Ajisen Ramen is famous for its white broth and tasty, healthy noodles. A lot of toppings to choose from and they also serve BBT. Located in Parker Place Mall.
One of my favorite place to visit, when it's rainy and cold outside. I live near downtown and it usually takes me about 25 mins to get there, but I must've been eating there a lot, since waitstuff started to recognize me and my friend. Ramen here is different from what you get in kitaro, Motomachi Shokudo, or Benkei. I was told from my Japanese friend that the broth is more like southern style with milky and opaque texture. I tried their Spicy pork, Soft Rib, kimchi bbq ramen and all dishes were outstanding. Noodle is little thinner and genetic looking than other ramen places mentioned above, but nevertheless cooked to perfection with right amount of tangyness. Service has been pretty good so far. Try them out!
i ordered a curry pork with rice. The curry was watery and not at all like the Japanese curry that's usually served at good restaurants. The food seemed like it was microwaved because it was not even warm, it was almost cold. Ordering pork, i expected a pork chop like in the picture but what came was the type of meat that is thinly sliced for hot pot. It was all bunched together and cooked very poorly like it had just been boiled to ensure that it wasn't raw and that was it. No skill required. I had to call several times because the waitresses noticed. They were all standing in a group chatting away and not even noticing the customer. The order came slowly and after the long wait I was served with such poor food. Not to mention the price is not cheap for the kind of food served which is low quality. All in all I will never come back again and I would never recommend anyone to eat here. The food court at Parker Place serves much better food than this restaurant.
I had tried Ajisen ramen when it first opened some years ago and was not impressed the first time. Some years later I returned to it and hope they have improved, but was once again disappointed. Their menu did improved with more choices and the size of the bowl they use now is actually bigger and looks to have increase the portion they give you. However when my ramen came, it was just as it was when I first tried them. The value is utterly lacking when you only get a tiny portion of noodle for $8. The increase bowl size only adds to the illusion you are getting more; but I can still grab the whole bowl of noodle with one gripe of the chopstick. As for the quality of the so called "ramen", I agree with the other person's comment about the noodles being nothing more than "dried spaghetti". The soup base is basically powder mix from instant noodles.
Aside from the noodle, I tried their pork rice ball for the first time. The ball had no port taste and the rice was regular rice, not japanese rice so the whole thing fell apart with one poke of the chopstick. Even the nori that wrapped around the rice ball was too short and could not fully wrap around the rice; just not very professionally made. Again just a wannabe Japanese chinese resturant serving $8 instant MSG instant noodles - "Mei Jing Lai Mein"
The waitresses lack even the tinniest of professionalism and are basically a bunch of inexperienced highschool kids who got the job because they are somewhat cute. There is too much talking and giggling amongst themselves like they are hanging out infront of their lockers at school.
Even the manager/boss isn't very professional. He dresses up like he would at home powerwashing his driveway or something. And when there was a problem with the order (which my friend had) there was no apology but only gave a lame excuse and made the mistake sound like a matter of fact.
The only gleam of brightness of the restaurant is the ambiance. I do like the color and lighting of the restaurant. However seeing stacks of boxed pops and bottle drinks stored against the wall in the front of the restaurant in full view took away the coolness of the makeup of the place. Can they not store the drinks in the back of the restaurant? It was really an eye sore and it reminded me of cheap cafes in Hong Kong or "dai pai dong".
Do your stomach and wallet a favor and don't come here. You will walk out feeling ripped off and have to go to McDonald's down the street for a Big Mac.
Nobody speaks Japanese here. Yes, I have to admit that if I go to a Japanese restaurant I'll get Japaense food and Japanese waitresses etc etc. I've heard alot of complaintes about the noodles not being authentic ramen noodles, but this is not true. It is ramen noodles, just not the fresh type that everybody is so used to. These noodles are the dried variety, like spaghetti and pasta noodles.
So when you try it out, keep an open mind. Very open.
Besides the MSG which does seem prevalent in all these establishments, you may want to drink alot of water or juice or tea. This will help to overcome the sensations that MSG has on a person.
I have to admit the soups are tasty and they have an assortment of accessory foods like gyoza (ok, not great) and some other stuff that may be worth trying at least once for the effect.
I go once a year and I'm never really surprised. It does however keep me coming back (once a year) to see if anything has changed.
Love the pink .
I've been to Ajisen Ramen a few times with my family, including 2 children who are picky eaters. Thankfully, everyone enjoyed the ramen and were willing to come again.
Food: The soup base is tasty and the noodles are soft. The soup wasn't as hot as I hoped it to be, but it was still good. I had the corn and pork slice ramen, and it was delicious. And I love the spoons! They're so fun to eat with.
Service: The service was good. They apologized when they forgot one of our orders. But you have to flag them in order to get something.
Ambiance: Those hot pink chairs are pretty awesome. I love how it looks partly chic yet family friendly. The big statue of a girl holding ramen is a nice touch.
I will continue to eat ramen here. Its good, not pricey, and yummy!
This place serves dried pasta - spaghetti, not ramen. I was disappointed. Spaghetti in broth with 1 slice of pork, fishcake, bean sprouts and wakame. Looks like spaghetti, tastes like spaghetti. At least their fried rice tastes decent. The service was quick during a not so busy hour. But will not go back for their noodles.