AFURI RAMEN from Japan is now open in Vancouver (well, Richmond to be exact!) Afuri Ramen + Dumplings is located at 140-7971 Alderbridge Way next to Chunyang Bubble Tea. The Afuri brand was established in 2001 with locations across Japan, Portland, and soon to be opened in Hong Kong. I was excited about last night’s media review, tasting and first look before it opens official at 11 am today January 7, 2020.
The restaurant seats 59. It is spacious, bright with high ceilings. Afuri uses a self-ordering kiosk system. Simply place your order at one of the three kiosks, take your ticket and wait at your table.
Afuri’s signature broth and ramen noodles are prepared fresh daily in-house. The chicken-based broth serves approximately 500 bowls of. 300 lbs of chicken (meat and bones), 3 types of dried fish, kombu seaweed, and plenty of fresh vegetables are boiled at 90 degrees – separating the fat and the clear broth. The fat is later added back to your bowl when its ready to be served.
Another signature of Afuri is their Yuzu Broth (Shio, Shoyu, Ratan, Tsuyu Tsukemen). The yuzu broth is refreshing and fragrant, closely resembling that of the grapefruit, with overtones of mandarin orange. The intensity and aroma of fresh yuzu is incredible without being overpowering.
Yuzu Shio Ramen 16: This light and refreshing ramen noodle is my favourite. It is fragrant and goes well with the thinner ramen noodles. This would be equally perfect in the Summer months when a typical Tonkotsu would be otherwise too rich and heavy. This yuzu broth is much lighter than Marutama.
Tonkotsu Shio 17: The broth is rich and flavourful with a layer of black garlic oil on top but still lighter than most Tonkotsu broths commonly found in Vancouver.
The chashu pork was very tender and flavour and the optional sides were all quite nice. I especially liked the fried garlic but wished they would have the option to add more finely chopped green onions.
Other Food Options
- Gohan Rice Bowls: Afuri also offers 4 types of rice bowls ($7-9)
- Kakuni Pork Gohan (with marinated chashu pork cubes)
- Tantanmen Gohan (with minced ginger pork
- Karaage Gohan
- Kimchee Gohan (vegetarian)
The gohan rice bowls are topped with a slow cooked runny egg, bamboo shoots, frisee, green onion, pickled ginger, togarashi, nori and is generously portioned.
Buta Dumplings 10: The pan-fried gyozas are deliciously crispy with a juicy meaty filling.
Chicken Karaage 7: Nicely deep fried with a crispy coat of seasoning and served with a yuzu kosho egg salad dipping mayo and fried shishito pepper.
Buns: 3 types of buns ($6-8)
- Kakuni Pork Bun
- Spicy Chicken Bun
- Soft Shell Crab (spicy mayo and kimchi)
We also sampled few signature cocktails including
- Endomame – house snap pea vodka, lemon, egg white and mint
- Hanami – tequila, aperol, pierre ferrand cognac, lemon, honey and bitters
- Homemade Gingerale
- Yuzu Limeade
Overall, Afuri Ramen + Dumplings in Richmond is off to a great start and I’m excited to revisit this again. Arrive early to avoid disappointment as there will be long line ups during the first while of its official opening!
What was your favourite dish? Where is the best Ramen shop in Vancouver? Let me know in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @instanomss if you’ve tried this menu. I’d love to see your food photos!~
Afuri Ramen + Dumpling
Cuisine: Japanese, Noodles, Ramen
140-7971 Alderbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 2A4
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