This Japanese Restaurant Serves Ramen Like Never Before
by Sherry Tadeja, April 10, 2019 5:10pm
The love for good food is evident among us millennials—we line up for hours in food parks, buffets, Korean restaurants, and are avid users of food delivery apps. This craving for unique food experiences with creative culinary styles and strategies is the reason new blood restaurants continue to capture our taste buds—the more out-of-this-world, the better.
If you seek a different food experience, we recommend this new player in the Maginhawa food district. Kureji, a gastronomic Japanese fusion restaurant offers an unusual take on our favorite comfort food, ramen.
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Kureji takes the ramen experience to another level. They are best known for their out-of-the-box or shall we say out-of-the-bowl ramen. Think sizzling but with soft noodles that glides to your mouth with every slurp, fresh-cut meat, and hearty soup that fills the soul. No need to rush because their ramen is kept warm served in a stone bowl. Ramen is best served hot, after all.
Satisfy your craving with their bestsellers: the Sizzling Carbonara Udon, thick noodles in carbonara sauce, complete with mushrooms, bacon bits, and topped with an egg giving your party favorite dish with a twist; and their Tomato Seafood Ramen, a red noodle dish in spicy-tangy tomato soup topped with salmon, squid, shrimp, kani, and spiced with kimchi perfect for downtimes and under the weather feels.
Since it’s a Japanese restaurant, Kureji offers what is expected from Japanese cuisine, but each dish always has this signature western fusion to it. There's their bestselling Pork Gyoza which has a sweet and nutty flavor. Asahi Buttered Clams cooked in beer and butter; Edamame Kimuchi, steamed edamame beans tossed with a special Kimuchi (Japanese version of the beloved Korean dish); and Chicken Teriyaki Kamemashi, Japanese rice cooked in Kamemashi (Japanese kettle bowl) with chicken teriyaki served in a hot pot.
True to the Maginhawa aesthetic, Kureji fused their flagship branch at Malakas St. Diliman, Quezon City to a home-turned-restaurant. The place was renovated to incorporate Japanese style mixed with modern minimalist design in the form of like white brick walls, open wood shelves, and indoor plants—a cozy place to fill your heart with savory dishes.
The flagship branch is spacious enough to hold special occasions with its function rooms. One room can cater to 10-12 people and the other 30-35 people. There's also outside tables where guests can bask their eyes in pleasing Japanese-inspired outdoor elements.
At Kureji, they take what is not supposed to be and put it into a new light. Because that's what food should be—to become new, to branch out so it can be known, shared and enjoyed by everyone, anywhere.