Surugin Ramen House Review
Finally, on our fourth visit and after almost two hours of waiting, we were able to try one of the super-hyped ramen houses in Tagaytay – Surugin Ramen House.
So how was Surugin Ramen House?
Was it worth all the hassle?
Hmmm, let’s see.
Address: 101D Sulsugin Road, Purok 3, Brgy. Sulsugin, Alfonso, Cavite
Opening hours: 11 AM-7 PM, Thu-Tue | Closed on Wednesdays
Neatly placed amidst a residential garden, Surugin Ramen House has a cozy, nature-y, rustic feel. If you’re a fan of Ghibli, it’s like you’re in one of his animated pictures. It is a combination of old and new, familiar and foreign. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a place to dine in that offers something extraordinary, the Surugin Ramen House will not disappoint. The place comes with indoor and al fresco dining.
Now for the food.
Surugin Ramen House offers different kinds of ramen like the Hakata Ramen (tonkotsu broth), Usukuchi Ramen (shoyu base), Odori Ramen (miso base), Tsurai Ramen (spicy miso), Katsu Curry Ramen, and Gyoza. To spice up your ramen bowl you can get extra chashu (pork toppings), toriniku (chicken toppings), ajitama (boiled, marinated eggs), and kaedama (noodles) for a minimal price. If it’s a rice bowl that you fancy, they have Katsudon, Oyakudon, and the new Katsukare Rice, too. We ordered:
- Curry Ramen – ₱300
- Odori Ramen – ₱270
- Gyoza (4 pieces) – ₱120
From the set, the only thing we liked was gyoza (₱120).
Well, we have been to a myriad of ramen restaurants, so much so that if you cut us, you will see that we bleed shoyu lol. We find Surugin ramen salty, oily, and artificially flavored. We expected something creamy, thick, ramen broth brought about by boiling pork bones for like forever lol. Surugin’s offering tasted like instant noodles with tons of oil. So if you really are after the food, we do not recommend this ramen house.
Affordable prices are one redeeming grace of Surugin Ramen House. A bowlful of ramen only costs ₱190 to P300 while a rice bowl is priced between ₱190 to ₱220 each. You can check the video from 1:20 to 1:25.
Since there are no reservations at this restaurant, customers get seats on a first-come, first-served basis. If unluckily you’re asked to wait like us (we have a 7-year-old kid with us and cannot dine inside so we waited for almost 2 hours to get an alfresco table), make sure you follow up with them as they tend to forget about you due to diner demands. So if there’s one thing they can improve on when it comes to customer service is maybe to offer house tea or even just water to those who are waiting for hours, and check on their status from time to time.
As of this writing, only individuals 18 years old and below 65 years old are allowed to dine indoors. Those who are below 18 and more than 65 years old can be accommodated al fresco. Always come in with a face mask and observe social distancing at all times to keep yourself, other customers, and the staff safe. Please call them for updated restrictions just to be sure.