Keep reading why this is the only ramen in Baguio that you should line up for! (UPDATED pricelist)
Why “Agara Ramen”?
(Read this fast): “Agara Ramen!” So witty how the name sounds like “agraraman” in our local dialect. It means “ambitious.” Truly fitting because the new ramen bar is aspirational and ambitious to be the sought-after and affordable ramen place in the city, which is fueled by a humbled and deep passion for ramen!
The partners and concept behind Agara Ramen
Owned by a married business duo, Ray Costa (The Agara Ramen Master) and Keith Costa, put up a ramen bar-style inspired from authentic ramen bars in Japan. A 14-seater classy ramen bar with an edge that welcomes every diner with an eclectically industrial interior, an amazing brick mural, and Japanese jazz, hip hop, rap playing in the background. The humble ramen bar is stationed at the ground floor of Rancho Guillermo Building, North Drive, Engineer’s Hill, Baguio City.
The Agara Ramen Master
The head Agara Ramen Master, Ray Costa, had years of experience learning how to cook ramen while living and working in Tokyo, Japan with his mother. His commitment to creating an amazing and filling dining experience in every ramen bowl is rooted from his personal experience and fandom for ramen–a true Filipino ramen head! Armed with experience in cooking ramen, Ray moved back to his hometown, Baguio City, to ensure the authenticity and quality of Agara Ramen bowls that are deeply satisfying and more affordable compared to other famous Japanese ramen houses in the city.
A Fulfilling Dining Experience
The 14-seater ramen bar welcomes you to an open kitchen and that makes the experience more exciting! Agara Ramen recommends you to finish the ramen dish in less than 10 minutes and “no-take out” policy is urged, to ensure that you savor the best quality of the dishes. In fact, you can win a bowl of ramen if you film yourself eating the whole serving and beating the record of 1 minute and 10 seconds!
Ramen: A Japanese comfort food favorite
I can’t think of any reason that ramen era will ever be over in Baguio City. With our famous and notable cool climate, devouring a serving of a hot dish is truly comforting and delightful especially when it’s a bowl of ramen! Baguio “peeps” are indeed blessed to have Agara Ramen that serves classic and authentic ramen bowl favorites!
Agara Ramen Menu
Agara Ramen offers six ramen styles which includes; Chuka Soba (a pork, chicken, fish and vegetable broth), Tsukemen (a dipping ramen dish), Tonkotsu Shio (sea salt base and pork broth), Tonkotsu Shoyu (soy sauce and pork broth), Miso Ramen (strong pork miso soup) and Tantanmen (spicy pork broth soup in sesame seed paste).
You can also customize your ramen bowl by adding Shoyu Tamago (Japanese soy sauce egg), Chasu (braised pork belly) and/or Nori (seaweed). They also have side dishes such as; Gyoza (dumplings) and Karaage (fried chicken skin), of course, the perfect beverage to wash down all the delish goodness is the Mugicha (cold Japanese Barley tea) or soda!
One of their specials is the Chuka Soba (Chinese Noodles) which is a pork, chicken, fish and vegetable broth, with Chasu, fish cakes, and bamboo shoots. This bowl is abundantly flavored which I love, as well as, the Tsukemen which is a dipping ramen dish made with livestock vegetable broth with soy sauce. Tsukemen is a ramen dish that Kazuo Yamagishi, also known as, “The God of Ramen”, created.
Tasting each ramen style with a quick slurp of the springy noodles and milky broth introduces a luscious, rich and strong taste which I can distinctly note that I’m consuming the best ramen in town. Even the lightest ramens; Tonkotsu Shio and Tonkotsu Shoyu, have adequate piquancy that is purely appetizing, but for me, my favorite would be the Tantanmen which is cooked with just the right hint of spice. Every dish of Agara Ramen is sufficiently savory and authentic, and I think that is the reason why it is the only ramen in Baguio you should line up for!
Agara Ramen Prices (as of this writing):
Chuka Soba: Php320
Tonkotsu Shio: Php310
Tonkotsu Shoyu: Php310
Miso Ramen Php350
Shoyu Tamago Php60, Nori Php40, Chasu (2pcs.) Php80, Kaedama (thin extra noodles Php80 and thick noodles Php120)
Gyoza 3pcs Php100, 5 pcs Php150
Wagyu Cubes Php200
Ebi Tempura Php220
Agara Ramen Operating Hours:
Sundays to Thursdays: 11 AM to 12MN
Fridays to Saturdays: 11 AM to 2 AM
Follow Agara Ramen’s Social Media Accounts for more updates and promos:
Facebook Page: fb.com/AgaraRamen
Facebook Group: fb.com/groups/AgaraRamenHeads
I am not an official food expert, but I try my best to genuinely share what I think of the new food finds I try in Baguio City. My preferences may not also be your preference. Thank you for reading!