Monday, October 14, 2013

Nomama Artisanal Ramen Turns Two

And just like that, Nomama Artisanal Ramen turns two. Not bad for "Not Your Mama's Ramen" and Chef Him Uy de Baron's simple philosophy of delivering the best flavors using the freshest ingredients. 

Pure flavors from the freshest ingredients, this simple approach remains the key component in each and every dish served at Nomama Artisanal Ramen as Chef Him continues to source local and organic proteins and produce from sustainable farms and growers. Consistent with Nomama's "slow and from scratch" approach, where each dish is prepared on-premise, fresh and ala minute, diners can catch a glimpse of Chef Him and his crew in the open kitchen adding to one's dining experience (Check out my previous post on Nomama Artisanal Ramen and Chef Him's cool dishes here at And for Nomama Artisanal Ramen's second anniversary, Chef Him introduces a new and exciting menu showcasing Nomama's unique and signature culinary style. 

Voted as one of Esquire's best new restaurants for 2013, Nomama Artisanal Ramen offers more than your usual ramen and Japanese dishes. Each dish reflects the core values of Chef Him, and the food speaks for itself. Definitely not your mama's ramen...
The open kitchen layout becomes a stage as Chef Him performs and orchestrates the preparation of each dish.  The best and freshest ingredients coupled with Chef Him's meticulous attention to detail ensures that each dish becomes more than just a plate, but a delicious masterpiece that's a feast for the eyes as well. 

Classic dishes reinvented with a playful and creative flair, flavors that are comfortingly familiar yet different, and combined with the best ingredients, these are the elements that define Chef Him and Nomama.  As part of Nomama Artisanal Ramen's second anniversary celebration, Chef Him partners with Clara Ole, makers of great pasta sauces and Ministry of Mushrooms in the new line of dishes. Here's a sampling of Nomama Artisanal Ramen's exciting new dishes...

Leave it to Chef Him to come up with a cool pizza with an inventive and playful twist. Nomama Artisanal Ramen's new Teriyaki Tonkatsu Pizza, with Kikkoman Soy Sauce, chasshu, gruyere, apples, and wild arugula, is a delicious expression consistent with Chef Him's creativity. A crisp, deep-fried pork tonkatsu serves as the crust, topped with fresh arugula, apples and gruyere with a light soy glaze for a burst of contrasting flavors and textures.

The different components, with their distinct flavors, combine for a refreshingly new and different flavor experience. And this is what you can expect from Nomama Artisanal Ramen, constantly tweaking what's familiar into new and fresh flavors.

Chef Him then serves his Original Tonkatsu Pizza, made with Clare Ole Tomato and Cheese, Kung Pao Sauce, three kinds of mushroom, cheese and topped with nori strips and bonito flakes. The different toppings combine for a playful and fun fusion of flavors. And the crisp tonkatsu serves as a perfect base for the flavorful toppings, retaining the crunch.

And for the main dish, bacon takes centerstage. Chef Him's Bacon Steakie with Kimchi-Mango Puree and Onigiri, made with Mr. Delicious Bacon glazed with maple and soy seared and roasted, with grilled onigiri with butter and furkake. This is probably the best slab of bacon I've seen...

A thick, gorgeous seared and roasted slab of bacon, with a sweet maple and soy glaze...just can't get better than that. Seriously good.

Elegantly plated, combining colors and flavors for one awesome dish.

The new menu won't be complete without ramen, and Chef Him draws inspiration from Korean flavors with Korean Town Ramen, a spicy ramen with slow braised pork shoulder and shrimp, raw egg, enoki and Korean chili and miso. A spicy bowl with an Asian fusion of flavors combining for yet another refreshing and new kind of ramen to complement Nomama's current menu.

For dessert, Nomama Artisanal Ramen collaborates with Smitten Sweets for a rich and indulgent Smitten Warm Nutella Stuffed Cookie, served with homemade vanilla bean ice cream and hazelnut crumble.

With zen-like plating, the sweet chewiness of of Smitten Sweets' Nutella Stuffed Cookie provides the perfect ending to any meal at Nomama. The new menu is just part of Nomama Artisanal Ramen's second anniversary celebration. How does free ramen for two months sound? You can be one of seven winners by simply clicking the "Like" button and share Nomama Artisanal Ramen's Facebook page, follow @nomamaramet on Twitter and post photos of your Nomama experience at the Facebook page. Winners will be announced on November 8, 2013, so better hurry. For more information on Nomama's cool promotion, check out their Facebook page at

And that's not all. Nomama Artisanal Ramen will soon open its second branch at Capitol Commons (along Shaw Boulevard in Pasig), allowing more diners to experience Nomama's signature dishes. Congratulations to Nomama Artisanal Ramen, as we eagerly wait for more flavorful surprises from Chef Him Uy de Baron.

Nomama Artisanal Ramen is located at the Ground Floor of FSS Building 2, Scout Tuason corner Scout Castor Streets, Quezon City or call 921-4913 for inquiries and reservations. You can also visit their cool Facebook page at for more information.

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  1. I have never seen bacon like that! We need more restaurants like this in Vancouver :)


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