It had been years since a visit to famed AFURI. Since the original shop in Ebisu paved the way for more oshare - stylish - ramen shops, AFURI has opened half a dozen more shops in the Tokyo area.
Do they still hold up?
Unfortunately, I feel that they have lost a lot in the expansion. This shop in Nakameguro, though stylish, lacked deep flavors and had no tasty impact. They were lauded as having the best light tasting ramen in town, but now it is just too light.
I should note that I tried their winter limited bowl, a miso with smoked meats and ginko nuts.
My friend, the writer of a new ramen blog on the scene, had their normal bowl. Lackluster.
Do check out his site, Philoramen:
Tokyo, Meguro-ku, Kamimeguro 1-23-1
Closest station: Nakameguro