阿夫利 Afuri ramen is a Japanese restaurant famous for its signature ramen with yuzu. Afuri first opened in Tokyo in 2003 and had its first overseas outlet in the United States in 2016. The redeveloped Funan Mall is home to Afuri ramen + dumpling restaurant in Singapore.
Afuri at Funan
Located in the basement of Funan Mall, Afuri ramen + dumpling restaurant is spacious and brightly lit. It has the fairly typical Japanese minimalist interior.
There are dining tables of different sizes, a large communal table and counter seats facing the show kitchen.
The menu of Afuri is fairly simple and straightforward. There are ramen, a cha shu don and a few side dishes. The signature dish is of course the yuzu ramen, where a dash of yuzu in the broth delivers a tangy twist to traditional Japanese noodle dish.
There is an electronic menu for self-ordering. Below are pictures of pages of the traditional menu book.
Much has been written about the popular yuzu ramen of Afuri. So we decided to try their tonkotsu shio ramen ($13.90), kakuni cha shu don ($6.80 for small) and crispy gyoza ($5.90 for 4 pieces).
The tonkotsu shio ramen looked good. The noodles in pork broth had lots of ingredients including, chashu pork, egg, mushrooms and pickled ginger. The broth was light but flavourful and the wholegrain noodles were cooked just right. The cha shu was fairly average. On the whole it was a rather delicious bowl of ramen. So if your friends insist on going to Afuri for the yuzu ramen but you are not into ramen with an unusual citrusy tang, you can always opt for the tonkotsu shio ramen.
Cha Shu Don & Gyoza
Another alternative to yuzu ramen would be the char shu don. The small bowl of kakuni cha shu don was cheap and good. It was quite filling too because you would essentially get a regular portion of rice. The ingredients of the rice bowl included cha shu pork, bamboo shoots, egg, seaweeds and pickled ginger. The pieces of cha shu were rather small but they were tasty. The char shu don was a good complete meal in a bowl.
The gyoza was more like deep fried fried dumpling than the typical pot-sticker with slightly charred bottom. With filling of pork, ginger, garlic, cabbage and scallion, the gyoza was quite a nice side dish.
阿夫利 Afuri ramen + dumpling in Funan Mall is worth a visit whether you want to try their famed yuzu ramen or you want a simple casual Japanese meal. Their traditional tonkotsu ramen and cha shu don are enjoyable.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
AFURI ramen + dumpling
Funan Mall, #B1-29
107 North Bridge Road
Tel: +65 69701386
Opening Hours: 11 am – 8.45 pm
Nearby MRT Station: City Hall
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