Afuri: YUZURATAN RAMEN

Place: Afuri

Address: 3 Chome-63-1 Sendagaya, 渋谷区 Tokyo 151-0051, Japan

Website: http://afuri.com/

Ramen: Soy sauce based soup with a sophisticated blend of chili spice, garlic & yuzu citrus.

Price: ¥1230

A lovely little joint deep in the heart of Tokyo which always has a line and offers a unique bowl of ramen. What’s makes Afuri a nice change of pace is their liberal use of Yuzu citrus that creates a light, fresh & vibrant bowl of soup. The excellent egg and tasty chashu are still present but the liveliness of the broth cuts through the fat leaving you satisfied yet not overly full. I opted for the Yazuratan Ramen which adds a little chili & garlic heat to the soy-based Citrus broth and that extra level of flavor really brought it to life in my opinion.

I was extremely please with my ramen at Afuri, the zing of the citrus mixed with the fresh ingredients and a hint of spice made for a completely unique bowl to enjoy. I can see this being an absolute winner on those muggy hot Tokyo summer nights!

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SCORE: rating_3

Ginza ABC Ramen: Spicy Miso Ramen

Place: Ginza ABC Ramen

Address: Japan, 〒104-0061 東京都中央区銀座3丁目5−5

Website: N/A

Ramen: Spicy Miso Ramen

Description: Rich tonkotsu based miso broth topped with chasu, ground pork, negi, lettuce leaf, chili paste, and a lemon slice.

Price: 950 Yen

REVIEW: Started in 1977 Ginza ABC Ramen has been quite popular for a long time. The first thing I have mentioned when showing anyone the picture below, is to ignore the lettuce and lemon slice. The have no bearing on the dish itself.  The actual broth and noodles are really solid and have a great flavor. With the chili paste mixed into the soup it had a nice punch and great garlicky/chili flavor that complemented the miso brother quite nicely. Noodles are handmade on site and were really well done. The place itself is a dive and really does not show off how good the ramen actually is so don’t be scared when you first walk in and feel like turning around and heading out. The food is great.

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Score: rating_4

Ramen Iroha: Sichaun Spicy Miso Negi-tama Ramen

Place: Ramen Iroha Akiba

Address: Japan, 〒101-0028 東京都千代田区 神田花岡町1−1(8th Floor, Yodobashi Camera Akiba)

Website: http://www.menya-iroha.com/

Ramen: Sichaun Spicy Miso Negi-tama Ramen

Description: Blend of miso based tonkotsu soup with marinated ground pork, chasu,  negi (green onions), seaweed, chili oil, cayenne pepper strings, and seasoned boiled egg.

Price: 1,190 Yen

REVIEW: Ramen Iroha’s version of Tantanmen had an amazing robust flavor and super fresh ingredients. The noodles were perfectly cooked and the portion was just right. As this is one of my favorite types of ramen I was very happy with my choice. As expected it was nice and spicy with some good hits of heat from the cayenne pepper strings. The fresh crunchy negi strings really added a great balance to the spice as well. Only complaint was that it was a bit too oily for my liking, but it didn’t really take away from the overall dish. 

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Score: rating_4