The acclaimed Afuri Ramen group of restaurants takes its name from Mount Afuri in Kanagawa prefecture (south of Tokyo), where the mountain’s fresh waters are revered for their flavour-enhancing properties. Launched in 2003 in the city’s Ebisu neighbourhood, the ramen empire (which has branches as far afield as Portland, US and Lisbon, Portugal) has proven a hit for its shio (salt) ramen – which is shown off in a light chicken bone broth, the addition of yuzu citrus imbuing it with a mellow yellow hue and gentle acidity. The original shop's dining space is smart yet understated, allowing the dishes to take centre stage – along with the delicate, blue-rimmed porcelain crockery they arrive on. A must-try is the pork chashu, grilled over charcoal and served with your choice of toppings including mizuna and seaweed.
1-1-7 117 Building 1F, Ebisu, Tokyo, 150 0013