Numerous Nabe OfferingsCover Story
June 26, 2022
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
Diners are in for a traditional Japanese culinary experience as guests at Ichifuji are treated to stellar cuisine and hospitality provided by an experienced, friendly team.
“Customers will have new experience of enjoying shabu shabu,” manager Ayako Furuta says when describing the must-try experience. “They will also feel like they are in Japan.”
Diners can look forward to the restaurant’s authentic, healthy Japanese hot pot “otoshi nabe,” which is a specialty nabe dish made from the rich flavor of oxtail, a local favorite. The simmered hot pot soup base is simmered for 24 hours so all the flavors are incorporated as guests dip various ingredients into the nabe, shabu style, and enjoy their flavorful combinations with family, friends or co-workers.
While the restaurant offers a la carte ordering, Ichifuji also offers several course menus including the Premium 13-Course Menu ($125) and the 11-Course Menu ($85). The beef tongue, which offers essential vitamins, can be found on the course menus or can be ordered a la carte for $14. This is one of the restaurant’s signature meats that is served with eight slices along with green onion.
“A lot of customers tell me that their favorite is beef tongue shabu shabu,” Furuta says. “We recommend that diners prepare the beef tongue by dipping it in the hot pot for 10 seconds and enjoying it with the green onion and oxtail broth.”
Also included in the course menus are U.S. Wagyu Beef Rolls ($12 a la carte) as each serving includes two rolls wrapped with Chinese cabbage; Kurobuta Pork Rolls ($8 a la carte) that includes two rolls wrapped in cabbage per serving; and a Kurobuta-wrapped Japanese omelet; Chawan-Mushi ($9.50 a la carte), which is a cup-steamed egg custard topped off with ikura and filled with mushi wakame seaweed, shiitake mushrooms, fish cake and edamame.
The course menus also include specialties such as Barley Rice Porridge and Seared Wagyu Uni Sushi.
As a pro tip, the team at Ichifuji recommends diners allot the appropriate time for each course to fully enjoy the experience.