[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.

Even while I am typically a fan of the rich, creamy tonkotsu based broth, I found Afuri’s soup light and refreshing, with the yuzu adding the delicate-tangy-bitterness to the fresh chicken broth.

While Afuri also serves salt based Shio (¥880, SGD10.86) and soya based Shoyu (¥880) variants, you should really try versions with yuzu (¥990, SGD12). (Last check in 2018, price hasn’t increased YET.)

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 pork was one of the best things on that bowl.

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.

The “Hoso Men” thin noodles used is a blend of premium Hokkaido whole grain wheat “Haru yo Koi” and rye.

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 added another dimension to Afuri’s soup.

The amount of garnish used might have been little, but it added that layer of part sweet, part zesty subtle taste which was refreshing.

During summer time, you can opt for Tsukemen which comes with a yuzu citrus soy sauce based dip.

The Tsukemen came with thick bouncy noodles and cold dipping Tare in separate bowls (DON’T drink the dip off the bowl).

I would recommend the Yuzu-tsuya Tsukemen (¥1,060, SGD13) with a chicken and dashi based sweet dipping tare.

There are occasional specials such as the Summer Limited Cold Yuzu Shio Ramen (¥1,280, SGD15.78) which has chicken and dashi based cold broth, added with yuzu jelly.

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)
東京都港区六本木6-2-31, 六本木ヒルズノースタワー B1F
Tel: 03 3408 1880
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm Daily
Google Maps – Afuri Ramen

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