Ajisen's success is a testament to the international community's thirst for ramen (and love for the winking Anime girl mascot): the small, original ramen house started in Kumamoto, Japan in 1968 and now has more than 700 dining rooms around the world. The specialty bowl the noodle slinger has come to identify with is a white pork-based ramen from Southern Japan, though the menu covers some 40 varieties, incorporating curry, kimchi, miso and tomato. If you want to deviate from the bowl, opt for a sizzling tray of steak teppanyaki, fried gyoza or crispy spring rolls.
Ajisen Ramen brings the fast-casual concept to its 700+ international locations. The huge menu includes gyoza, baby octopus, fried oysters, chicken karaage, and more, as well as udon and rice bowls, sushi, salads, and desserts like mochi and green tea tiramisu. The thin Kumamoto-style ramen is made in-house daily—it's meant to be eaten right after it’s served, the better to enjoy the traditional chewiness of the noodles. Ward off a cold with spicy sesame tantanmen ramen—a new, stylistic interpretation of Sichuan dan dan noodles—or go for the gold standard Ajisen Best Combo, topped with premium pork slices, barbecue pork, and tender pork ribs.
How to order: Pickup and delivery online.