Posted September 3, 2013on:
I’m not really a big fan of ramen but whenever I visit Japan, I will visit a ramen place if it’s interesting enough. The last time I was in Tokyo, I tried Ippudo mainly because of its fame but this time AFURI piqued my interest.
They’ve taken their name from Mt. Afuri in the neighbouring Kanagawa prefecture, because they say they get their water (for soup) from a spring there.
It’s different from the usual ramen shops that use pork broth as the base; over at AFURI they use chicken broth as the soup base.
It’s also very popular and snaking queues form during lunch times. Luckily at the time I went there wasn’t a queue but when I left, it was pretty long!
Everything is prepared steaming hot in front of you.
Another nice touch is that they grill the char siew over charcoal on the spot just before serving to you.
Some spices, condiments, and a card that tells you about the 2 variations of soup broths that they use.
I chose the tanrei soup to try out.
And this is what AFURI is known for – their yuzu shio ramen. It’s really quite different from the usual ramen soups as it’s so much lighter than the usual because it’s made from chicken broth instead.
The yuzu zest also cuts any remaining heaviness for something quite easy to slurp down without feeling jerlat. The portions are small too, more like a light meal, which was good as I would be having a heavy dinner later on.
1-1-7 Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0013, Japan
Hours: Daily 11:00 am–5:00 am