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Ukokkei is Open Again!

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It’s official! I just called and confirmed that Ukokkei is open again on Pasay Rd. in Makati despite rumors from the mayor’s office that they had no plans to reopen.

Please go and report back. I’ll be going in for a long awaited bowl of tan tan men very soon.

Edit, after visiting:

So I heard from Twitter that Ukokkei was open, picked up the phone and called. Indeed! They are. I was wrong in my earlier conclusion that they had closed for good.

I didn’t waste a minute from there. Traffic was grid-locked, as usual around dinner time in Makati, so I just hoofed it. When I arrived I was greeted by this sign, kind of explaining the closure.

The same chef was at the helm and an older Japanese gentleman was there that I presumed was the owner. I was one of the first to arrive but before long the restaurant filled up.

As much as I missed the tan tan men, the most classic ramen was what I really craved. In just a few minutes I was staring down at a steaming bowl of Shoyu Chashu with a cold Pale Pilsen on the side. There was an old man sitting next to me at the bar loudly slurping his noodles, eating it with rice. For just a fleeting moment, everything seemed right in the world.

After I finished my ramen, the waitress brought over a bottle in a paper gift bag. “Bottle of wine, sir” she said awkwardly to me. I was confused so I asked. She explained that they are giving a bottle of wine for each bowl of ramen today and tomorrow. Clearly they have responded to the negative press they have suffered from in recent months.

Welcome back Ukokkei.


  1. Katrina says:

    YES!!! I wonder if the tan tan men is available at lunchtime now. I’m not free for dinner, but I don’t want to wait another day to get my fix.

  2. Chinkee says:

    This is great news! I would definitely visit soon, partly out of curiosity regarding your last paragraph.;-)

  3. HN says:

    Great news!! Thanks for the info!

  4. Katrina says:

    THANK YOU for this post! Although I knew about their re-opening already, it was your post that made me decide to go today, hoping to erase the doldrums I was in last night. No Tan Tan Men at lunchtime, but the Miso Butter Corn Ramen brought a smile to my face from the very first sip. Even better, a friend walked in, getting his ramen fix, too. We both marveled at how the waitresses were suddenly friendly and attentive — smiling, even! I joked that management used the time they were closed to send their staff to John Robert Powers. ;-) And at the end, yes — the free bottle of wine. (They said it was for their anniversary, though that was actually last month.) I was expecting table wine, but it was a Cab. I walked out of there feeling that all was right with the world, and already planning to return Sunday evening for the Tan Tan Men. Thank you again! :-)

  5. I was so happy to hear this! Have not yet been since they re-opened but will make my way there soon!

  6. nims says:

    great news indeed, jeremy! now to get that quick fix!

  7. Matt says:


  8. Time to finally pay this place a visit. An no, it’s not just for the free wine :P – Ray


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