Butamaru

Westgate Center, Alabang-Zapote Rd. cor. Filinvest Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila

Butamaru
3.9
4.0 Stars

21 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 4
  • 4 stars 11
  • 3 stars 6
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 24 Reviews
  • 58 Recommend
  • 21 Reviewers
Category:
Ramen or Noodle
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:30a - 10:00p
Phone
+6328874255

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:30a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Most Recent Reviews

Midz S.
4.0 Stars
10

I have a confession to make... I am a ramen addict. It's one dish I almost always crave for. To me, there is no such thing as a ramen weather. I eat ramen whether it be a sunny or rainy season.

I have lots of ramen places bookmarked for me to try out, and I still can't believe I'm not finished with it yet. Maybe it's also because of how fast ramen chains multiply these days.

Even though I'm from the South, I don't frequent the Alabang area because of how much toll fees cost me. But today, I just figured I needed to tick this off my list. And so Butamaru, here I come!

It was roughly 12nn when we arrived the Westgate Center. We went around looking for parking areas only to find out that we were supposed to park at the edges of the road. Good thing there was one near the restaurant (this is near Neil's Kitchen).

We got inside the restaurant and it was quite empty. There were only 2 people by the ramen bar. We decided to sit somewhere near the window for us to have a good source of natural light perfect for our photos.

I was so sure on what to order that I didn't bother to check on the menu. We ordered the Shio Ramen and Ramen Salad.

127836 Shio Ramen P310
Not the best I've had in terms of broth, since it lacked richness. But what I discovered when I got home devastated me: you can request for a richer broth 128528 that's what happens when you don't read thoroughly. The noodles were a bit thicker than what I prefer but it was cooked well so it's okay. The ramen was topped with large pieces of chashu. These were so tender and flavorful. I think even those without teeth can eat a meat this soft. They made a pretty good job with the sweet and smoky flavor of their pork.

127811 Ramen Salad P280
Noodles and vegetables tossed in black sesame dressing. It also had some tamago on top. This one is a classic. Their sesame dressing is delicious. Who could say no to some veggies with this one?

Service was fast. Our food were served in just 10 minutes. The ambiance of the place is quite nice. It's brighter than the other ramen joints I've been to. They also have more seats that are not the bar area type upstairs. The price and size of the ramen is more or less the same compared to their competitors.

I will definitely come back to try the richer version of their Shio and their other best seller: the shoyu.

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Paolo S.
3.0 Stars

Came back to Butamaru specifically to try the ramen salad, toriten, curry tantanmen, and curry gyoza. 4 menu items not commonly found in the other ramen joints.

Ramen salad - expected something similar to a hiyashi chuka, but was surprised to find the ramen noodles soaked in a creamy black sesame dressing. Would still prefer a hiyashi chuka dressing haha but this wasnt bad. The presentation, however, is beautiful! Check out that flower bud made from pickles!

Toriten - not your typical karaage in the sense that its coated with tempura batter, as they say. And served with ponzu sauce instead of mayonaise. I liked this one, but for some reason its still karaage to me though haha.

Curry tantanmen and curry gyoza - flavor-wise, i enjoyed how the curry powder layered well with nutty broth of the tantanmen. But after half a bowl i really felt the 'umay' already start to seep in. Maybe its because i also had the curry gyoza to go with it too. Umay talaga sa curry hahaha. The gyoza probably wasnt a good idea either. I found it so oily (not necessarily just juicy) inside and out, it was dripping with every bite. And i think the curry flavor overpowered the other ingredients inside the dumpling.

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Faye M.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Dana A.
5.0 Stars

lunch set @ 300+ bucks!!! def worth the moolah!!! it was filling & very satisfying. butamaru is one of my favorite ramen places around alabang. that's tantanmen, gyoza & rice. dessert is also included in their lunch sets hehe!!!

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Jennel B.
5.0 Stars
2

Had Shoyu ramen, chahan and matcha ice cream on my first visit here and it didn't disappoint. So far, this is the best ramen I've tasted in Alabang area. Their chashu (pork slices) were really savory! Unlimited rice tea can be served for free upon request just like other ramen bars.

