Afuri Ramen 阿夫利 – Tokyo’s Refreshing Yuzu Ramen
[Tokyo, Japan] After having so many different types of tonkotsu ramen in Japan, Afuri’s 阿夫利 ligher chicken based stock with citrusy yuzu may add that blossoming in your mouth, and spring in your step.
While Afuri also serves salt based Shio (880 Yen) and soya based Shoyu (880 Yen) variants, you should really try versions with yuzu (990 Yen). (FYI, Yuzu contains 3 times more Vitamin C than a lemon, and is traditionally used in Japan for health baths.)
All the ramen dishes come with a sliced for grilled pork barbecued over charcoal, half a seasoned ajitama egg, bamboo shoots, mizuna leaves and seaweed. The water used is said to be from the wells of Mount Afuri in Kanagawa, thus the name of the shop.
You would be asked if you want your soup to be ‘tanrei’ or ‘maro’.
The ‘tanrei’ is the Afuri classic base, a full flavoured chicken based soup infused with various seafood, konbu seaweed and vegetables.
I preferred the ‘maro’ which had more chicken and vegetable oil added, and also more robust tasting.
Some of my friends (just some) are not keen on the usual Japanese tonkotsu or miso ramens. The usual gripes are: too rich, too thick, too fat, too much oil.
The additional of yuzu peel adds another dimension to Afuri’s soup. The amount of garnish used may be little, but it added that layer of part sweet, part zesty subtle taste which is refreshing.
During summer time, you can opt for Tsukemen which comes with a yuzu citrus soy sauce based dip.
The ramen house is modern, and staff look young, wearing black tees and flat caps. For travelers, English menus with full descriptions are available.
Afuri Ramen 阿夫利
B1 Roppongi Hills North Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Roppongi Station)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm
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