Sigekiya Ramen in Commerce Center is one of the newest players in the ramen category. They opened around second quarter of this year and they already have quite a following. The place wasn't that huge but just like other ramen joints, it had an open kitchen with a bar area where you can dine facing the kitchen. It has the usual flare of Japanese ornaments, umbrellas, lanterns and hanging paintings/calligraphy in cloth.
|Sigekiya Ramen, Commerce Center, Alabang|
Sigekiya's Ramen Master, Mamoru Sugizaki, flew in and trained the local staff to ensure that the techniques in preparing the ingredients and cooking the ramen will be closer to home. According to Miguel, they import almost all ingredients from Japan to ensure authenticity, except of course the live produce.
|Ramen x Gyoza!|
Level 1: just like having black pepper in your soup
Level 3: spicy but just fine
Level 5: you like spicy dishes
Level 10: you really like it hot
But if you are the extreme kind when it comes to the spiciness level of your food, you can ask them for additional spice - no extra cost until level 20 but the following applies if you wish to get more ---
Level 21-30 = 15Php
Level 31-40 = 25Php
Level 41-50 = 35Php
Level 51-100 = 50Php
|Sigekiya Ramen: Small for 290Php | Regular for 360Php | Medium for 400Php|
|Additional Aji Tamago for 40Php|
If you do not prefer such a thick broth, you can opt for the "light" version. Miguel was also very open to suggestions and said that customers have been requesting for thinner noodles which they are already looking into.
|Tsukemen Gyokai Regular for 370Php | Medium for 400Php | Large for 490Php|
Aside from the noodles, we also got to try their Gyoza, Chicken Karaage, Tempura and Okonomiyaki.
|Ebi Tempura: 3pcs. for 190Php | 5pcs. for 290Php|
The chicken cuts were bigger than usual making it hard to eat them. They're more of the "ulam size" rather than bite size. Though the chicken meat was tender, the coating had too much salt and was rather oily. The sweet-chili sauce didn't sit well with the chicken. Maybe a simple lemon pepper dip or something that's mayo-based will do.
Yushoken's gyoza is my ultimate favorite and I believe they have one of the best in the Metro. I'm so happy to report that Sigekiya's version was as good! The signature toasted bottom, freshly made, tasty filling - Sigekiya's Gyoza even had soup inside each dumpling, more like that of a xiao lang bao. Good job!
I swear by Dohtonbori's Okonomiyaki that's why it's very hard for me to get pleased by other restaurants' versions. Most times, when a Japanese restaurant specializes in, say ramen, they don't do well with their Okonomiyaki or any other Japanese food. Like if a Japanese restaurant specializes in Sushi and they also offer ramen, more likely it's going to be a crappy bowl. That's why I was a little skeptical with Sigekiya's Okonomiyaki. Surprisingly, I liked it! It didn't have any odd taste, just the right softness and mushyness and with the right marriage of flavors - meaty, salty and a little sweet. Not bad at all!
They don't have dessert options, btw, but they give out free frozen jellyace at the end of each meal! Not a big thing but hey! Still free LOL
|Okonomiyaki for 150Php|
|Jellies for the kid in you!|
Overall, it was a pleasant visit. Sir Miguel was very accommodating and very open to feedback as well. He takes customer satisfaction seriously and would not hesitate to adjust if needed. I hope they'll expand soon to reach more people in the Metro.
4 out of 5 Stars for Sigekiya Ramen!
--- Sigekiya Ramen: GF, The Commerce Center, 1780 Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City