A shopping trip to Glorietta 5 meant a chance to try Kichitora of Tokyo. So, for lunch, we headed into the restaurant chain’s second branch in the Philippines. From outside, the restaurant provides a sleek and stylishly dark contrast compared with its neighbors.
As we waited for our order, we got to take in the décor; the interesting Japanese accents such as the bamboo elements, the koinobori streamers, and the colorful kimono fabrics on the walls. There is, of course, a mural featuring a tiger which is a nod to the origins of the restaurant’s name: kichi = lucky, and tora = tiger.
The Paitan Ramen Zenbu no Se with its milky chicken broth had a different punch from the pork broth we’re used to in Manila, but is delicious nonetheless. Pork lovers needn’t worry since this ramen bowl’s ingredients include generous amounts of chashu. The slices of ajitsuke tamago also add to the creaminess of the dish.
Our reco: with the Paitan Ramen Zenbu no Se alone, we understood why Kichitora gets mentioned among Manila’s top ramen places. It’s definitely worth a try. We’ll be back to check out Kichitora’s other offerings.