Mensakaba Geishu

Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque, Metro Manila

Mensakaba Geishu
4.4
4.5 Stars

45 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 24
  • 4 stars 16
  • 3 stars 5
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 54 Reviews
  • 150 Recommend
  • 45 Reviewers
Category:
Ramen or Noodle
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 2:00p
Phone
+6325469302

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • Closed
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Parking:
Street
Ambience:
Casual
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Attire:
Casual

Most Recent Reviews

Ian P.
3.0 Stars
4

Wife and I had very mixed feelings about the place... It took us several attempts to actually eat here. First time it was late so they were closed, 2nd time we found out they were closed on Mondays, so on and so forth. Finally we went again and they were open! Finally!
Love the place! Small, comfortable, very Japanese, authentic as how ramen houses would be in Japan, Japanese gentleman cooking. Awesome.
Ordered the house ramen w pork and my wife hot the black tantanmien. My ramen was actually good. Lightly flavored with a clear broth. The pork was excellent. The noodles were ok. My wife's black tantanmien had the same broth as mine with addition of the black sesame paste. Sadly the flavors were missing, or they weren't working for us.
In fairness to this ramen house... They have a good product, my wife and I prefer tonkotsu broth style ramen.
But if your in the south... Try it out!

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Dennis O.
4.0 Stars

It was raining the whole day and we were craving for some ramen due to the cold weather when I remember this ramen place. The place is on the opposite end of BF Aguirre in front of the former Bull and the Girl resto where the area is less crowded and not yet populated by many restaurants.
Inside the place only a long over the counter table for approx 12 person. The place was really small and elongated. It was similar to japanese ramen house we saw in some anime or movie. The owner was behind the counter preparing ramens. It was cute to see this two old couple actively doing their passion.
For the ramen I tried the Miso soup ramen. I love this bowl of ramen since it was not salty but the soup flavors was strong. It was really cheap for 250php. Wasn't expecting so too much
Overall great rame for a small place.

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Donna K.
5.0 Stars

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I give you the most legit place for Ramen.

The ambiance, setting and flavors all say "authentic" heck, an old Japanese man cooks the handmade noodles himself!

For P250 you have a hearty bowl of warm goodness. Perfect for cuddle weather if you asked me. I ordered the Shoyu, while MC had the spicy one whose name I forgot.

We also had an order of Gyoza and it was the "melt in your mouth" kind. Absolutely scrumptious.

So the next time you're in BF, and you're craving for Ramen, this is definitely the place to go to!

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Kathryna d.
5.0 Stars

This restaurant made traveling all the way to BF worth it.

Upon entering the small restaurant you will be warmly welcomed by their staff. The nice couple who owns the place are very hands-on with everything, the Japanese husband in charge of the cooking and the Filipino wife front-lining the 12-seater dining area. What a lovely tandem! 🇯🇵🇵🇭 I looked them up and I learned that their names are Hirofumi Hotta and Alyn.

I ordered their Chashu-Men which was Shoyu ramen with 7 slices of roasted pork fillet. My companion got their Tantanmen. We also ordered two sticks of bacon-wrapped asparagus.

We got stuck in so much traffic on the way here so I was delighted to see a fresh cold towel and iced Japanese tea ready for us at the counter. 128077🏼

I really felt the no-frills just good Japanese food of the restaurant with its clean environment (clean toilet as well). We were served our bowls of ramen by Alyn and I couldn't contain my excitement any longer. The light broth was a refreshing start for my ramen experience, quite different from the usual rich tastes of Ikkoryu, Ramen Nagi, and Ikkoryu. Their noodles are firm and the pork was tender and flavorful; they were serious about the seven pieces of pork! Winner! My companion said that their Tantanmen was perfectly seasoned, she got the mild spicy one which was just perfect for the rainy weather.

Their bacon-wrapped asparagus was perfectly grilled and drizzled with a sweet teriyaki sauce, their other yakitori choices are good for pairing with their ramen bowls.

