Mendokoro Ramenba & Shake Shack: Are They Worth The Hype?

Here they are, the two places I wanted to try during my last visit in BGC but never happened because they’re both full of customers. I thought they must have something that other ramen restaurants and burger restaurants don’t have, so it must be worth a try, but are they worth the varicose veins you’d get for standing too long on queue?

Mendokoro Ramenba

Mendokoro Ramenba’s first restaurant opened in Salcedo Village, Makati, and opened another branch in BGC, Taguig after immediately gaining a lot of attention from customers.

Both restaurants feature a bar-style seating, as shown in the above photo, which means that the more people there are in your group, the longer you might have to wait to be seated if you want to sit together.

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TanTanMen

420 Pesos

If you haven’t been to this restaurant yet and are planning to visit, I’d suggest having a bit of research about the menu, which I didn’t do.

I’ve been to other ramen restaurants so I thought it was gonna be easy. However, their menu consisted different names and there were no photos so I was clueless.

I asked the cashier what their bestsellers are and she recommended Tantanmen. I heard “ground pork” but I thought it was just a topping and there would also be a slice of meat included like the other restaurants I’ve been to, but there wasn’t.

My fault for not listening closely, and I couldn’t ask more questions since other customers were waiting in line behind us.

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Super Chashu Ramen

It’s a secret menu, so you go figure out the price. Hint: It’s higher than those from their regular menu.

There’s another reason why it’s recommended that you do a bit of research about Mendokoro Ramenba- You’re not gonna find Super Chashu on their menu board. Why? Because it’s actually included in their “Secret Menu”. My girlfriend did her research, and it was worth the effort.

I was curious about how Super Chashu was different with the other dishes that it had to be a “Secret Menu”. After a bit of research- although I know it’s too late for that now- it appears that it’s similar to the Shoyu ramen from their regular menu, except the meat is bigger. What a nice tip, right? Now you won’t have to do your own research. You’re welcome.

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So, is it good or what?

Well, we all have different tastes when it comes to food, don’t we? First of all, the spiciness was just right, but there was something else about it that I didn’t quite like, and it’s also my fault that my ramen didn’t include meat slices.

The soup base kind of had a strong milky taste. I mean, not too strong, but it’s like the more I sip it, the more umay I felt. Maybe the milk- or whatever they used- was just a bit too heavy on the tummy.

Good thing my girlfriend made a great choice with Super Chashu. I loved the charcoal-grilled taste of the meat, and that’s probably the only thing I’d come here for. Overall, Mendokoro Ramenba is a nice place, but I think Ippudo Restaurant’s ramen still wins my palate.

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Shake Shack

Shake Shack started as a hot dog cart in Manhattan in 2001. It opened its own kiosk in 2004 and from then on, their burgers have become well-known across the globe. On May 10, 2019, Shake Shack opened its branch in Central Square at High Street, BGC.

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What’s With All The Hype?

Shake Shack introduces a different kind of burger experience, as they proudly announce that their burgers are made with 100% all-natural Angus beef, and that their animals are humanely raised, meaning they’re cage-free. Also, they use potato buns.

I think part of the hype comes from the fact that you can eat meat with less guilt(if you ever actually feel any of that). āœŒšŸ˜…

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In comparison to other burgers…

Shackburger(with lettuce): 250 pesos
Smokeshack(with bacon): 365 pesos

You don’t wanna expect much difference about the taste. Actually- and probably because of it being all-natural, made with no antibiotics and hormones, etc- there wasn’t really anything “extra” about its taste.

To be honest, I’m not really aware of antibiotics, hormones, or whatever other hocus pocus the food industries are using on their products. It’s not like I care much about what I eat. But I can’t deny that hearing about it now kinda makes me question my food choices, though I think I’ve already existed long enough to even worry about that.

Anyway, you also don’t wanna expect huge burgers like the other famous ones out there. I personally like Zark’s Burgers and Brothers Burger for the size of their meat among other things while Shake Shack’s burgers are pretty much regular-sized. But the potato buns are more dense compared to regular buns so it still does get you full.

Is it worth the hype?

I know I’ve said this before, but after this experience, I still proved myself right when I say they’re all the same burgers, or at least very much similar.

Don’t get me wrong, Shake Shack’s burger is great, but if I’m gonna come back here, it’s not to satisfy my palate, but more on supporting their cause. Their Calamansi Limeade was excellent, too, and I bet it’s also all-natural. I’d still go for Brothers Burger’s “Blues Brothers” if I’m looking for full self-satisfaction.

The price? If you’ll consider the size, maybe you’ll think it’s costly. But again, considering their cause and the all-natural ingredients they use to make those burgers, I’d say it’s quite fair.

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Overall, Mendokoro Ramenba and Shake Shack are absolutely worth the visit, but not all too worthy for me to risk an hour or two waiting on queue, knowing there are many other options that are just as good, or even better.

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