Wrong Ramen: The Right Kind of Wrong?

After 75,921 years I was finally able to check out Wrong Ramen in Burgos Circle. Admittedly, this visit is part of my quest to try different ramen places, brought about by a newfound and rather late fascination with the dish. Wrong Ramen was in my must-try list, mainly because of all the hype surrounding it. I felt that I had to judge it for myself.

Even from the outside, Wrong Ramen already sets the tone of what’s to come. Their tagline, “the last guy who ate here left the place in pure ecstasy” is written all over the glass window beside their logo: two chopsticks aptly positioned as an “X”. Once inside, more self-deprecating decors will greet you. OK, I get it, you’re not supposed to be regarded as a seriously authentic ramen. But I still do hope—and expect—to get decent food.

Interesting dish names.
Regrettably, I came with only one friend, and so we only got to try two ramen variants. Not to mention that the bowls were huge—rendering any desire at ordering sides and appetizers unattainable. We figured we had to see the actual sizes first before we decide anything. Alas, when the bowls arrived, I knew I couldn’t eat any more stuff aside from noodles.

Intrigued by all the hysteria about their signature FU Ramen, I decided to get it. FU Ramen, as Wrong Ramen puts it, is breakfast in liquid form: bacon strips, pepper SPAM, cheese, and a fried egg serve as toppings for this ramen rendition, all held together by a black pepper broth.

I took the first few slurps and was perked up by its spicy taste. So far so good!

However, a few more bites after, I began to feel fed up with it. The broth is so overpowering you couldn’t almost taste the toppings. Somehow it felt to me like I was eating instant noodles, then got a sudden case of sloppiness and decided to throw in fried stuff into it. At first, it tasted only a bit weird, but later on, it slowly climbed up to the level of being disgusting. At some point I had to give up and set down my chopsticks.

FU Ramen, P425
I knew it seemed like something my idol The Vulgar Chef would eat and love, but I just couldn’t stand it. I was disappointed—this is it? The infamous FU Ramen? How dare do these people sell this thing at P400+?

My friend’s choice, the Tonkotsu, was a better one in my opinion. He ordered the light version (less oily and rich), but certainly the broth was a lot better than the FU Ramen’s. I wish he had gotten the regular version though, so I could’ve tasted a full tonkotsu, but then again, after Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, I’m afraid this just wouldn’t measure up.

Tonkotsu (light), P290
I know that Wrong Ramen shouldn’t be compared to authentic Japanese competitors, but hey, if you advertise yourself as a “fake” one, you should be ashamed of your price point. Their ramen here was just as pricey as Ramen Bar, Ikkoryu, and Ukkokei. Hell, the FU Ramen even goes past the standard P380!

I want to go back and try the Bacon Katsu or the Chashu Rice Rolls, maybe even be brave enough as to order another ramen with a different flavor, but I don’t want to spend my hard-earned money just to be disappointed. I feel somehow betrayed, you know what I mean? I don’t poop coins and bills, so if you cook up some intriguing superstar and smack a ridiculous price tag onto it, make sure it’s really one hell of a bombshell.

Wrong Ramen
Forbestown Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
(02) 823-8249
Facebook: WrongRamen
Budget: PhP400-500/head

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