Restaurant: Ichigo Ichie Izakaya
Restaurant type: Japanese, ramen, tapas, multi-story restaurant with multiple dining rooms
Prices: $4-$7 entrées, $14.50+ ramen
Date: Saturday September 22nd 2018
Table of: 4
My favorite dish: the terriyaki chicken tonkotsu ramen
A little while back, post-Arts Café brunch, Kem CoBa ice cream and apple cake smothered in caramel sauce from Hof Kelsten, my old roomates and I ended up at Ichigo Ichie for some ramen.
We were looking for something warm and comforting, liek soup, that also had alcohol, so the choice was easy to make. I’d also been in the summer with Alex, so I knew it would be a good meal. However, when I say I’d been before, I’d been to Yokato Yokabai, which is in the same building and also serves ramen. Its a bit confusing, as the building has 3 parts to it: Yokato Yokabai, a ramen “counter” which basically serves ramen and a few entrées and no booze. Ichigo Ichie, a Japanese tapas restaurant on the other side and then like a private dining room on the 3rd floor I believe (could have also been the basement). Again, I still don’t understand the point in separating it into different restaurants, especially considering how each of them is so small. Its so small and so busy, that we were a group of 4 who arrived just after 5pm on a Saturday night and had to sit at the bar or else it was a 45 minutes wait for a table. Why not just combine the whole thing and let people enjoy a good cold beer with their ramen? Anyways.
We all ended up ordering ramen, although with different meats and toppings. I opted for the terriyaki chicken tonkotsu ramen, with half a boiled egg, lots of green onions and extra noodles (which came on the side). Overall, I loved the ramen. I realize its probably the same as the one I had the last time at Yokato Yokabai, so maybe it was the different meat choice that made it less fatty that I preferred, but I really enjoyed it. The broth was delicious, as was the chicken and the extra noodles were a good life decision for that leftover broth and Alex’s doggy bag.
Overall, we enjoyed a very good meal, but its a shame we had to sit at the bar (not convenient for conversation when you’re four people). I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I also use on my Instagram account (@elisebgravel). It’s very simple, there are only three points: the quality of the food (on 10), the price (from $ to $$$$$) and the following question: would I go back?
So, here is my review of Ichigo Ichie Izakaya:
Would I go back?: Yes and I would try some of the tapas!
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*All photos and opinions are mine