Caj Reviews: Kichitora

Found out about Kichitora from a list of must-visit Ramen houses that I came across a few weeks ago and so I decided to visit the place since it was within vicinity from home. Situated on the second floor of the Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, I was expecting that it will have the feel of a fast food, casual dining venue that this mall is mostly known for. I couldn’t be more wrong.

I came in and was promptly served by the wait staff as they prepared my table for one. Upon entering Kichitora, I was pleasantly surprised that the place immediately transformed me to another realm, allowing my eyes to feast on a massive mural of tigers; echoing Kichitora’s namesake, meaning “lucky tiger”. The far wall was adorned by beautiful Japanese silk jigsawed and lit to showcase its vibrance. With the kitchen in view and ambient lighting establishing the mood, I was excited to gobble on what the place can offer.

For a first timer, I opted for the Paitan Ramen Zenbu no Se (Php 420); hot, firm noodles ladled with a rich chicken broth and topped with thick pork/chicken chasyu, silky ajitsuke tamago (molten lava egg), nori, greens, menma (fermented bamboo shoots) and their special garlic oil (ma-yu). Between bites, I reached out for the condiment caddy for some spicy sesame oil (la-yu) to add some kick.

It was simply beautiful.

…and healthy I suppose.

As I carefully slurped the soup expecting it to be hot, I was greeted with a warm broth and initially thought that they have undercooked it. I was later informed that this was how this offering was served, with hot noodles and warm broth. However, you may also opt for hot soup upon request. For a different experience and slightly on the same topic, you may try the Paitan Tsukemen which is like a disassembled ramen; where the warm noodles is separated from the hot broth and enjoyed by dipping the noodles into the soup. This, I must try very soon. (Menu)

One thing that stood out for me was the level of service in this establishment. From their intitial welcome, I already felt I was in for a wonderful experience. The wait staff were very attentive and prompt. They knew their stuff, even patiently walking me through their menu and making recommendations.

This visit is just one of many visits I will make as I am yet to experience more of Kichitora. Watch this space as I attempt to sample one of their highly recommended offerings; Tan Tan Mien.

KICHITORA, Mandaluyong
2nd Floor, Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: 775-1100
Operating Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday – Sunda: 10am – 10pm

2nd Flr, Glorietta 5 (at Ayala Ave & East Dr), Makati City, Makati City
Telephone:  555-1288
Operating Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday – Sunda: 10am – 10pm