Afuri (阿夫利) is the gift that keeps on giving great ramen. I went to the branch in Azabu-Juban again a few days ago to introduce the restaurant to a friend. It was a very hot, humid and sunny day and we weren’t really in the mood for hot soup. Luckily, Afuri offers other ramen options better suited for the weather, including a summer special: cold yuzu ramen.
At first glance, it looks a lot like the hot version of the yuzu shio ramen except that the soup is cold and there is a big glob of yuzu jelly in the middle of the bowl. But the combination of the salty fish-flavored broth and the sweet and citrusy sour jelly made for an excellent, refreshing meal. It was a better executed bowl of cold yuzu ramen than the one I had not too long ago at Menya Shichisai in Tokyo Station’s Ramen Street. Afuri also offers a very tasty tsukemen option. The tsukemen dipping sauce is shoyu (soy sauce) and vinegar based, with yuzu flavor and a little spiciness. It can be ordered either hot or cold. The pork was served chopped up into cubes, which tasted good but not as good as the nicely grilled slice you get in both the hot and cold versions of the standard yuzu ramen. Nonetheless, it’s also a great choice on a summer day.
Several friends who read my previous write-up on Afuri went to check it out and loved it. If you are currently living in or visiting Tokyo, you may have been hesitant to go for ramen due to the hot weather. You no longer have an excuse. Hot or cold, Afuri’s yuzu ramen is very good eats.Afuri (four locations in Tokyo) Ebisu: 1-1-7 Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo Harajuku: 3-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo Nakameguro: 1-23 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo Azabu-Juban: 1-8-10 Azabu-Juban, Minato, Tokyo Roppongi: 4-9-4 Roppongi, Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo