Cheap Eats: Ajisen Ramen is Your New Fave Lunch Spot

Ajisen Ramen is a cozy hole-in-the-wall right by FIT (located on 28th between 7th and 6th). you can easily pop in in-between or after classes for a big bowl of warm ramen, chicken katsu curry, or some yummy, fresh sushi. They offer great lunch specials too, though they’re not pricey to begin with.


The Restaurant 

Ajisen Ramen is a popular ramen chain which was founded in 1968 in Kumamoto, Japan. Today, Ajisen Ramen totals over 600 branches all over the world. The vibes are classic for any ramen shop that I’ve visited; dark wood interiors, minimal design, and a cozy, intimate atmosphere. 


The Location

The restaurant is a convenient walk from campus which makes it perfect for common hour or lunch breaks, or after class dinners. It’s hidden underneath a lot of scaffolding, so be sure not to miss it. Not many people seem to know that it exists so finding a table is never a struggle, and the service is speedy!


The Food

Ajisen offers lunch specials Monday through Friday on maki rolls and bento boxes. This place is perfect if you’re on a budget; the most expensive offering on their menu is $13. With vegetarian, vegan, and carnivorous crowd pleasers, this one is definitely a must-try.


They use a traditional kind of Tonkotsu pork broth that is cooked long, slow, and seasoned to perfection. There is a lot of collagen in the broth which makes it hearty and good for your skin! The noodles are fresh and they offer a plethora of toppings to satisfy every craving. 


There isn’t much on this earth that is more satisfying than warm bowls or ramen or curry on a cold day. My favorite things to order are the Spicy Ajisen Ramen or the Chicken Katsu Curry. Both options are warm and comforting, and the portion sizes are more than generous. Ordering some warm green tea to sip on while you wait for your food is the ultimate form of self-care.


So next time, instead of hitting City Gourmet, Matto, or the cafeteria, make Ajisen Ramen your new go-to lunch spot.