Afuri ramen + dumpling LA

688 Mateo St, Los Angeles
(213) 221-7206

Recent Reviews

little Eddie

The Kiku is the most expensive cocktail on the menu but has absolutely no alcohol in it. Wouldn’t recommend…Ice cream doesn’t come with the donuts it cost extra but they tell you it comes with

Atmosphere: 3

Food: 2

Service: 4

Maya F

Ramen had very little flavor, the ambiance is really cute though. Wouldn’t go again due to the price point and the food quality

Emily T.

Cute vibes inside with cool interior! Ramen is light and the noodles are thin so they're a bit different than your typical ramen joint. Soup bases are very light and tangy (idk if that's the right word) and the toppings were fresh. The egg was the perfect consistency! The calamari appetizer was really good! Portions are on the smaller side but very curated I feel. Service is quick and easy as well. They were attentive and quick! I wanted to substitute a few things in my ramen and the server was able to readily ask the kitchen if it was possible so I like that they took the extra step to ask! I'm not sure if they have their own parking lot but I found street parking 2 small streets away!

Aaron

1 singular piece of meat with your bowl of ramen.The venue and space is large and there is not nearly enough staff to tend to the tables. The ramen is largely unmemorable except for the fact that despite the price premium, you only get 1 piece of meat with your bowl of ramen.I find this juxtaposition entirely unpalatable.

Atmosphere: 3

Food: 2

Service: 2

Mark C.

One of the best ramens in LA and one that offer chicken broth. The flavors are lights and crisp compared to most pork broth ramen. You don't leave feeling heavy and lethargic. The space is also open, airy and bright.

Matt Froese

Great unique Japanese inspired cocktails. We ordered two appetizers, two gyoza, and the yuzu donuts. Everything was delicious. Will definitely be returning.

Atmosphere: 4

Food: 5

Service: 5

Amy W.

My husband and I came here for dinner and cocktails before a concert and we were so impressed. The staff is super friendly, the service was quick, the food was delicious, the cocktails were unique and balanced, and the atmosphere was trendy and fun.We will absolutely be returning. Highly recommend!

Haydn Dalton

I came here for a business lunch with a couple of colleagues.I decided to go with the ramen combo, which is a small plate (starter), one ramen and a drink.My starter was the Spicy Tori Karaage, which is a Japanese Fried Chicken in spicy chili sauce, garlic and other tasty ingredients. The coating was crispy and crunchy, while the chicken inside was hot and juicy. Will eat again!For my main, it was the Tonkotsu Tantan. The ingredients again were super tasty and fresh. The broth was very, very flavorful and almost cream-like and topped with pork crumbles. The thick noodles certainly suited this dish.Didn't try a desert, but I'm sure they're good, too.Have to give the service people a shout-out as they were continually checking up on us, keeping drinks topped up and giving us great insight into their food.A repeat is on the books next time I'm in this area.

Atmosphere: 4

Food: 5

Service: 5

Recommended dishes: Tonkotsu Tantanmen, Ramen, Spicy Chicken Karaage

Yujin

Well designed and creative menu. Love the Yuzu shio ramen! So special. The milk tea drink is astonishingly good as well.

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Haydn D.

I came here for a business lunch with a couple of colleagues.I decided to go with the ramen combo, which is a small plate (starter), one ramen and a drink.My starter was the Spicy Tori Karaage, which is a Japanese Fried Chicken in spicy chili sauce, garlic, and other tasty ingredients. The coating was crispy and crunchy, while the chicken inside was hot and juicy. Will eat again!For my main, it was the Tonkotsu Tantan. The ingredients again were super tasty and fresh. The broth was very, very flavorful and almost cream-like and topped with pork crumbles. The thick noodles certainly suited this dish.Didn't try a desert, but I'm sure they're good, too.I have to give the service people a shout-out as they were continually checking up on us, keeping drinks topped up, and giving us great insight into their food.A repeat is on the books next time I'm in this area.

Brandon W.

Spicy tori Karaage 5/5 Spicy crispy Gyoza 55 The sides/small plates are excellent. The service was ok the waitress did forget our drink. Last but not the least the ramen was ok to say the least very thin noodles and the broth could honestly be better

Audrienne S.

