Sunday, December 27, 2009

AFURI (阿夫利)@ Ebisu, Tokyo

Here in Tokyo again enjoying my leave... and of course catching up on some delicious ramen!

Today's ramen expedition takes me to AFURI(阿夫利) in Ebisu, Tokyo.

I was watching the TV program "King's Brunch" on a lazy Saturday morning, and coincidentally AFURI was featured as the No. 2 ramen among the top 10 ramen shops in the Ebisu and Meguro area.
It was a ramen shop that I chanced upon a few years ago, and I had an excellent impression of its light but flavoursome ramen.
Without any hesitation, I took a 30mins trip and headed to AFURI for lunch!

AFURI's entrance, chic and clean

Opens from 11am to 4am in the morning!

The name "AFURI" came from the name of a mountain, Mount Afuri, in the Kanagawa prefecture of Japan. The shop is named after the mountain as it uses water collected from the wells of Mt. Afuri.

What an effort! I wonder if any shops in Singapore is that particular.

Open kitchen, clean interior

A small and neat ramen shop, AFURI has a row of about 15-20 counter seats, facing the open kitchen where 4-5 staff worked diligently and politely preparing the ramen. The lighting is a simple row of bare light bulb hanging from the roof.

I ordered the Yuzu Shio Ramen (ゆず塩麺, 850 yen).

While waiting for the ramen, it was interesting to observe the little details of how the staff were prepared them. And AFURI lived up to expectation of being the No.2 shop in the area!

- The chief chef tasted the soup of every single bowl of ramen served, to make sure that the thickness of the soup is right
- Every piece of char siew is grilled before its served, making it more fragrant
- The staff was placing the toppings on the ramen carefully to ensure its presentation

Yuzu Shio Ramen

A pretty bowl of ramen!

The light soup is a mix of chicken and seafood (bonito, seaweed, dried fish) with a tinge of yuzu essence. It is refreshing, and because its light, you won't feel like stopping. The ramen is topped with a piece of char siew, seasoned egg, seaweed, menma, mizuna (a type of Japanese vegetable) and yuzu peel. The grilled char siew was tasty, the yoke was perfectly semi-cooked, and the crunchy mizuna added texture to the ramen. The narrow noodles matched the lightness of the ramen well too.

All in all, it was delicious! It was a bowl of ramen that can make me go bottoms-up, finishing all its soup.

AFURI has 2 outlets, one in Ebisu and a new one in Harajuku. Both are within walking distance from the JR station and not too far off from Shibuya. If you are in Japan and are looking for something light, this will be perfect for you!


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Ramen Data - AFURI @ Ebisu, Tokyo
Address: 〒150-0013 東京都渋谷区恵比寿1-1-7
Types: Shio
Price: 750-850yen
Rating: 9/10

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