in RAMEN BAR by checking out their cutesy patootsie cartoons!

Haaay... I miss the cartoon show Candy Candy....

Not that I was already born in the 1980s... my older friends just told me about it. Yes that's what I meant.... He he he he! (wink wink!)

... and just in case you feel like going to RAMEN BAR's restrooms, it's hidden in the corner :)

I swear that this is the first time I really ate in a specialty Ramen store that I asked the waitress "Which one here is similar to the broth of Nissin's Ramen?"

Hence, the face of the RAMEN BAR waitress... ha ha ha ha ha!

After she left.... 

Me : "Well? Which one is it???"

I could just choose from RAMEN BAR'S special menu if I want to!

We loved the water glasses at RAMEN BAR. So simple yet so original and durable. The glass is so thick I doubt if it will break if Andrei accidentally drops it!

My little guys liked it too and practiced drinking from it....

Until he got a full tummy!

He he he he he!

Yoda: A foodie.... He is not... MMMMM?

The birthday boy ordered RAMEN BAR's Yakiniku Beef  Topping (P165.00).

My husband forgot to ask the servers to remove the vegetables, his edible waterloo.... 

But he was so excited to eat his RAMEN BAR beef bowl that he immediately dug in!

Andrei saw that his Daddy was enjoying his RAMEN BAR beef so much that he tried to fend himself a piece using his chopsticks!

Yub also ordered RAMEN BAR'S Chahan (japanese fried rice P120.00) to go with his beef. Upon a chopstickful of this rich carb, he fretted a bit thinking he could have gone without the other one.... The fried rice was already jampacked with ingredients that it was a perfect meal in itself!!!

Well my Andrei could sneak out beef strips from his Daddy while Yub could fret all he wants with his chahan  but I will just have THIS!

RAMEN BAR'S Shio Ramen (P280.00)!

In their menu it was described as a salt based noodle soup with tamago egg, nori strip, and chasyu slabs....

I would describe it as a big bowl of Japanese heaven!!! Every spoonful of the broth would make you want to slurp some more! The Ramen was perfectly chewy to the bite! The toppings just added another depth of flavor to every slurpful!!!

This is so good, I dare not share!!!


But I did thought of it... Ha ha ha ha ha!

Also ordered some of RAMEN BAR'S Edamame (Soy bean pods) to nibble on in between slurps of the noodles! 


This is the face of somebody who is so hungry that he is not anymore willing to do my usual "about to eat shots". HA HA HA HA!

As much as I wanted to keep my RAMEN BAR noodles all to myself, little Andrei was so cute that I just have to give him half of it all.

Tee hee....

He loved the RAMEN BAR noodles so much that he made a little dance using his hands!

My Chinese stalker finally got his RAMEN BAR fill and was now willing to do my usual food shots with him as model!

Give me a smile huh give a smile!!! 

Since we were celebrating his weeklong birthday, we ordered RAMEN BAR's Tempura Ice Cream (P150.00)

I lighted him a candle and we sang Happy Birthday to him. Forgot to take a picture though.... He he he he!

Little Master Andrei commandeered Yub's birthday dessert for himself! Ha ha ha!

My little guy enjoyed it so much and finished the whole plate! He did give us a tablespoon or 2 to try!

Since we enjoyed our first meal at RAMEN BAR so much, we came back with a vengeance with our first born Mati!

He was not able to join us the first time since he wanted to go with his Lolo and Lola for that night. Ha ha ha ha!

Little Mati's front permanent teeth just grew and he was not yet used to using it for his food! :) 

Little Andrei though was very supportive and wanted to give him a hug while he was eating his RAMEN BAR bowl. This made my Mati very annoyed! Ha ha ha ha!

But annoyed or not, Mati was still able to finish one big RAMEN BAR Shio noodles all by himself! :)

Last May, 2013, I dragged my husband to eat at RAMEN BAR once more because I got a craving to try their Spicy ramen!

My husband, the non-Ramen eater (boo), ordered his usual favorite the RAMEN BAR Karaage (P155.00).

I think there are about 4 or 5 chunks of this flavorful meat which comes with a simple salad and a teaspoon of their special salt!

Yub touches neither and just gobbles up the RAMEN BAR fried chicken!!!

As for me, my new favorite in RAMEN BAR is their Spicy Karaage (P280.00)!

This is my new love in RAMEN BAR... Spicy broth with their very tasty Karaage chicken!



.... and in no time.... :)

He he he!

Ramen Bar
Eastwood Mall
G/F Eastwood Mall, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave.
Bagumbayan, Quezon City
(02) 570-9457

Saturday, March 12, 2011

HOUSE OF WAGYU STONE GRILL (Part deux - Yub's birthday)

For TEAM YAP, we do not just celebrate somebody's birthDAY -- we usually celebrate it for a week or more. Most recently, Mati had so much fun with his 2 week birthday celebration that he requested to have it for 3 weeks next time!

The rules usually are, we sing to the celebrant at the strike of 12:00am and eat at his choice of restaurant every dinner for a week (or two). Then, in the restaurant, we will sing to the celebrant a HAPPY BIRTHDAY with matching candles (that's why I always have candles in my bag). Most recently, Mati added to the "birthday rules" that he could play video games or watch TV with no "Mommy conditions" (I ask them to write in their journals first before playing). Well let's see how that "plays" out (pun sorta intended).

At the start of my husband's birthday week, I did not wait for him to request his usual Aysee's (see that HERE !!!), Buddy's (also HERE !!!), or even at JT's Manukan (yup HERE !!!). I wanted to treat him someplace special and different from his usual requests. You see, my husband has very simple tastes and it does not take a lot to make him happy. That's why I love him VERY muchos gracias! :)

So I surprised him with a birthday pre-dinner at the HOUSE OF WAGYU STONE GRILL since I had such a heavenly meal there with the Ladies Who Lunch (see that HERE !!!).

The smile on my husband's face at the first bite of his Wagyu was priceless. You'll see it later on. Ha ha ha! He truly loved my treat for him that he can't stop thanking me enough (naughty grin).

I told him his happiness was worth every peso I forked for the meal.

Naaah... Actually, I'm posting and writing about this so he would treat me to HOUSE OF WAGYU even if it is not my birthday. :)

I just love my steak that way. Ha ha ha ha! Kidding :)

It's a day before my hubby's birthday and I surprised him at HOUSE OF WAGYU STONE GRILL!

Yub : "This is a warning to anyone who goes near my hot wife..."

Oh Yub! That would be convincing if you don't have that silly grin on your face!

HOUSE OF WAGYU STONE GRILL's complimentary soup with the steak!

For tonight they served us creamy pumpkin soup. My husband took a small (and quiet) sip and lighted up! He knew he would be in for a special treat since the soup was SO good!

My husband does not eat vegetables and would even make weird specifications to the waiter just so that it would not mix with his food

For example (I kid you not) : "Waiter, yung atsara, ilagay mo sa kabilang plato. Wag na wag nyong isasama sa plato ng barbecue at di ko kakainin yan kapag nadapuan ng atsara yung barbecue.". ("Waiter, please put the pickled papaya on a separate plate. Do not put it in the same plate as my barbecue. It the picked papaya  touches my barbecue, I will not eat it".)

So I was happily relieved that he loved his soup considering it was mushed pumpkin pureed and blended with stock.

Yub : PUMPKIN??? What the...

Kidding :) he he he!

HOUSE OF WAGYU STONE GRILL provides brown bibs to diners so as to prevent meat oil splatters while the steak sizzles.  

My husband though was very giddy (kiligations) that somebody was putting a bib around his neck. Ha ha ha!

Yub you could remove that silly grin from your face okay?

Is it just me or in his past 4 pictures my husband's smile looks like as if it was just plastered on his face? It never changed!! Ha ha ha!

Let's EAT!!!!

I ordered HOUSE OF WAGYU STONE GRILL's Wagyu New York Strip (P1,850.00) and we get THIS.


I now have tears in my eyes... This is just so beautiful.....

My husband sliced his HOUSE OF WAGYU STONE GRILL steak with ease and like a boss!

Such a beautiful sight! Plus the aroma will make all your senses take a trip to cloud 9!

I don't know about you but I especially loved the sight of oils dripping down the side of the grill in HOUSE OF WAGYU!

My happy birthday boy who was so excited to take his first bite that he decided to pose first like Zoolander.


Ha ha ha ha! No, he did not take a swig at a Datu Puti Vinegar shot!

I'm sorry if this picture will cause you nightmares but this was how my hub looked like after putting a newly grilled and juicy Wagyu strip inside his mouth. He said it was just so good that his face nearly internally combusted!

So that the steak would not be too well done for his taste, he put the cooked Wagyu beef on a side dish :) 

I also ordered some HOUSE OF WAGYU STONE GRILL'S Gambas (P275.00) for a little bit of surf and turf action to go on his birthday!

I'm going to snuck out these cubes of Wagyu beef when he's not looking he he he he!

My plate!!! I ordered some Garlic rice and ate Yub's buttered vegetables too!

Oh I'm DEFINITELY going to get all this fat then scrape the stone grill for the garlic and salt bits!

All done!!

Hmmm... I have not scraped this enough....

HOUSE OF WAGYU STONE GRILL sang to my husband and gave him a complimentary chocolate birthday cake!

Yum! Such a great dessert!!!! Thanks HOUSE OF WAGYU STONE GRILL!!!

The bill!  

Truly worth it! I don't mind forking out as much for the man I love and for such delicious meat!

See you soon Thor!

Kidding :)


Wagyu Stone Grill
Eastwood Mall
G/F Eastwood Mall Veranda, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave
Bagumbayan, Quezon City
(02) 706-5385
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