X Marks The Spot
A friend of mine once said that one Jap must-try is butter in your miso. Yes.
In your Miso.
I didn’t think I will be able to experience that until I reach Japanese shores (in fact, I didn’t) but I seriously cartwheeled internally when I discovered a generous dollop of something else underneath my deliberately over-fried sunny-side up (pardon the hyphens). More on that later though. I gotta ask the question. What is wrong with Wrong Ramen? Almost everything. It is so wrong that it is so[ooooo] right!
If you happen to be looking for a treasure in the Burgos Circle (Bonifacio Global City), just look for the clearly marked “X” on Wrong Ramen’s lighted signage. Trust me, if you want a sinful, blinding ramen, their offerings are worth their weight in gold.
Wear glasses when entering the establishment. It will make you look cool and protect you from more blinding elements (Read, lighted signage upon entry). Just kidding.
I read about this place and took a mental note of it, not being part of my original list of Ramen must-visits (come to think of it, that list is getting longer). Anyway, the concept behind Wrong Ramen is to provide an off-beat set of Ramens and other offerings without compromising on taste; veering away from your usuals but staying true to the joy that ramens bring. It brags about being run by idiots who have no idea about creating ramens. But these guys deliver. Oh boy do they deliver. Living up to their claim for good, fatty ramen.
Upon entering the place, I was giddy with so many visual awesomeness. I soaked it all in as I made my way to the second floor, even saying hello to the midget ninjas atop the stairs.
The second floor is a cosy and visually appealing space. From their detention desk-like setup to their vandalized brand posters, I suddenly got it. Like an epiphany. I got what they were going for and I longed for a master-class in major trolling. It was all wrong.
Then they seduce you with a freebie. Reminiscent of fresh spring rolls from, wait a minute, VIETNAM! Another troll! These guys are geniuses.
While you wait for your order, you get to stare at this sad, grotesque R[am]enoir painting until you look exactly like that while drooling at your neighbour’s ramen. It is all part of the show.
When food subtley curses at you, you will be partially offended and in awe. When food subtley curses at you in the morning, that is something else. Because, F.U. Ramen!
I was definitely awed by F.U. Ramen (Php 425), Wrong Ramen’s all-day “breakfast” offering. If not by the rich, tasty broth, then by their trinity of toasted sunny-side egg, peppered spam and bacon. What about that butter-in-your-miso novelty? Well how about gooey cheese instead? Yes, underneath my egg (I should rephrase that) is gooey cheese (I.. should.. nevermind). That really took me over the edge because it was such an unexpected and pleasant surprise. It was so wrong, but it worked for me!
At this point, I have been jumping around ramen houses in Manila lately but OMG! I was instantly on slowmo, falling in love with this beauty. For me, this particular offering had me excited to try the other stuff. So watch this space for future updates!
What else is wrong with this place? Oh yeah. Their dessert. If they could uncensor their menu, I think they will not call this “Poop for the Gods” (Php 130). Looking like poop in a puddle of piss, I did my second cartwheel for the day.
Loved. The. Ick. In. The. Details. [Gasp]
It was missing bits of corn to add to the visuals but I think you’ll forget all that when you taste the rocksalt crusted chocolate ganache after your taste buds make its way through the olive oil madness. Phew! That was a mouthful. A must-try for those with a penchant for oral fireworks. Check them out! Now na!
WRONG RAMEN, Bonifacio Global City
Burgos Circle, Forbestown Road, Taguig, Philippines
Monday – Sunday: 11am – 12am
With almost all of senses happy, I give my first 5 Iphonostars! Good job Wrong Ramen!