People usually bike around town to exercise and reduce those nasty chubs, yet some others don’t have such clean motives- like that one time when we ended up having a belly-bursting ramen trip instead! While already at the border between Antipolo and Marikina, we decided to stop by Tamagoya! Noodle House for dinner- a most legendary ramen place that’s been talked about and pilgrimed by our local ramen enthusiasts.
It’s been four years since my first visit here and it’s still one of the top ramen joints I can proudly recommend. The prices, taste, quality, and quantity of food- basically everything, are still the same (which is pretty rare for most establishments- cost cutting anyone?) And I hope that it will indeed stay that way for them to stand the test of time and become the legend they’re meant to be!
Finding it is a cinch- its address is at #2 Soliven St., Antipolo City. Take note that Soliven St. and Lilac St. is where Marikina and Antipolo City connect to each other. Coming from Marcos Hiway Quezon City side, turn left to Sumulong (turning right would be going up to Antipolo proper) and go straight, then turn right at Petron Gas Station (Soliven St.). You’ll be seeing Tamagoya right away on your left side. Check the map above!
What I love about the place is that it’s 100% Nihon-themed from the inside-out. The entrance is a sliding door furbished with traditional cloth dividers (I believe they are called noren.) And everything around is made of wood! The chairs, tables, stairs, the floor and even the wall (I think). The lighting is comprised of dim yellow bulbs to accentuate the ambiance more, and outside the 2nd floor windows are sleek designs of various Japanese plants that will make you forget you’re in Manila.
The restaurant is a bit cramped, but I guess that makes it all the more authentic. The hospitable staff then greeted us new patrons with the usual Japanese welcoming phrase “Irashaimase!“, proceeded us to our seats, then took our orders. Service is fast as well! It didn’t take long for the food to be served.
My all-time favorites are the Stamina Ramen, Kara Buta Don and Yaki-Gyoza- I’ve lost count already on how many times I’ve ordered them before. I consider it a healthy addiction! Because for a Japanese restaurant specializing in ramen, their price is surprisingly quite affordable if compared to its competitors Ramen Nagi and Ukkokei Ramen Ron that have noodle bowls that cleave your wallet for around 450 PHP. Tamagoya is half-the price (and more), and it’s almost just as delicious! Belly-filling? Definitely!
Here are our usual favorites: