When we want to taste something authentic, we usually travel to the place where the staple cuisine originated. For example, if you want to taste authentic Pho, you’d immediately think of heading to Vietnam or if you fancy Pad Thai, you’d instantaneously dream of going to Thailand. As foodies, travelling for the sole purpose of exploring authentic flavours is absolutely fulfilling and gratifying. But most of the time, this can be challenging and expensive.
Fortunately, with the abundance of restaurants in the metro specializing in cuisines from different parts of Asia, one need not buy a ticket and fly outside the country to experience authentic local flavours.
For the past few weeks, Gi and I had been obsessed with sampling authentic Japanese Ramen. Favorably, an invitation from a friend to try a new Japanese Restaurant in Cebu came. It was a great opportunity for us to relish and enjoy another round of authentic Japanese ramen.
We’re eager to share to you the reasons why we consider Hamakaze Dining and Bar as one of the best Japanese Ramen places in Cebu!
Aside from the sprawl of coffee shops along A.S. Fortuna Street, this side of Cebu is also brimming with restaurants and interesting food places. Hamakaze Dining and Bar is conveniently located at ASY Bldg, A.S. Fortuna Street, Banilad, Mandaue City. Locating the resto is farily easy because it’s just right across Design Center and Jollibee.
Clean and simple, that’s how we’d describe Hamazake’s dining area. As with classic Japanese interior design, the place favors space, minimalism and simplicity. Only hanging lanterns adorned the place, lighting up the room with a soothing, warm glow.
In one setting, the place can accommodate 20-30 diners. It only has four wooden tables which can be merged to cater to large groups. If you’re dining alone and for the serious ramen afficionados who prefer to eat without the fuss and chatter, there’s a narrow bar counter in front of the kitchen where you can see how your ramen is prepared.
AUTHENTIC JAPANESE RAMEN!
Hamazake offers a wide selection of authentic Japanese Ramen. For as low as P240, you can already enjoy an authentic bowl of cold ramen and P280 for a steaming hot ramen.
Our favorite on their Ramen menu is the Tori Paitan Syo-Yu Ramen (Chicken Collagen Soup with Soy Sauce Flavor). Chicken bones are boiled for half a day which makes the broth so thick and flavorful. The meat (Pork Chasu) is simmered in soup for hours which makes each slice so tender and soft that it melts in your mouth. Tamago (soft boiled egg marinated in soy sauce), Negi (Japenese spring onions) and Seaweeds are also added to every satisfying bowl of Tori Paitan Syo-Yu Ramen.
Ramen noodles get soggy quickly so it should be eaten immediately after they are served. If you want to take photos of your ramen (shoot before eat. haha), you should be quick about it.
As with Japan’s custom when eating noodle dishes, a slurping sound is made when eating ramen. So don’t be conscious if others would think you’re obnoxious! You’re eating ramen just the right way. It is said that the slurping enhances the flavors and helps cool down the piping hot noodles as they enter your mouth. So the louder the slurp, the better! This would also show that you’re enjoying your ramen. It’s okay to leave some unfinished soup in the bowl but as courtesy and as a compliment to the chef, it is best to drink all the soup from the bowl.
Hamakaze is also open to serve its patrons during Lunch. It’s during this time when dry and cold ramen are available. A must try in their Lunch menu is the Tsukumen (cold noodle with toppings and a side chicken collagen soup and dip)
If ramen is the perfect choice for a heartwarming meal during cold season, Tsukemen is your savior when you’re craving for noodle on hot, summer days. Tsukemen is served with a cold noodle separated from the soup. To eat Tsukemen, just take an ample amount of noodle then dip it in the sauce or soup which is usually placed in a stone bowl to preserve the right balance of heat and maintain the firmness of the noodle. And this what makes Tsukumen enjoyable, you can satisfy you craving for noodle without saturating your tongue into a hot meal.
Hamakaze Dining and Bar also serves Appetizers and Side dishes that are a perfect pair for your bowl of ramen like the Gyoza (Japanese Pan-Fried Dumplings). If you’re not craving for noodle but still want something Japanese, we recommend their Garlic Pork Chahan (Japanese Style Fried Rice) and Tori Karaage (Japanese Style Fried Chicken).
They also serve ice cold beers, a perfect complement to a steaming hot bowl of ramen.
Hamakaze’s staff are friendly and quick to attend to customers’ needs. We liked that the waiting time for the orders to be served was reasonable. Customary to Japanese culture, unwinding after office hours is common. After a boisterous drinking session, filling the tummy with something warm and satisfying is always the best idea. This is the reason why Hamakaze Dining ad Bar closes really late (3AM).
If you’re a Ramen aficionado or simply on the lookout for a great Ramen place, Hamakaze Dining a Bar is definitely worth a try! 🙂
Location: AYS Bldg. AS Fortuna, Banilad, Mandaue City (in front of Design Center / Jollibee A.S. Fortuna) Operation Hours: Lunch – 11AM to 2:30PM, Daily Dinner – 6PM to 3AM, Daily
Operation Hours: Lunch – 11AM to 2:30PM, Daily Dinner – 6PM to 3AM, Daily