Overall, this has got to be the best value for your money authentic ramen experience in BF. Everything below 300 pesos and the service was nothing short of superb! It makes the long journey all worth it. 128076🏼

The entire staff was smiling at us as we were leaving, the warm smiles from the cute couple felt like we were at our second (ramen) home. 127886127884127888127887

Adios! 128111

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars

This place is a good example of keeping it simple and straight to the point. Nothing fancy and pretentious, and a focused menu that allows them to specialize on what they do best... a warm bowl of ramen!

Their broth is lighter than most ramen joints, on purpose. Serving sizes are just right, and coupled with the light broth, there is no 'umay' factor after you finish a bowl. Highly recommend the black tantanmen and the paikomen (ramen topped with a huge slab of pork!). Every bowl falls within the P200 range... so considering the quality and taste, this is VALUE FOR MONEY!

Speaking with the owners, they really put a premium on ingredients and quality. I once came in to find out their ebi wantonmen was off the menu for the day since the cook didn't like how the wanton wrappers tasted. If that doesn't speak about quality, I don't know what does.

This is the south's best kept ramen secret. So let's spread the word and make it our worst kept ramen secret 128077128521

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Peach L.
3.0 Stars

Am I missing something here?

This ramen hole-in-the-wall that's situated in the slightly deep streets of BF Paranaque is consistently getting stars... but I'm confused.

One ramen-craving day, we looked for this place and found it somewhere that's not too easy to find. It's just a small place with 12 bar stools so it's safe to assume that you are not allowed to chismis from lunch til dinner. Luckily, we went there on an odd hour so there was no customer in sight. I was a bit giddy expecting that my cravings will be sufficed by this 4+ star-rated ramen bar.

I chose the highly-recommended black tantanmen and aji tamago. While waiting, I took some shots of the people preparing my food, they didn't look happy to me so I wondered... did we disturb them?

When my food arrived, my smile immediately turned into a frown.... my aji tamago looked like a regular hard-boiled egg! Sacrilege! You don't do that to my aji tamago! 128545

I stayed calm because I've yet to try the ramen. At first glance though, I knew I wasn't going to enjoy it. My black tantanmen which looked similar to Ramen Nagi's Black King looked like it wasn't cooked well. Visually, it looked like the flavours have some sort of feud. When I tasted it, the impression is the same. I could taste each flavour but the thing is, all the elements in my bowl are not united in taste. I tried to fix it by drenching it in sesame oil to no avail. 128559 The noodles tasted like instant and it was a bit soggy. They also skimped on the meat. Well, it was less expensive than the other good ramen bars so it made me feel less disappointed. After 3 sips, I decided not to go back. I couldn't even finish it and I'm not the type who can't finish a ramen bowl.

So now I wonder, is it just me or their quality is not consistent? Should I give it another try or just avoid wasting my money again?

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Jane E.
5.0 Stars

Most authentic Ramen I've tasted. Pictured is their Tantanmen! Broth is lighter than other tantanmens I've tried. But it is bursting with flavor! You can tatse all the other elements of the Ramen. Noodles are nice and firm :) owners are friendly and service is excellent. It does get full during dinner time and especially on weekends. A taste of Japan right here in the South. Highly recommended!!!

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Marc D.
5.0 Stars

One of the best tantanmen's I've ever had. Great service also. Tell them that their food is great. Gives homey vibes because the owners and the rest of the team talk to their customers hehe.

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Aika C.
4.0 Stars

I've wanted to eat her for so long. My mom finally gave in, after several pilit moments hahaha

Here are our orders:

127845Gyoza - flavorful dumplings! Only issue was that they were a bit oily, but i half expected that because they were pan fried.

127834Roast pork with rice (forgot the name)- loved the roast pork. I usually remove the fat but i ate the whole thing here, fat and all. It's flavorful and just oishi (not the brand -oishi 128518) 10084

127836Shoyu ramen -broth had just enough sodium in it. I thought it was ok but not my kind of ramen.

127836Tantanmen ramen -spicy enough to make me break a bit of a sweat (i have a high tolerance to spicy food). Soup tasted kind of like black sesame to me. I loved this and would def order it again!

*Noodles in the ramen is really good. They're just slightly chewy and they absorbed a bit of the ramen soup perfectly.

127861 iced barley tea (house tea) -soo refreshing. Unsweetened iced barley tea was the perfect pair to their food.

Servers and the owners are really nice! Place is small and it's bar type so be prepared to slurp your ramen beside other people. I didn't mind because i think it just adds to the experience. 128109128109

I want to go back soon 10084

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars

For our third stop, we went here for our "pampababa" meal. 128540 if you want Ramen that's simple; affordable and not maarte but oh soooo goooood, this is the place for you! 128076

We shared a bowl of shoyu ramen. The soup was served very hot which made our heart and tummy warm and happy. Best way to end our mission for tonight. 9786128077

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Ney O.
4.0 Stars

A hidden gem in BF - It's a small ramen bar with the Japanese owner preparing the food, no fuss, no tricks, just good inexpensive food!

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Ricky d.
4.0 Stars

It's all about the flavor of the broth for this soup lover
Tantanmen and gyouza

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Mitzi B.
5.0 Stars

Talking about cheap and yummy ramen. Meal is prepared on the spot and you get to view them do it. Love dining here cause it's just so affordable for authentic ramen. The price for a bowl of ramen starts around Php250.00 and does not get any higher than Php300.00. Their gyoza is juicy and full of flavors, just writing this review makes me want to go back and have another bowl of ramen with gyoza as sidedish. The great thing as well aside from cheap ramen, you don't need to worry about drinks. If you're into tea, they serve unlimited or refillable cold tea for free. The taste of their ramen is hard to explain, but it's SO GOOD!! That I keep coming back for it whenever I crave for ramen. You can tell that I'm not the only one who agrees in this since they are always jampacked with people, but just a warning though...don't be shock on the size of the place since you'll be seating besides several people in a single row table. But that's fine since they say that it's really like that in Japan, which is an added point to making you feel that you are dining in Japan. The employees their are so friendly that they smile alot. Also the owner himself, who is by the way the chef there. But anyways to end this, I'll definitely be coming back for my bowl of hot authentic ramen and juicy soft gyoza again...missing it already. 128513

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JC R.
4.0 Stars

...nothing over 300 bucks and its a damn good ramen prepared by the japanese owner himself.

...good thing this hidden gem is near where i live.

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Kai P.
5.0 Stars

First time kong sumubok ng authentic ramen at di ako nadisappoint kasi tamang tama lang sa panlasa ko. Siguradong babalik ako dito. Ps. Gonna try black beans noodles. I highly recommeded this.

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Clifford K.
5.0 Stars

Paikoh ramen + 2 sticks enoki bacon + soda = big hunk of meat lover's lunch = happy me for just P470! Expect some items to be out of stock when they open on Tuesdays for lunch, though - they haven't recovered from the weekend yet

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Nina P.
5.0 Stars

Good food, barley tea till u drop.

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Clifford K.
5.0 Stars

As a child, I loved watching documentaries. Jacques Cousteau and Sir David Attenborough were some of my most cherished heroes. This makes my experience of Mensakaba Geishu even more quaint because they show episodes of Japanology to entertain their guests as they wait. Today the discovery experience is continued as I try menu items which I haven't had before.

First up was the bacon wrapped eringi mushroom. One stick is just a quick couple of bites, but quite nice. Next up was the regular gyoza, which was extra toasted today, yum.

For my main, I got the new offering (forgot what it's called, sorry), the ramen with ribs. It was a sizable hunk of pork ribs, lightly battered and fried before being added to the ramen. It was a little difficult to eat due to the size, but very tasty. 128077128077128077!

In line with my discovery theme, learning new things paid off, and I'll definitely have these again in the future.

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Clifford K.
4.0 Stars

Had the abura soba, two sticks of tori hatsu, plus a can of soda for P370. Great value and good food.

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John B.
5.0 Stars

Simple unpretentious and great value for money. This goes to my top 10

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