Nabe For All

Columns Veg'n Out

August 25, 2013

Story By: Terri Hefner | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

Nabe is a popular Japanese hot pot typically served with fish-based broth accompanied by fish, beef, chicken, pork and vegetables — and Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant knows its nabe.

After all, it’s in the name. And with three popular locations on the island, lots of foodies know Ichiriki’s nabe, too.

But, as in most Japanese hot pot eateries, Ichiriki uses fish broth in just about everything, so that’s that for the meat- and fish-free crowd … unless you let your server know you’re vegetarian.

Vegetarian Nabe ($16.95)

Vegetarian Nabe ($16.95)

“For vegans/vegetarians,” says co-owner Issei Kazama, “we use plain water and seaweed, and then give them ponzu sauce on the side for flavor.”

There you go. Ichiriki knows — and welcomes — vegetarians, too.

The special Vegetarian Nabe ($16.95) comes with won bok, bok choy, gobo, chives, carrots, as well as kuzukiri (arrowroot noodles), tofu and aburage for protein, and a variety of mushrooms including enoki, shiitake and shimeji. So you get to have all the fun that goes along with nabe dining, as well as Ichriki’s attentive service and pleasant ambiance — and there’s nothing fishy about it.

“Our nabe is healthy,” adds Kazama, “and our customers always get full on healthy food.”

Speaking of customers, Ichiriki offers lots of social media-only specials, so like it on Facebook.com/ichirikinabe, or follow Ichiriki on Instagram, @ichrikinabe.

Contact Terri Hefner at diningout@staradvertiser.com

Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant

510 Piikoi St., Honolulu
Lunch: daily, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight

98-150 Kaonohi St., Aiea
Lunch: daily, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dinner: Monday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Sunday, 4-10 p.m.

Lunch: daily 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 pm.-midnight

Kaneohe, HI 96744

Aiea, HI 96701

Honolulu, HI 96814

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