19 Sung Kao Rd, B2
this location closed a/o 9/2009 :(
Moved to Xinyi Eslite food court. Spotted in 4/2010
website: i couldn't find a site for Taipei= here is Ajisen.com.hk
hours: 11 am- 9 pm; fri/sat 11 am- 9:30
Kid friendliness: booths/chair only.
Visit reviewed: 6/12/2008 & 8/15/2008
There was nothing not to like about the ramen here- I devoured my bowl of Ramen with corn (NT$170) as well as the little side of seaweed salad with sweetened vinegar (NT$60). It was on the better side of the experiences of ramen I've had here, although mall ramen here in Taipei is probably better than lots of mall ramen in the states.
If you don't like seaweed, they also offer cold tofu, gyoza (pan fried dumplings) and some other sides.
After ordering at the counter from a picture menu, you get a number. I noticed that almost everything had the girl mascot- from their number to their seasoning on the table, to the spoon, bowl and napkins.
They offer about six different types of ramen- Ajisen Ramen, Miso Ramen, Ramen with Corn, Tenderous Ribs Ramen, Vegetarian Ramen and Curry ramen, and a handful of sides like cold tofu and gyoza (pan fried dumplings) (everything is in Chinese but with pictures).
They also offer a little row of booth seats independent from the mall food court seating, which is great when you don't feel like circling the filled seats for a spot (though I do like their food court neighbor Indian Palace).
The ramen is on the looser side, so it's not as wavy as some ramen places, but it soaks up the soup adequately so it's not bland.
Only recently, I tried the Tenderous Ribs ramen which include large braised chunks of pork (instead of the sliced cha siu in the ramen I usually get). I thought the pork was tender and well seasoned and something different than what's offered at other ramen places.
The menu is limited, so I don't know if there's more options at other locations in Taipei, but on the Ajisen Hong Kong menu there is a TON of more stuff. They have over 120 locations around the world, including in Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and US.
No. 43, Nanjing W Road
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