I was so excited when I learned about Afuri Ramen in Ebisu.
Afuri’s signature ramen uses a yuzu shio broth, a lighter broth made from a chicken, seafood, and seaweed stock and accented with yuzu’s citrusy and floral flavors. I LOVE yuzu, a fragrant Japanese citrus fruit that I discovered back in 2011 when it was less recognized and less prevalent in the US.
In the close to 15 years since the original location in Ebisu opened, Afuri Ramen has expanded significantly. There are numerous locations around Tokyo now (Harajuku, Nakameguro, Roppongi, Shinjuku, Azabujuban, etc.) and even one location in Portland, Oregon (!).
Despite the expansion, there are STILL lines out the door. This place is super popular, and for good reason.
We showed up early to the original Ebisu location (before 11:30AM) and thankfully had no trouble finding a seat….