Being a South Girl all my life means that growing up, Alabang Town Center's pretty much our go-to place in our little kingdom. It was when I started to have friends from what I usually call the "Far North" that I would sometimes explore places outside the BF-Alabang Area. You can't just make me go to the North, unless it's some place in Rockwell ( not-so-North ) and Podium. You just have to bribe with something that isn't here.
I like Powerplant and The Podium because ...
1) They're usually not crowd-infested. My patience just dwindles in a crowded place. Please don't judge me.Ö
2) They have stores, restaurants that you can't find here in the South.
3) They have nice cinemas with no long queues — The Podium especially!
I discovered Shitamachi in Podium by accident. It was a very random, lazy Saturday afternoon & P and I were hungry + killing time. Craving for ramen after work and seeing Shitamachi just before buying our movie tickets made my ramen girl heart skip a beat. I'm just so so glad that all these ramen restaurants are popping up left and right, making my ramen heart very happy. [ Read: Ramen Love at Nihonbashitei ]
That's P's chasu cooked just right. Chasumen at P395 or approx. $8.80
P and I like Shitamachi's broth. It's crucial. For me, it's make or break. I love how their broth is not too salty, but still flavorful. P's Favorite, the Chasumen, has a "milky tonkotsu broth with aged shoyu, chasu slices, and topped with ajitam, bokchoy, cabbage, leeks, and sesame seeds."
If you're in the mood for something spicy ( which usually is the case for me), you ought to get the Tantanmen. This one's bold and very rich. It's already spicy as it is, but I eat this with kimchi and I always add drops of chili oil. The Tantanmen boasts of "spicy ramen with homemade roasted sesame paste and spices, topped with spicy ground pork, bokchoy, leeks, and ajitama." It totally hits the spot!
I was told that the Volcano Ramen is Shitamachi's best-seller and signature dish + it sounded like not-your-typical ramen. I was curious, so I tried it. I was expecting some kind of a play with this. Admittedly, I was waiting for a mini-eruption but of course, there was never anything like that happened. Ahaha. With the Volcano Ramen, your noodles and all the ingredients are placed on a sizzling bowl and you simply pour the broth while the sizzling bowl is still hot. It was ok, but it's not Russ-friendly because it took me forever to eat my ramen coz it was too hot ( blaming my Thyroidectomy for doing this to me ) and by the time that everything's Russ-temperature, my noodles were kind of thick and soggy.
Worry not non-ramen eaters
What I like about Shitamachi is that they're not all ramen. I can bring my Mom here and she won't have to give me a charity meal by forcing herself to eat ramen. Lol. Good News: Shitamachi has non-ramen dishes like Beef Yakiniku Don, Spicy Chasun Don ( which I'm going to try next time ), Chicken Teriyaki Don, Chicken Katsu Curry with Cheese, Gyoza, Seafood Almond Roll, and a lot more.
The photo below is their version of Japanese Fries, but could also pass as Chips & Dips. It's served with three kinds of dips: Dip #1, Dip #2, and the Wasabi Dip. It's obvious which dip I liked most :)
For sweet endings, you can never go wrong with the Mango Cream Flan. It's like a mix of Panna Cotta and Mango Pudding. It's sweet, but not overwhelming. Other choices for dessert are the Japanese Creme Caramel, Matcha Panna Cotta, and the Yam Roll w- Vanilla Ice Cream.
Overall, I enjoyed dining at Shitamachi in Podium. Their staff are very courteous, enthusiastic, and friendly. It's the kind of warmness that will make a customer come back. And, to make things even better, I scored good ramen again.Ü If you're craving for ramen and want a nice, hearty bowl of happy food, Shitamachi is one of the places that you can go to. ☮..Peace + ❥_Love + Good Vibes. RUSS.
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✎ SHITAMACHI CHASU, PODIUM
☎ +632 5714568
✉ 5F, The Podium Mall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong