Going for a nabe-style dip
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Ichiriki is what a nabe restaurant should be — clean, cozy and tasty. The varied menu features a number of appetizers, and the hot pots are filled with flavor and are easily customizable.
The menu instructions are simple: Choose a pot, a broth and a set, then start dipping away!
A good way to begin your dining adventure is with Ahi Katsu ($7.95, $5.50 during happy hour). Fresh ahi is panko-coated and fried until it reaches a juicy medium-rare texture. The buttery fish provides a nice counterbalance to the crispy exterior. Sliced to share, it’s a popular starter. Other pupus to try are Ahi Poke, Maguro Tartar, Surume, and a number of vegetable delights.
Ichiriki’s happy hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday) and 9 p.m. to close (Friday and Saturday) makes a good meal even more affordable. Kobe Beef Shabu Shabu drops to $16.95 during these hours and features 5 ounces of tender kalbi beef, a side of aromatics and a choice of optional broths that up your menu options exponentially. Among the broth choices are shio, ichiriki, miso, curry and Angry Goma made with jalapeno and habanero peppers. If you prefer just a bit of spice, pirikara broth may be just what you’re looking for.
One final hot pot to mention is Seafood Nabe ($28.95) A large bowl of Madagascar Shrimp, calamari, snow crab, tsukune (homemade meatballs) is paired with a heaping of shiitake and enoki mushrooms, Napa cabbage, bok choy, chives, arabiki sausage and two types of tofu. For an even healthier bowl, try Kami Nabe Paper Pot, which features a chemically-coated paper that’s durable against water and heat, and remains intact during the entire meal.
Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center
46-047 Kamehameha Hwy. (and various locations)
Daily, (lunch) 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (dinner) 4-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday; 4 p.m.-10 p.m Sunday