I will preface this to say I am a big fan of Ramen, and not too picky when it comes to this dish. I like instant ramen, cup noodle ramen, I’ve also had ramen at some amazing ramen places in Manhattan and the authentic deal in Japan. What I look for in a bowl of ramen are 3 things:
- 1. The texture of the noodle – is it mush, or still nice and chewy
- 2. The richness of the soup – will the top layer solidify nicely over night
- 3. How salty is it? – salt does not equal flavour
The toppings matter too, but as this part of the ramen really depends on the individual order, it doesn’t make or break a bowl for me.
The first thing I noticed about Ajisen is the size of their menu, so many items! I had a hard time choosing but ended up ordering the “Teppanyaki Lamb” ramen. With consideration to the 3 aforementioned points. Ajisen did good. It wasn’t amazing, but it was pretty good. The soup was well-flavoured (the lamb in my order may have helped to strengthen the taste) and not so salty that my fingers swelled immediately. The service wasn’t overly attentive but it was quick to get the bill and dishes were served within 5 minutes of ordering.
My bill came to under $15 plus tax. Good price and ok food.