As for the place, they have this counter-type dining area on the lower level which is like what you can see in ramen bars in Japan. However, the area is a little cramped. They have a second level but was not able to check it since the crew said there was an on-going set-up for a Pop Talk episode filming that night. We even saw Tonipet of Pop Talk and had a picture with him when they arrived at the place later that evening. Haha!

Anyway, their pricing can be rated fair due to the quality of the food and service. The service crew were also really nice and friendly. Will definitely come back for more. 128077128077

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Chili G.
4.0 Stars
2

Had a dental appointment at Westgate so hubby and I grabbed some lunch before heading to the clinic. Decided to give Butamaru another shot after a couple of years. I tried their tantanmen the last time (and there is only one tantanmen for me 128540) so I decided to try the shoyu this time. Hubby got their tsukemen and we got an extra order of chashu.
Orders arrived quickly. My shoyu was quite tasty! I just didn't like the black stuff (I don't know what it is) cos it seemed they put more of that instead of the noodles. Hubby also liked his tsukemen. The dipping sauce was a bit thicker than usual and had a curry like taste. The extra chashu was good as well although I would've liked it a bit more charred.
Good experience overall 128077🏼

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Ginny B.
4.0 Stars

Never really planned on coming back here as i'd rather eat at the #1 ramen joint located nearby, but my bros were paying for dinner and i wasn't so hungry, so fine, pagbigyan. 128519 And well.... much to my surprise.. THAT CHASHU WAS A REVELATION!! Melt-in-your-mouth pork belly goodness braised in light sweet and savory soy sauce.. soo epic! Definitely enough reason for me to return. 128076

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Paolo S.
4.0 Stars

Another one of those places you walk in with anticipation without expecting much. Then end up realizing... "ah masarap pala!" 128522

Really enjoyed the tantanmen, shoyu ramen, and chahan. And the char on that chashu slice! Broth was milky without the "umay" aftertaste, noodles were firm... overall a thumbs up! 128077 They're not as known or famous as their nearby neighbor, but i'd still recommend this as a great alternative. 127858

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Nins A.
4.0 Stars

We ordered their shoyu ramen, pork gyoza and fried rice. I loved their gyoza because it's very tasty even without the sauce. I also loved how the ramen tasted, especially the firmness of their noodles. The fried rice had a lot of ingredients and tasted okay but I found it a little bit oily.

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Mae A.
4.0 Stars

And that chasyu piece on my Shio Ramen was charred beautifully. 128525 It was a melt-in-your-mouth experience as that is really is their claim. Overall, the ramen was good though it was a bit salty towards the end. Paired this with their Curry Gyoza but I probably should've stuck with the good old plain one. The curry taste was just strong for me.

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Marjorie G.
4.0 Stars

I have a love affair with ramen but eating them in a ramen place can be expensive. I wouldn't mind the price though if the food is worth it and so far, out of all the ramen places that I tried, Butamaru is the one where I could truly say it was worth the bucks.

It's located in Commerce Center Alabang. When you eat here I recommend that you order Tantamen (spicy peanut and sesame, P350). The spicy flavor is sharp but manageable. The peanut flavor is strongly present both in the aroma and the taste. The firm noodles, the deep orange creamy broth, the bits and strands of veggies, and the strong spicy flavor made for a one hell of a ramen. I will go as far as saying that this is by far the best ramen I have ever had.

Other ramen choices are Curry Tantamen, which as the name implies, has that an unmistakable curry flavor, miso ramen, and shoyu ramen.

There are three types of Gyoza; Plain Gyoza (pork dumplings, P130), Curry Gyoza (P150), and Cheese Gyoza. Out of the three, my vote goes to the Curry Gyoza for being the most savory of them all.

Butamaru offers delicious rice meals too. I was able to try Takana Chahan (Japanese style fried rice, P200) and Chashu Don (roast pork over steamed rice with soft-boiled egg, P280).

Be sure to order the Chasu (P150), round slices of roast pork that are very soft, you can pull a piece by just using chopsticks. It was really appetizing and makes for a great topping, both on their ramen offerings and rice meals.

