Ramen Sora, Japan’s best-tasting ramen house will open their second branch in the Philippines on March 26, 2015 (Thursday) along AS Fortuna in Cebu. Ramen Sora (Sora meaning “sky”) is from Sapporo in Hokkaido, home of the best-tasting ramen in Japan.
Chef Yoshi Ishise the man behind the restaurant’s ramen creations explains: “Ramen is one of Japan’s staple dishes just like rice to Filipinos. We could not live without ramen. At Ramen Sora we put our heart and soul into preparing dishes because we want to make our customers happy. Isn’t happiness life’s ultimate goal?”
Chefs Yoshi, Ishise, Tomio Hakada and Nori Suzuki, have partnered with Mr. Gerry Apolinario, Gerry’s Grill founder, and opened Ramen Sora’s first branch in the Philippines in Subic last December.
Born in Hokkaido in 2003, Ramen Sora Subic is the second international branch after Las Vegas, Nevada USA; which got a 5-star rating at travel website tripadvisory.com
Ramen Sora uses traditional methods of preparing their ramen, and usesonly the best and the freshest ingredients. “We offer everything authentic!” adds Chef Yoshi, who is also a sushi chef and the owner-operator of Sushi Twister in Las Vegas.
Chef Yoshi along with his team of Filipino chefs and partners from Prime Pacific Grill, Inc. (PPGI), guarantee that Ramen Sora will ‘transport’ Filipinos to Sapporo and offer them the best ramen they will ever taste.
Meanwhile, another food concept Yakitori Binchotan, will soon open beside Ramen Sora and offer guests scrumptious servings of Yakitori grilled using Binchotan, a special kind of charcoal found only in Japan that brings out the taste of the skewered delights.
Yakitori Binchotan’s recipes were passed on to Chef Nori by his grandfather who used to prepare them for his family during special occasions.
“Binchotan packs so much heat and does not emit smoke, which allows the full flavor of the food to come out. The high heat from Binchotan helps to properly sear the meat keeping it juicy on the inside,” says Apolinario.
Yakitori isn’t as simple as putting meat or vegetable on a stick and grilling them. “There is so much discipline required in preparing this dish. The smell, the aroma of skewered dishes, and ultimately the taste makes all the difference,” adds Chef Nori.
Gerry’s other brands are Gerry’s Grill Plus, Kusina ng Gerry's and Thai restaurant Sweet Chili in Fishermall, Quezon City. Gerry’s has recently celebrated its 18th anniversary and is soon opening in more locations this year including Aseana in Paranaque and Megamall in Pasig City.