Ramen Nagi: Original King and Black King

May 20, 2017 | food | 23 comments

After our visit at Tickles – SM City North branch, Hubby and I decided to try Ramen Nagi for our late lunch. 

I have tried different varieties of ramen but not something like Ramen Nagi’s Black King aka squid ink ramen. Black soup? Eww, it looks gross but interesting! I’ve been meaning to try it for the longest time and I was very excited that I finally get to taste it.

Known for its Butao King (traditional pork bone soup) and Black King, Ramen Nagi placed on top for must-try ramen houses in the metro. It was established by Chef Ikuta Satoshi in Japan in 2006 and opened its branches in Hongkong, Taipei, Indonesia, and Manila (2013).

Before taking our orders, we were informed that they do not allow TAKE OUT for ramen as it gets soggy when it is eaten long after it is served. Hmmm, that makes sense.

Nagi Star Salad, P280
Our appetizer, Nagi Star Salad. It is a mixed of sliced cabbage and lettuce with crispy noodles topped with special dressing and cherry tomatoes. The vegetables are fresh and crunchy. I’m not fond of crispy noodles but I find myself eating every bit of it. The special dressing is delicious too.
Original King – Butao, P390
Hubby ordered Original King – Butao. He always goes for the best seller. As expected, he loves it! It is a tonkatsu pork-broth prepared in the traditional method. It is rich in taste and very aromatic. Will surely order this the next time we visit.
Black King (Kuroo), P410
And lastly, my Black King. Fragnant blackened garlic and squid in a silky broth with succulent chasu, finished with a ball of minced pork, black sesame, and Nagi spices. 
But before I dipped into my ramen, one of the staff offered me to wear a bib so I can enjoy my food without worrying my shirt to get dirty. 

Black King reminds me of my mom’s famous adobong pusit which is my next favorite to her pork sinigang. I could taste its rich flavorful squid ink which I really enjoyed. The noodles and the sliced pork were perfectly made too. This is something ramen lovers should definitely try.

Overall, we are happy customers! Serving time is 15 to 20 minutes but the food served earlier which is impressive. Reasonably priced too since they are good for sharing. The place is really nice and the staff are accommodating. I will definitely try Butao on our next visit. 

Ramen Nagi
Upper Ground Floor, Main Building
SM City North EDSA
Tel No. 02 3740503
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  1. momi berlin

    Seems you enjoyed your black ramen just looking at the photos. And how thoughful of the food staff to offer a bib. Hihi. Thinks like that would also make me remind of adobong pusit. Ihihi.

  2. Corinne & Kirsty

    OMG the food looks amazing. Your pictures are stunning. Sounds like you had a great experience! xx corinne

  3. Amila Wickramarachchi

    It's nice to hear that you enjoyed your visit to this place and the food.I really like to taste the Nagi Star salad above.It looks colourful and delicious.And other food looks tasty too!

  4. Parenting Patch

    Ramen Nagi sounds like an amazing place to eat. Your pictures are stunning. I would love to try that black squid ink dishes.

  5. Sandy Dobbs

    Japan is on my bucket list to visit. The food looks really good, but I would have to practice to be able to use the chopsticks 🙂

  6. Jessica Taylor

    I am a sucker for ramen, so this would be a great spot for me! Looks amazing!

  7. Sarah-Louise Bailey

    Oh wow this place looks absolutely amazing and the food delicious, it is somewhere I would love to pop in and grab a bite to eat.

  8. AiringMyLaundry

    Oh yum, all this food looks delicious!. That salad especially. I'm all about ramen noodles, so I'd love to try this out.

  9. Jenn Goggin

    Food looks yummy and service seems to have been quick. I have never tried this type of food before, I think I need to now!

  10. Samantha Bye

    This looks so delicious! I want a Black King really bad!

  11. Esse D

    I had no idea there were so many ramen options. I'm actually ashamed that my knowledge of ramen has been so limited. Everything looks so good!

  12. fashionmommy

    I do love Ramen, one of my fave choices at Wagamama, but not so sure about black soup, just not visually very appealing for me.

  13. Angela Risk

    I LOVE Ramen. Like actual good yummy Ramen. We are lucky to have a place near by.

  14. Danielle Leigh Elen

    I have never tried this before, but it looks amazing! I'm well overdue for a meal of ramen noodles.

  15. David Elliott

    Looks like such unique and interesting food. The salad looks awesome to me. Just very refreshing. If I get out there I will have to check this out.

  16. Anonymous

    The bib looks like it came in handy. This is definitely not your ordinary ramen, everything looked really good.


  17. Milton Goh

    I love the black king version, it's super delicious! Your post is making me so hungry! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos too!

  18. Rizza Smith

    This is really looks a good ramen and looks you enjoyed it. I love that place and want to go there soon.

  19. Hey Sharonoox

    I love a good ramen and this looks so delicious. Making me hungry now!

  20. Anosa

    I am loving ramen as well. The place looks gorgeous and i must say the staff is very nice to offer you a bib.

  21. Katja Knox

    See! All fast food does not need to be gross deep fried, unhealthy stuff. I'd wait a lot longer than 15 minutes for these bad boys!
    Katja xxx

  22. Nicole - Miss Sparkle

    I'm so hungry right now and this looks amazing! Wish I'd had a place like this around the corner.


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