One of my favourite seats. Especially when I'm out late in the evening, in need of a bite – or rather a slurp – before jumping on my train home.
Actually, any time of day these are signs that are likely to draw me in.
Afuri has quite a few branches around the city now. But the original shop in Ebisu holds a special place in my affections. The no-frills decor, the soundless flickering TV monitor, the busy open kitchen.
There's plenty to look at while you wait...
Here's that bowl again.
It's not my usual favourite, I pretty much always order the same yuzu shio ramen – there's a reason why the sign at the top say it's their "ninki number one" (most popular). It was time to try the Yuzu-ra-tan Ramen (shoyu version).
This won't ever be my "ninki number one" – the balance between spicy and sour doesn't work for me – but it's still a good bowl. And that colour certainly is dramatic...
Another great point about Afuri: the whole menu is well translated in English and the staff take really good care of people. Good ramen, great place!
Here's the menu in full (click on it to blow it up)