Tokyo Eats: Afuri Ramen

Tokyo Eats continues! The temperature has been dropping in Tokyo, and before you get all bothered because it’s only -3 and it’s a solid -20 in a lot of places in Canada, I just arrived from Thailand where it was an easy +35 and sunshine. So, by comparison, I’m cold. And what do you hunt down in Tokyo when you’re cold? Ramen.

While roaming around Nakameguro station one night, in search of something to eat (what else is new), we stumbled across Afuri Ramen. Literally across the street and half a block away from the main exit of Nakameguro station, not only is it easy to find but so worth finding.The first thing that grabbed our attention was the little menu pressed against the large glass windows. Not the menu as a whole, but one particular word caught my eye: Yuzu.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this glorious fruit, yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit, generally described as a mix between a grapefruit and an orange. It’s refreshing, light and perfect in everyway.

So anyways, we were walking past Afuri ramen when the word “Yuzu” snagged us. With a double take, we saw that they had 4 Yuzu ramen options. Classic ones like Yuzu Shoyu (soysauce), Yuzu Shio (salt), and then quite unique ones like Yuzu-tsuyu Tsukemen (dipping noodles) and Yuzu Ratanmen (spicy and full bodied ramen). As well as a seasonal Cold Yuzu Shio Ramen. There’s also lots of great options that aren’t Yuzu, including a special Vegan ramen. But let’s be honest, I didn’t give anything on the menu that didn’t say “yuzu” a second glance.

Depending on which ramen you chose, you’ll be given a choice for broths: Tanrei, which is listed as “delicately balanced soup” and Maroaji which has a “thicker mouthfeel soup with extra Chi-Yu added to Tanrei”.

My favourite so far has been the Yuzu Ratanmen. Spicy, tons of yuzu and a big punch of garlic, it’s kind of the ramen version of my soul mate. 10/10 would recommend.

With many locations in Tokyo (including Nakameguro, Ebisu, Roppongi and Yokohama) and even a location in Portland, there’s no excuse not to stop by. We loved as well that at the Nakameguro location, as you’re sitting around the counter you can watch the magic happen.


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