When it comes to a bowl of chicken-based salt ramen, Afuri in Ebisu is a classic and reliable choice for the visitor to Tokyo.
Afuri - image © Florentyna Leow
There are as many excellent ramen shops in Tokyo as there are grains of rice in a rice bowl. Yet Afuri in Ebisu continues to draw new and faithful diners alike, and for good reason - it's consistently delicious.
Chicken ramen specialist Afuri has expanded to half a dozen branches across Tokyo since opening in Tokyo in 2003, but there’s nothing quite like visiting the original branch in Ebisu. Their ramen belongs to the ‘wafu’ or ‘Japanese-style’ school - ramen updated for the modern diner, with a little more finesse and style than the average hearty offering. There’s always a queue of salarymen at peak lunch hours on weekdays, so go early if you don’t want to stand in line for too long.
Their broth is the star of the show. It’s a comforting but stimulating chicken soup infused with the umami of kelp and vegetables, with a clean salt flavor shining through. Diners can choose from ‘tanrei’ or ‘maroaji,’ which refers to the amount of chicken oil blended with dashi stock you want on your ramen - simply put, less or more fat. Noodles here are wire-thin, and apt to go soggy, so make sure you slurp quickly.
A fun option here is to try the yuzu-scented ramen, with the heady citrus fragrance adding a certain je ne sais quois to the bowl. Vegans and vegetarians are also not left out of the ramen party, as Afuri now counts among its offerings a vegan ramen bowl that changes with the seasons.
1F 117 bldg., 1-1-7 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0013
〒150-0013 東京都渋谷区恵比寿1-1-7 117ビル1F
Train: 3-minute walk from the west exit of Ebisu Station on the JR Yamanote line.
Official website (Japanese and English)
:: Read customer reviews of Afuri on TripAdvisor.
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