Hanamaruken Ramen

The Grove by Rockwell, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. (C5), The Grove, Pasig, Metro Manila

Hanamaruken Ramen
4.1
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36 Reviewers

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  • 42 Reviews
  • 95 Recommend
  • 36 Reviewers
Category:
Ramen or Noodle

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Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Vinny L.
4.0 Stars
3

I don’t know about you, but the rainy weather makes me crave for ramen whenever I hear the pitter-patter on our roof.
While the best-selling Happiness Ramen is Hanamaruken’s unique signature dish, the Japanese ramen joint created an equally delectable but different kind of noodle bowl. It’s been too long since they introduced a new dish, and their Ebi Ramen was worth the wait. Its rich and milky prawn broth is teaming with briny shellfish flavors, and there’s also a hint of sweetness in every slurp.

Each Ebi Ramen bowl has three fresh succulent tiger prawns and a smooth and savory aji tamago egg—a perfect mix of ingredients that plays around various textures that complements the sweet and creamy tare well. This new ramen bowl is a refreshing addition to Hanamaruken’s menu, and it’s actually the first time the restaurant chain from Osaka came out with seafood ramen. Not only is it a tasty blend, it creates a different ramen experience altogether—one that is filling, yet has lesser calories!

Like the Happiness Ramen, that features a whole slab of rib in traditional tonkotsu broth in every bowl, the Ebi Ramen also costs P580 per serving. Among their new menu items are the Bacon, Tomato, and Egg Soba; Hiyashi Ebi with Soy Sesame Dressing; and Double-egg Oyakodon.

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars
9

I have been hearing a lot of good feedback about this ramen joint at The Grove. It made me curious when two of the foodies I know and trust mentioned that this is their favorite place for their noodle fix. However, I could never seem to find time to visit as I usually head elsewhere. Luckily, I got the perfect opportunity to drop by a few months ago.

Hello, Hanamaruken.

We were greeted by the restaurant’s striking blue round signage and it felt like we were transported to one of Japan’s modern ramen bars as soon as we stepped inside.

The beautiful dark brown tables along with eye candy Japanese décor and yellow lights tickled the frustrated interior designer in me.

Since this visit was part of The Grove by Rockwell Food Hop, we were able to try several dishes.

First on the list was Signature Happiness Ramen (PHP480).

This beautiful bowl of ramen topped with slow-braised custom cut soft boned pork rib was heavenly. I loved the richness of thes shoyu tonkotsu broth without being too overwhelming or cloying.

The ribs too were divine! I really appreciate the slight twist Hanamaruken did for this dish. Instead of the usual sliced chashu, they put in a whole rib! And even the bone's edible. Yes, it is that soft! (I feel sorry for the dogs though as we just ate the whole thing.)

I also liked that the noodles were firm and remained firm till we were done with our shoot (which lasted for over half an hour).

The Curry Tan Tan Mien (PHP340) which uses the same base as Signature Happiness Ramen was good too. It had a lovely curry taste which is uncommon for most ramen bowls. I liked that it wasn't that spicy and overly flavored.

We also got to try the dry ramen called Arakawa Abura Soba (PHP290). This dish is a collaboration between Hanamaruken and Wrong Ramen. The pan fried ramen noodles in reduced tonkotsu sauce, topped with slow cooked spareribs, onsen egg, R Lapid's chicharon, nori strips and negi concoction seemed to be a noodle lover's version of beer match.

It's best to share this bowl with someone as it tends to be on the salty side.

I wasn't able to try Champon (PHP320) or Hanamaruken's version of chopsuey,

But I didn't hear any negative reaction from the other foodies I was with so I'd assume that it was at least decent.

Hanamaruken's rice bowls were pretty good too and affordable at that. We sampled Happiness Rice Bowl (PHP250) and Drunk Man Rice Bowl (PHP280).

The Happiness Rice Bowl, similar to its ramen counterpart, has pork rib on top of perfectly cooked Japanese rice.

The saltiness of the succulent pork was just as good and I feel that it tastes a lot better with rice. I'm just not sure if it's the Asian in me talking, but I liked how the strong flavor of the rib was balanced by the neutral tasting rice.

Drunk Man Rice Bowl, on the other hand, as the name implies, is designed to cater to intoxicated foodies. The kakuni or braised pork was paired with two sunny side up eggs and sprinkled with chili bits.

Since I'm not fond of spicy food, I brushed off the spice and went with the braised pork with rice and egg. And the taste was quite similar to Happiness Rice Bowl. But do get this if you love eggs!

I wasn't able to try the mouthwatering Chicken Karaage (PHP320) as well as I was too focused getting my portion of ramen with noodles (which, believe me, could be very challenging for those who lack chopsticks skills).

I'll definitely order this on my next visit!

I last sampled the humongous Ebi Tempura (PHP480).

Hanamaruken uses tiger prawns for its tempura hence its size and price-wise, it's actually one of the cheapest I've had. But cheap doesn't mean bad tasting as the fresh prawns and crispy batter combo was an absolute winner. I actually liked this dish more than its ramen! I think I now have a new favorite place to satisfy my tempura cravings.

Overall, it was a great dining experience. Service was superb and food was good. It'd be better though if they could adjust the saltiness of some of their dishes.

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Joren A.
4.0 Stars
3

I liked it.

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Vinny L.
5.0 Stars
2

The current weather is quite unpredictable, but I found a hot-and-cold combination that surely beats it both ways. And in case you’re not quite aware yet, the foodie’s cardinal rule is: Always have room for dessert. If there’s something I bet you already know, though, it’s that matcha-infused goodies are always so intriguingly irresistible with its earthy flavor.

If you’re a fan of Royce’s Nama chocolates, rediscover its ooey-gooey goodness in Hanamaruken’s Matcha Lava Cake with Ice Cream (P180). The creamy, melt-in-your-mouth taste of matcha in every bite will make you order dessert as an appetizer.

The second you fork through the lava cake, it reveals a generous filling—an oozing, rich matcha mess.The outer moist green tea-flavored cake is as decadent as its melted matcha milk chocolate core that you almost can’t tell them apart. It is also topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The sponge cake ala mode is completely sprinkled with icing sugar, which I hope Hanamaruken will ditch soon for legit matcha powder—I obviously just can’t get enough of this Japanese flavor! Pair it with the refreshing Iced Green Tea (P80) and you’ve got yourself a blockbuster matcha duo. If these won’t give you a serious dose of matcha madness, I HONESTLY don’t know what will.

If you want a more traditional lava cake, they also have the Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream (P180).

Hanamaruken’s signature dish has always been the Happiness Ramen, featuring a slab of fall-off-the-bone pork rib in rich tonkotsu broth—but with desserts as good as these, it’s no longer the only thing that brings happiness to every visitor of Osaka’s time-honored ramen chain.

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Marc M.
4.0 Stars
3

Whenever I get wind of "Limited", "New Menu", and "Off-The-Menu" Ramen items, I would get hyped-up. I couldn't stop thinking about it until such a time that I be able to try it.So when Peanut D sent me a photo of a Seafood Ramen by Hanamaruken in the works being tried by some guy on an early sneak peek.
I was jealous.
I just gotta have it as well. I was on the verge on crashing "The Grove" by Rockwell and demand Hanamaruken for an early preview as well. Heck I was even ready to beg for it. 128514 Buti na lang nasa states pa si Peanut D and the message was sent to me in the wee hours of the morning. But I had trouble sleeping after that knowing it won't be available yet. 128557A few days passed, here comes EJ B posting pictures of Hanamaruken's New Menu Launch event. Another early preview for hardcore bloggers I presume 128548.Naunahan pa ko ni Angela Marie C 128548 and she told me medyo bitin. I don't know what's worse. Being Bitin? or being left out. 128514 When will it be my time? 🤔First weekend it was out, takbo agad to The Grove by Rockwell. 128514I was curious as to why Angela Marie C said she was bitin. So konting pictures lang then arya na! Kailangan magkaalaman na 128514Ebi Ramen!Well, the soup itself was creamy. You can taste the essence of the Ebi but is not as salty as you would expect. Maybe it's the same reason Angela Marie C described it to be "lacking". A few more tweaks perhaps? Or maybe this was deliberately made this way to cater to older people or those who are looking out for their salt intake or those who like lighter ramen. (Munching on an Ebi fixes this for me though.)After a few sips, I began mixing the bowl to even out the toppings and soup. I was surprised, however, that the soup was almost gone. Seems like the noodles sucked it dry (for a lack of a better term 9996128514) For a moment it was almost like Pasta instead. (See Pic) 128561Still, I enjoyed it's creamy goodness. Munching on an Ebi to amp up the saltiness and enhance the flavor of the noodles and broth with every slurp.For me, the bowl could use a few more tweaks. Probably more soup and a little more seasoning. 128522

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YVette C.
4.0 Stars

This time, I tried their most affordable ramen, The Salary Man Ramen for P280. It was OK, still for sharing and it was a good ramen.

But, Happiness Bowl is still the best 128521

Service was slow and asking for the bill took so looooong. (We dined on a Friday lunch)

Sad to hear that they don't allow take out/to go anymore.

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Abe C.
5.0 Stars
6

Hanamaruken Ramen of Osaka has one of my Top 3 ranked Ramen's-- the Signature Happiness Ramen. And it remains so despite me trying so many more of the other ramen's that have sprouted all over town since this specialized cuisine's boom 4-5 years ago.

TIPS:
+MUST ORDER #1 - Signature Happiness Ramen! (now at PhP 580)
I rank this ramen's protein as probably the best one for any ramen I've ever tried (and I've tried my fair share here and abroad). This big chunk of pork rib is aptly described as a "tender, slow braised custom cut soft bone pork rib" that's about 70% meat and 30% fat. Savory, salty, and it affects the shoyu tonkotsu broth in a great way by adding flavor to it. A must try and must repeat, repeat and repeat dish.

+MUST ORDER #2 - Ebi Tempura (Php 580), this used to be P480, which for me was the best value for money, biggest size tempura I've tried. And well presented with the shrimp or prawn heads, too. Best for more than the solo situation I find myself as I write this. Alas it's now P580 but it should still be worth it. 

Hanamaruken also have a few rice toppings (the Signature Happiness Ramen version is admittedly not as satisfying so I recommend either the Drunk Man's Rice Bowl or the Pot Belly Rice Bowl), the usual sides and, oh, about 6 to 7 others ramen's to choose from, and they're generally good, too, but I'll stick to my guns.

This branch's service was very good, for both dine-in or kitchen. Value for money (127775127775127775127775) is still acceptable to me, though the two Must Orders had just increased in price in recent months. Shout out to Charlie Paw for giving me a heads up on the price increase, that it was overdue. Don't worry, Hanamaruken is still among my faves. 

Worth a Try      : Hell YES! 
Worth a Return : Any branch, yes! The North, Pasig (Central/East) & South are covered.
VERDICT 127775127775127775127775127775

(visit: Sept 2016)

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Charlene J.
5.0 Stars
4

When we walked in to Hanamaruken, we were seated right away despite the fact that the place seemed pack - which was good.

My sister and I ordered the Pot Belly Ramen. And wow, I have no regrets. The pork belly was so soft and juicy that I didn't have a hard time chewing it considering the fact that I have braces. *cries* I thought it would be hard for me since it was all belly, but nope, it was so easy for me to chew and swallow it.

The broth....something's really different about the broth which I love. I can't put my finger on what makes it so different among all the other ramen restos I've tried but I think it's the warmth in the broth. You can just taste all the ingredients mixing together wonderfully and you can feel the broth giving you ~warmth~ with every sip.

The noodles were perfectly cooked as well. They're not too soft and not too hard. It was quite a big serving of noodles, and the ratio of noodle:soup was excellent.

I would rate this place a 5/5! I left the resto with the biggest food baby ever haha. Defenitely worth the money!

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YVette C.
5.0 Stars
2

It's my 2nd time to dine here (because it is quite expensive) and still, this place is Excellent!

Food were really delicious. Ramen is always good for sharing. I'm glad that they allow you to bring home your excess ramen. Their huge tempura is really really good; expensive though but worth trying even just for once. 128512128077🏼

Their service was great; fast and staff always available.

Chasyu Ramen P320
Ebi Tempura P480

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Patty D.
5.0 Stars
3

We usually order their salary man ramen because its almost the same with their other ramen and the spicy red broth ramen is also good if you love spicy food. This resto is a bit expensive but worth it. Your visit wont be complete if you will not order their Tempura. If you want a legit tempura with huge and quality tiger prawn this is the place for that. They also include the aligue filled giant prawn head! 💟128536128525 haha! Their edamame is also good.

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YVette C.
4.0 Stars

I'm not a fan of ramen but I loved this! Would definitely go back. Signature Happiness Ramen P480 and Drunk Man Rice Boowl P240. 128077🏼 However, it felt hot in there and the high chair was uncomfortable for me.

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Mark B.
5.0 Stars

One of the best ramens i have ever tasted. Tempura and chicken karage was good also.

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Muffy T.
3.0 Stars
3

we were invited to have early dinner here with friends- but after a not-so-great- experience at their trinoma branch, i was a bit skeptical. true enough, the food is exactly the same. the ramen lacked depth of flavour, and the noodles were soggy. the only big difference is from their trinoma branch is the service. the crew was attentive and in high spirits.

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Kyla B.
5.0 Stars

this ramen really gives me happiness!! 100841008410084

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Karla C.
3.0 Stars

The food was good but too oily for my preference. The design and layout of the restaurant was not very impressive as it felt cramped even though there weren't a lot of people inside. What I like about the place though was their excellent customer service. The food was served in no time and the servers were pleasant and very attentive.

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Kyle B.
5.0 Stars

My boyflet (lel jk) have always wanted to eat ramen but since the weather is crazy hot and I'm not a fan of ramen.... We would always eat at other restos. I dunno kung paano ako napilit kumain dito hahaha but I would often read in looloo how good the Happiness bowl was (and I wanted to try ALL the restos in The Grove!) so I gave in.

I obviously got the Happiness bowl and man, did it make me happy. I loved the thick slab of pork included in the ramen. The very fast serving time was a factor too, we got our orders in less than 5 minutes. At P480, it will definitely make your wallet sad but your taste buds and tummy will feel otherwise.

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Shelyn S.
4.0 Stars

Ramen craving solved!! Ordered the happiness ramen and the serving came with a Huge slab of pork.. happy tummy! 128522

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Rbr P.
5.0 Stars

If you love ramen... pork ramen in particular, this place is for you! Try their signature Happiness Ramen and I am sure you will be more than satisfied. The broth is reaĺly good and the barbequed pork is sinfully indulgent and really succulent. Warning: their serving is huge 128517 I am sure you will be back for more!

If you are in a group, you can order their karaage (chicken) or shrimp tempura on the side to share!

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Myra L.
5.0 Stars

Real happiness! That's what I'd call their signiture ramen because it's true. 128523 The broth is not very salty and without a taste of pork fat. It's just the perfect pair to the meat that oddly tasted like....humba. 128566 Forgive my common taste, I know it's weird but it's actually good! I like the added sweetness and roasted flavor when you pair the meat with the noodles and the soup.

Their interiors look beautiful too. Plus, I enjoyed their good selection of eastern House-like music. Made it feel like a fully conceptualized ramen experience! 128077

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Livid G.
5.0 Stars

Chicken karaage 220php
Signature happiness ramen 480php

The chicken is super tender inside and crunchy outside :)

The happiness ramen has shoyu tonkotsu broth with soft bone pork rib. The pork is perfectly marinated and is super soft. I don't usually finish the soup when eating ramen but finished this one.

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