Tokyo: Afuri ramen

This is the seventh post on my eating adventures to Tokyo. All other posts can be found here

Prior to my visit to Tokyo, I had read a lot of blog posts on Afuri and its yuzu based ramen. Even my friends living in Tokyo had concurred on how good Afuri was. On my last day in Tokyo, I met a volunteer guide who had arrange for us to have a ramen lunch. However, as it turns out, I had already tried the eatery he was recommending. Hence, I suggested going to Afuri and to my even greater surprise, my local guide had never eaten at Afuri before. All the more reason to go. Interestingly, Afuri also has a tabelog approval rating of 3.63 – pretty high!
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We visited the Harajuku branch which seemed really popular, and perhaps more so because we were there on a sunday. We waited for almost 40 minutes in line before finally getting a seat. Ordering is simple: get your ticket via the vending machine (it has english titles!) and pass them to one of the staff. He asked us a few questions on whether we wanted normal noodles or cold/hot noodles (if you ordered tsukemen) and with that, we sat down to watch the staff in action.
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I had the yuzu shoyu ramen (920 yen). A normal shoyu ramen is 100 yen less, but I would really recommend trying the yuzu broth, since it is their specialty. I really liked the addition of the yuzu. It was a very subtle taste, but it was clearly evident. The noodles were cooked al dente and I really liked the charcoal grilled char siew. It doesn’t have the best egg, but the yuzu broth is really quite unique among the sea of ramen shops in Tokyo.
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J had the yuzu tsukemen which is a similar version. Equally as good, my tsukemen  preference would still be for Rokurinsha’s version. Afuri’s version, however, would be a nice summer dish, especially with the cold noodles.
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Add (Harajuku branch): 3 Chome-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0051, Japan

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