I also tried what I believe to be the most curious thing in the menu, Ramen Salad (noodles with fresh vegetables tossed in black sesame dressing, P280). I mean really, have you heard of such a thing? It was served rather beautifully in a bowl, the vegetable cuts and the meat arranged in a way that is every obsessive compulsive’s dream. I had an impression that I might not like it, but Butamaru seems to be on a mission to prove me wrong. Ramen salad despite being dressed in vegetables was packed with flavors.

So try Butamaru for that excellent Ramen experience.

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Mitch N.
3.0 Stars

Had my early dinner/ merienda here yesterday before watching movie. We stayed on the 2nd floor for more comfy seat (couch) they recommended shoyu over miso ramen (i always love miso) so i had that and extra tamago. Order came fast it was served in a big heavy bowl. So excited to take my first sip i was hungry then because i didn't have lunch and it was okay. My tastebuds was looking for something more aside from its saltiness. I'm sorry but i would always/ rather go to Yushoken here in the south for their shoyu. Chasu was tender though, tamago was just okay too. The staffs here were accomodating and friendly128077🏻

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Mye B.
3.0 Stars

Im a Ramen lover...when i heard this place i really look forward in visiting it...Over all the place is nice and cozy good for ramen house...we ordered Shio and Tantan men.The soup is good too not too salty or too tasty to compare with other ramen house..i liked the Shio Better because the Tantan is too peanut taste...i didn like the noodle much i just didnt feel the taste of it and the soup is not that hot...for me i still Vote for Ukokei...

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Melvin P.
4.0 Stars

Tantanmen plus extra egg is Dabes!™

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Ian R.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Ney O.
4.0 Stars

One of the new ramen places in the South (means more competition for our fave Yushoken & Hanamaruken). Bar set-up, with only a few seats, so better come during off-peak hours. Broth were both rich and flavorful, chashu cooked differently than what I've been used to, which is not a bad thing - actually adds depth of flavor to the broth. Gyoza was really good, better than Yushoken. This place is in my top 5.

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Mia Q.
4.0 Stars

one of the best ramen places i've tried in the south!

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Mike S.
5.0 Stars

Excellent noodles! I like my ramen a bit gummy and not soggy!

Their gyoza is perfect!

Will definitely eat here again and again and again and again.....

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Marc David M.
3.0 Stars

I was excited to try out Butamaru since I am seldom alone in the Alabang area.

Miso Tonkotsu. The soup base is a welcome addition to the different styles of ramen. I liked it but it had a bit of burnt taste that probably came from the charred parts of the chashu maybe it's meant to be that way, I don't know. Still good anyway.

The chashu is not as melt in your mouth as the other reviewers said it would be.

I don't know if it was an off-day because even the noodles was a bit of a mess.. It tasted like it came from a dark and moist area infested with cockroaches (alam mo yun lasang storage na inipis/dinaga).. It was sad really.. Or maybe the noodles were nearing the end of their shelf life because it had a kind of sour after taste to it. Maybe I got served a substandard set because I arrived during the off peak hours of 4pm? I will, however, give Butamaru another try when I am in the area. I hope it was just a fluke. 128532

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Troy P.
3.0 Stars

After my shift, I stumbled upon a newly opened two month old ramen place in Westgate, Alabang. Butamaru serves authentic ramen with chasu in round, melt in your mouth slices which became their inspiration for their name.

We ordered their Tantanmen (Spicy Peanut and Sesame) and Ramen Salad (Noodles with fresh vegetables tossed in Black Sesame dressing) which was recommended to us by their server. The noodles in the Tantanmen is a bit undercooked compared to the Ramen Salad but we do love the sauce of their Tantanmen! Slightly oily compared to Yushoken or Ramen Nagi. But I will definitely order their Ramen salad because of its freshness and sesame taste!

For those vegetarians, you can ask to separate the pork 128055 in their Ramen Salad.

Can this compete with other Ramen places like Ramen Nagi, Yushoken or Ippudo? With a little bit of tweeking with their noodles, I think they are on the right track. 128077 This is one of the few ramen resto that allows take out orders but not highly recommended by them. 127836

PS: This ramen place is near Brother's Burger.

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