Located in the mother of shopping malls in Klang Valley, Ichiban - The Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant inside 1Utama. The word Izakaya means ‘drinking establishment’ and therefore gives aim to the restaurant to promote the true culture of a Japanese restaurant and bar scene. Ichiban also takes pride in being the Kirin Ichiban’s flagship store in Malaysia and serving the famous Kirin Ichiban beer. Kirin is a famous company that manufacture the Kirin Beer since 1888, and now is one the most famous beer brands in Japan.
Taking up the spacious Dataran Cascades rooftop, just dining there is an experience on its own. The interior is designed in such a way that is contemporary without losing the traditional touch. While the daytime would allow much natural lighting through its glass walls, and as the night change, witness the place being brought to life with its multicoloured lightings that befits the idea of a bar.
Izakaya is all about bars and the pub life, which is why the kind of menu available here are all pub-related. The menu consists of a full meal from salads, to sharing platters, sushi to rolls, as well as mains and noodles. Ichiban Signature dish is their collection of special sashimi and tataki such as Yuzu Cured Hamachi with jalapeño and scallions, and the Hawaiian Style Spicy Tuna Poke with cucumber chips. Ichiban also offers the Chef’s Specialty Rolls in 18 different variations with the option to create your own roll for a market price.
Since Izakaya is best enjoyed with company, the food is all about sharing. The Grilled Tuna Jaw is moist and meaty, and big enough a portion to share. Then there’s also the platter selection like Tempura Shrimp and Sweet Potato Fries that would keep the crowd going into the late night.
Looking on all accounts, Ichiban The Izakaya is the ideal spot to pamper your palate with authentic Japanese fare alongside cold beers while appreciating the bird's eye view of the city.