Last Thursday we visited TakoMagi in Tagaytay. The vibe of their place will really transport you in a cozy Japanese Ramen house without breaking your bank.
But before getting into the review let me share to all of you my interview with Mr. Edrianne Dela Cruz, the owner of TakoMagi.
Why did you decided to pursue a career in the restaurant business?
My passion is in arts really, but art and food goes hand in hand, I love good food and product presentation and visual display adds up to how you experience your food. That’s the reason we have different cuisine all over the world that are offered here in the Philippines, Filipinos wanted to embrace not only the taste but the culture and the vibe. That’s the reason I put up TakoMagi, I wanted to offer the taste and the experience of Japanese food to all walks of life.
Can you tell us more about yourself? How and why did you open Takomagi? What‘s your inspiration?
I’m a Licensed nurse but I have a regular home office work as a Web Developer, If you think of it – my line of work and business is really very different from the knowledge I’m equipped with on my academic years, but I am really grateful of how things are set up, Because I go by the rule that if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life.
TakoMagi is a concept that was built years back, but due to many different factors, I wasn’t able to put up the store and make it a reality back then, I’m really waiting for the right time, and I guess that time was this year, specially me finding the perfect location (Tagaytay) to offer both Ramen and Takoyaki, where people can enjoy it everyday on a cold weather.
I love food – specially japanese. They have this unique way of preparing things and even their street food would be very appetizing and pleasing to the eyes. That’s my inspiration, I wanted to bring that kind of feeling and excitement to customers.
TakoMagi is a name combined for Both Takoyaki and Ramen. But there’s a side story to it, I am a dog lover and I have this Golden Retriever who loves people, her name is Maggie and she loves to greet everyone and she’s really friendly. I wanted the store to have that core value as well, to be open to people of all ages and status, for them to feel welcomed.
Are there any challenges of being a restaurant owner? How did you overcome those struggles?
One is managing people, I like to get hands on specially when I am managing my staff, I wanted each one of them to envibe the same goal I have for TakoMagi. I make sure to be a role model whenever I am in the store, and I treat them like family, I don’t want them to feel the pressure of having a boss working with them throughout their whole shift. Then eventually they were able to show the same thing to our customers, we are getting a lot of good feedback on how they feel very welcomed and accomodated when they dine in on our store. It’s true that if you take care of your employees, they will take care of your customers.
What are your future plans for Takomagi?
My Future plan is for our business to expand, I wanted to get a bigger place but I am very picky with the location, I wanted something that can still have that same japanese ramen house look and at the same time accessible to all people, that they won’t get intimidated. We are already discussing about checking places near or within Metro Manila.
Lastly, can you share some tips for those who aspire to start and be successful in this kind of business?
Rome wasn’t built in a day – it’s okay to draft your plans. Draft and improve it as long as you want, good businesses needs and takes a lot of time to plan. In the end when you are ready, you’ll realize that all those planning and drafting would be all worthwhile.
If you have dreams of putting up a conceptualized store, just hold on to it. Don’t let pressure rush you into doing business, wait for that right moment.
And Lastly, get a very solid support system – family, friends, relatives. It adds up to your confidence. 🙂
Wow, just wow. It’s an honor to be able to meet the Man behind TakoMagi. While I was talking to him, I was in awe. He is such an inspiration and I hope by now, you already have an idea of how TakoMagi started.
So it’s time for me to share our experience. Watch this.
Wagyu (和牛, Wagyū, “Japanese cow”) is any of four Japanese breeds of beef cattle. In several areas of Japan, wagyu beef is shipped carrying area names.
Ramen (/ˈrɑːmən/) (拉麺, ラーメン ) is a Japanese dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or (occasionally) fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (叉焼 chāshū), dried seaweed (海苔 nori), menma (麺麻), and green onions (葱 negi). Nearly every region in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen of Kyushu to the miso ramen of Hokkaido.
The place is accessible but they only have few tables because of the limited space. So if you’re planning to dine, expect to wait. I asked my brother if he will still go here even if he needs to wait. He told me, “yes. definitely. It’s fresh and worth the wait.”
You can also find them in Waze!
⛩️ Location: One Destination Place, Tagaytay (near Starbucks Magallanes, beside Rolando’s and Leslie’s Magallanes Square area)
🕓 Operation: 4pm-1am (Mon-Sat) 8am-1am (Sun)
I really admire how Mr.Edrianne treat his staff. He is so hands on. He helps in the kitchen as well. Everyone is so nice. And all of his staff are trained to do Takoyaki. So yes it’s true, you will never get intimidated to try out their food.
We had Takoyaki, Wagyu, Shoyu Ramen, Tonkatsu Ramen, and Gyoza.
Verdict from my 3 years old:
My daughter loved the ramen! She ate half of the bowl. She also ate 1 stick of wagyu all by herself. And guess what, she’s requesting for ramen the next day.
Verdict from my brother who’s not a fan of japanese food:
His top pick is the Ramen as well. He’s picky when it comes to japanese food but this one he’ll surely come back for more. He also loves the Wagyu. He wanted to try it out with Japanese Nori Rice but he’s already full. And ofcourse he loved the Takoyaki as well.
Verdict from me who loves japanese food:
I was surprised so surprised because the soup base is legit. For its price, i doubted at first because how come it’s so affordable? Best to consume right away and so perfect for tagaytay’s weather.
The wagyu melts in my mouth! It’s meaty and so tasty! No wonder why my daughter ate 1 stick. Tip: better get the 3 sticks because 1 stick is never enough! And their Takoyaki comes with real octopus tentacles.
I finally found my go to Ramen house, especially now that it’s rainy season. It’s so perfect for a foggy and cold late night craving since they’re open til 1am. And of course it’s true that it’s the best Takoyaki in Town! Next time I’ll try the spicy sauce. The best part is the prices are so affordable but the quality of the food are still amazing! So what are you waiting for? Check them out now!
They also offer Takoyaki Station and Wagyu Grilling station for Parties, Events, Weddings, Baptismals, Corporate events, Bridal showers, and almost any celebration possible!
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Catch them too this weekend in Solenad 3 Nuvali activity area infront of Starbucks from 10am-9pm!