Enjoy the ultimate nabe experienceA La Carte Columns
February 23, 2016
Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa | Photos by: NATHALIE WALKER
Pots of boiling broth await you at Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant, not to mention an abundance of yummy ingredients ready to be plunged into the aromatic soups, of which there are countless flavors to choose from.
For the ultimate hot-pot experience, try Kobe Beef Chanko ($28.95). All chanko meals come with an assortment of veggies and select seafood and meat, in addition to your main ingredient of choice. Kobe beef comes out on top, however, as the high-grade, marbled meat is tender enough to soak up all the wonderful umami flavors of the soup base.
Also making it on the favorite’s list is Pork Kimchee ($5.50 happy hour, $9.95 regular) appetizer. Spicy and tangy kimchee is pan-fried with pork and mixed with a little bit of mayo for a nicely balanced taste.
Another must-try appetizer is Garlic Shrimp ($5.50 happy hour, $7.95 regular). The dish includes six to seven pieces of battered and fried shrimp, generously coated with garlic sauce and garlic chips.
Aside from Ichiriki’s food, the eatery’s service excels as well, thanks to a strict training program and customer-first approach. In addition to being knowledgeable and capable of executing all roles within the restaurant, staff members strive to “meet customers’ needs before they even need anything,” server Ian Doi explains. All of these efforts are in the hopes of creating efficient service, so that guests will enjoy their dining experience and return.
510 Piikoi St., Honolulu (and other locations)
Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Happy hour daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-closing
* Ichiriki now is opening its gift envelopes — which were given out in January — until March 17, with a few lucky winners eligible to win a trip for two to Japan (one envelope opened per visit).