Spicy Tori Karaage 5/5Winged Buta Gyoza 5/5Crispy Buta Gyoza 5/5Tonkotsu Tantan 5/5Yuzu Ratan 5/5Yuzu-Tsuyu 5/5Afuri Ramen ranks in my top 3 of ramen spots! I've been here countless time, and my favorite items are listed above. Afuri often has seasonal specials which are also fantastic.My top 2 items are the Yuzu-Tsuyu and the Tonkotsu Ratan. The Yuzu-Tsuyu is a dipping ramen dish. I would say that Afuri is famous for their yuzu ramen dishes - and it's true, all the yuzu ramen options are amazing here. But my all time favorite yuzu ramen is the dipping ramen! The noodles are thick and the pork and garnishes are fantastic. The braised kakuni pork is savory and perfectly fatty. Some of the ramen at Afuri has thick noodles and some with thin. I prefer the thicker noodles. The Tonkotsu Tantan also has thick noodles, has a spicy miso tare and tonkotsu broth. It's a spicy ramen with pork crumbles, bok choy, and shiitake mushrooms. My husband has tried the other ramen variations and Afuri and has liked all of them. Overall, I highly recommend Afuri! Stop by and try any of their ramen - it will be an excellent meal.

Dewi A.

It's been over a year since our last visit, but it's still as good as I remembered it. My girlfriends and I ordered the Yuzu Shio, Yuzu Shoyu, and the Yuzu Ratan, and all were delicious. I especially enjoyed my Yuzu Ratan -- it had just the right amount of spice without it being overpowering, and the flavor of the yuzu was evident. **Note, if you don't like yuzu, don't get the Yuzu ramen. I'm docking a star for the lack of accommodation in substituting an item without being charged for it. I don't eat pork, so I opted to forgo the chasu in my ramen. I asked if I could substitute it for another egg, as there were no other protein options. Not even tofu. And our server said it would cost $2. Wow, I spend $1.29 for a dozen large eggs at ALDI, and they were going to charge me $2 for an extra HALF a boiled egg?! Yeah, I don't think so. It would be nice to have other toppings besides pork. How about beef or chicken or tofu? And if a customer needs to substitute one thing for another, why charge extra? Is it that much more work to cut half an egg and add it to the bowl? Eggs nowadays are not $$$. We were also disappointed that they no longer offer beef wagyu ramen or kaarage chicken bun. Though both the soft shell and nasu (crispy eggplant) buns were tasty. Cocktails are always on point, and service was attentive. Come early for seating without a wait!

Jessica D.

Here we go again, this is the second time we have eaten here recently.And it was just as good the second time as it was the first! We came on Sunday 10/22/23 and brought the pups. THEY HAVE FREE DOGFY RAMEN ON SUNDAYS! It's Adorable and I was so excited to bring the puppy! This time around we got different things too! First was the spicy tori karaage - it was so delicious and perfectly fried and crispy. The spice was JUST right, just the right amount of bite. Ninniku Shoyu ramen - this one was delicious and rich and a little spicy. The depth of flavor was insanely good! Tonkotsu Tantan ramen - thicker noodles and a slightly spicy broth, this one had pork crumbles too. Also delicious and I love that both were unique in their own rights. Both had a slightly spicy broth but different levels and layers of flavor. This one was a little bit lighter but still just as rich in flavor. The mushrooms in this one, chefs kiss.The "doggy ramen" - didn't have any broth, but was an adorable little bowl with an egg, some nori and a few other vegetables. So cute and I love that they do this! Adrian was also a super sweet server too, just the absolute nicest and so helpful! I loved their energy and I would gladly eat in their section again. A good server always makes the experience better. Our water glasses never went empty and the service was so spectacular. This place has YET to disappoint us.

Steven W.

The hazelnut ramen at AFURI is my favorite ramen anywhere.I have driven across town in rush hour traffic to get this ramen, and it was worth it. I've eaten there several times, and the hazelnut ramen continues to delight me.The broth is rich and has an amazing flavor and mouthfeel. Yes, it's vegetarian, but this isn't one of those cases where a vegetable is trying its best to imitate a meat dish. The hazelnut ramen is very much its own thing, and it should be earning awards and inspiring its own imitators. I haven't gone too deep into the rest of the menu. I tried some gyoza on my first visit; they were ok, but I haven't felt compelled to order them again. At some point I should probably try more things, but I live pretty far from AFURI and tend to make the trip specifically for the hazelnut ramen.Service is friendly.There is indoor and outdoor seating.The decor meets all expectations for a hip ramen shop in the artists-can-no-longer-afford-to-live-here Arts District.Parking is slightly annoying, but not that bad.

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