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Step Up to the Plate

Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant

By Alana Folen Photos By Leah Friel
June 23, 2013

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: ANGRY GOMA NABE ($23.95, DINNER ONLY)

Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant heats things up nabe style, as it presents its patrons with a unique interactive dining experience, which features Japanese hot pot, sukiyaki, shabu shabu and more.

A specialty item for those brave enough to take the heat is Angry Goma Nabe. Available for dinner only and with a devout following, Angry Goma Nabe features the spiciest broth of the bunch and leaves a lasting impression on its fans.

Cooked in your very own hot pot, the broth is comprised of a sesame base infused with jalapeno and habanero peppers for an added kick.

The Angry Goma broth can be added to any lunch item for an additional $2.

Every nabe experience ends with a choice of ramen, udon or Japanese rice porridge to soak up every last drop of zesty broth.

“Originally Angry Goma Nabe was a secret, off-the-menu item,” says chef Kent Okamura. “It received such a cult-following that we added it to our regular menu a few months ago. It’s been a hit!”

Tsukune, Ichiriki’s homemade meatballs, is a standout item in the restaurant’s nabe creations.

Composed of pork, tofu, green onions and egg, tsukune is made in-house daily.

Slivers of pork shoulder, salmon, shrimp, bok choy, chives, gobo, kuzukiri noodles, tofu, aburage, Chinese cabbage, enoki, shimeji, shiitake and eryngii mushrooms are added to the nabe, making for a filling and flavorful dish.

Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant

510 Piikoi St. #102 (and other locations)
589-2299
Lunch: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight