Ajisen Ramen: "Japanese noodles throughout Shanghai" Shanghai Restaurant Tip by SWFC_Fan

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  Ajisen Ramen Japanese restaurant, Shanghai
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  • Ajisen Ramen Japanese restaurant, Shanghai - Shanghai
      Ajisen Ramen Japanese restaurant, Shanghai
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  • Ajisen Ramen (Nanjing Road East branch) - Shanghai
      Ajisen Ramen (Nanjing Road East branch)
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  • Chilli beef fried rice at Ajisen Ramen, Shanghai - Shanghai
      Chilli beef fried rice at Ajisen Ramen, Shanghai
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  • Asahi beer at Ajisen Ramen, Shanghai - Shanghai
      Asahi beer at Ajisen Ramen, Shanghai
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  • View from Ajisen Ramen (Nanjing Road East branch) - Shanghai
      View from Ajisen Ramen (Nanjing Road East branch)
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Ajisen Ramen is a Japanese noodle restaurant with branches throughout Shanghai. In fact, this Japanese fast food chain has branches all over East Asia, as well as Australia and North America.

I visited Ajisen Ramen one afternoon during a visit to Shanghai in May 2008, and ate at the Nanjing Road East branch. This branch is located on the 7th floor of a commercial building, above a bank. The restaurant is reached in an external, glass-fronted lift and the panoramic views of Nanjing Road East and further afield over the rooftops from the dining room are very impressive.

When I visited Ajisen Ramen I was just looking for a simple portion of noodles, but simple options were not evident on the menu. Instead, there were all manner of more substantial noodle dishes ? noodles with shrimps, abalone, clams, prawns, mixed vegetables, chilli beef, chicken, pork and countless other combinations. Starters include soups, soup noodles, spring rolls, cheese spring rolls and fried prawns, while the dessert menu features ice creams and a variety of desserts created from red beans.

I opted for:

Chilli beef fried rice - Cost: 25 Yuan / 2.20 GBP

A large plate of egg fried rice with spring onions, red chillies, chunks of beef, peppers and other vegetables. The beef was a bit too fatty for my liking, but the dish as a whole was very tasty. It was also accompanied by a bowl of clear soup containing tofu, green vegetable leaves and chillies. This dish was marked on the menu with 2 chillies (to indicate that it was ?quite spicy?)?and it certainly was! Both the rice and the soup had a real kick to them.

The meal was served with chopsticks, which was fine by me, but I expect that you can get a knife and fork if required.

500ml bottle of Asahi beer - Cost: 10 Yuan / 0.90 GBP

A cold Japanese beer ? the best value beer that I bought in Shanghai, with 500ml costing just 10 Yuan!

Lemon Coke - Cost: 10 Yuan / 0.90 GBP

A glass of Coca Cola with ice and lemon.

A good value Japanese restaurant chain with branches throughout Shanghai. A large selection of noodle and rice dishes and very good value Asahi beer!

Address: Nanjing Road East
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Various branches throughout Shanghai, including Nanjing Road East.
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 3
Theme: Japanese/Sushi

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 29, 2008
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