A Japanese ramen shop known for their “chicken broth” style of the popular noodle soup will have their first Canadian location here in Metro Vancouver, as Afuri Ramen + Dumpling preps to open in Richmond.
The ramen shop has moved into the space vacated by Dazzling Cafe at 140 – 7971 Alderbridge Way. The Taiwanese “brick toast” restaurant had been incredibly popular at the outset, but failed to sustain in the space, closing for a lengthy renovation in late 2018 before ultimately packing it in for good this spring.
Afuri Ramen + Dumpling is named for Mt. Afuri, “on the east edge of the Tanzawa mountains in Kanagawa prefecture,” according to the business.
The ramen shop has some pretty ambitious goals for what their ramen means to the world and their customers:
“We like to think we’re bringing sacred Mt. Afuri to the rest of the world. The mountain provides us with a kind of philosophy. It can be a little tricky to translate it literally from Japanese, but let’s just call it ‘Higher.’ We push higher in everything we do—everything, from pickling to serving—and we intend to reach for excellence as long as we are AFURI. Mt. Afuri remains—straight, honest, steadfast, dependable. That’s our aim. One ramen. One staff. Always higher.”
Afuri came stateside in 2016, opening in Portland, Oregon. In addition to the Richmond location here in Canada, the chain is adding a location in Cupertino, California.
As Metro Vancouver ramenheads know, each ramen joint stands out for some aspect of their menu. In the case of Afuri, it’s their “chicken broth.”
“Afuri’s specialty is yuzu shio, a ramen made with a clear broth called ‘chintan’ and labeled simply ‘chicken broth’ on the menu,” explains Eater Portland, adding that this chintan broth is prepared at a lower temperature than its familiar broth counterpart, tonkotsu.
In addition to their Yuzu Shio and other chicken broth-based ramen, Afuri’s ramen selection includes tonkotsu-style (pork broth), tsukemen (cold noodles), and a hazelnut broth ramen. Their noodles are made in-house and come in thick and thin.
Elsewhere on the menu you’ll find small plates, like fried shishito peppers and stuffed buns, as well as dumplings, and “gohan” dishes – which are dishes served over rice. Their drinks menu includes cocktails, shochu, sake, whiskies, and multiple non-alcoholic beverages.
Afuri has not posted a targeted opening date for their Richmond location, but it does also appear they are on the hunt for a suitable location within Vancouver proper as well. We’ll update once more information becomes available.
Afuri Ramen + Dumpling will be located at 140 – 7971 Alderbridge Way in Richmond