Seven years' courtship to get Afuri ramen from Japan to set up its first store in Singapore, at Funan

Bowls of ramen at Afuri restaurant at the revamped Funan Mall. Besides two outlets in Portland, Afuri also has branches in Lisbon, Portugal, and new openings later this year include Vancouver.
Bowls of ramen at Afuri restaurant at the revamped Funan Mall. Besides two outlets in Portland, Afuri also has branches in Lisbon, Portugal, and new openings later this year include Vancouver.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

SINGAPORE - It took seven years to get famous ramen chain Afuri - known for its yuzu-scented ramen topped with charcoal-grilled pork - to open its first store in Singapore. Afuri has launched a 70-seat outlet at the redeveloped Funan mall, which opened on Friday (June 28).

Mr Takahashi Kenichi, 63, chief executive officer and executive chairman of Japan Foods Holding, tells The Straits Times that he has been a fan of the ramen chain since 2010. Japan Foods Holding is best known for its Ajisen Ramen chain, along with other ramen brands such as Menya Musashi, and the recently launched Karamen, which has an outlet at Funan mall as well.

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