TOKYO | AFURI (Azabujuban) is one of several branches of Japanese ramen chain AFURI, which has expanded across the country (and even to the USA where they have one store in Portland, OR) since first opening in 2004.
Walk inside and you’re greeted with a light, modern space. An open kitchen surrounded by a wooden bar with stools. At the front is a machine with lots of buttons from which you place your order and pay. Once you’ve ordered, you take a seat and give your ticket to one of the kitchen staff. There are several options on the menu, but when you come to AFURI you should order what they are famous for – yuzu based shio (salt) and shōyu (soy sauce) ramen.
The delicate broth is made with chicken, fish and konbu (seaweed) and infused with yuzu. The bowl is filled with thin noodles, half an ajitama egg, grilled chashu pork, nori, greens, and sliced yuzu peel. The ramen has a very unique citrus flavour and it’s one of the lightest ramens I’ve ever tried. Compared to my usual choice of tonkotsu ramen, the ramen at AFURI is a totally different beast. Well worth a visit if you’re looking to expand your ramen horizons.
For those who don’t speak Japanese, the full menu is available with English translations.
1-8-10 Azabujuban, Minato-ku
Telephone: 03 3585 1156
Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 4:00am