Nabe Spot To Expand SoonA La Carte Columns
April 3, 2016
Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
Kandou and kansha are Japanese words that express making customers happy and showing them appreciation. These are the ideals that the Ichiriki ohana live by.
Enter Ichiriki and you’ll see smiling customers as you inhale tantalizing aromas stemming from broths cooking away with meats and vegetables. With current locations in Aiea, Kaneohe and on Piikoi Street, Ichiriki is putting the finishing touches on its newest venture — a kaiten nabe restaurant in Kaimuki.
Slated to open sometime next week (check facebook. com/ichirikikaimuki for the latest updates), Ichiriki’s Kaimuki branch will offer something the others don’t: a conveyor belt in the restaurant that will offer a larger selection of vegetables to easily add to your nabe. There also will be two staff members always on hand to slice meat right before customers’ eyes.
A COMPLETE MEAL
Start your meal at Ichiriki with one of its signature appetizers, Chicken Karaage ($5.95). Then, if you happen to be there during happy hour, indulge in Niku Nabe ($17.95), which includes a broth of your choice (pictured here is Shio Pirikara, a salt-based broth mixed with red peppers and garlic) as well as pork, chicken, short ribs, vegetables and a tsukune stick. And, of course, try Uji Kintoki Shave Ice ($4.95) for dessert. The scrumptious green tea-flavored shave ice is topped with freshly made mochi balls, azuki beans and condensed milk (add ice cream for $1).
Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant
510 Piikoi St., No. 102, Honolulu (And Other Locations)
Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (last seating); Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (last seating); daily happy hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and 9 a.m.-closing; hours vary by location