Get Dazzled by the Dishes at Ichiban

Text By: Johnson Shrestha

Now, Japanese food is something that's on every foodie's wish list. Japanese culture has always fascinated us, most of us anyway, with the way we've seen them in movies or animes. So, when the opportunity arose, there was no way I'd say no to Ichiban Multi Cuisine and Multipurpose Venue. They're the newly-opened branch of the one in Dillibazar, which is a popular destination for Japanese cuisine.

The place doesn't give off a Japanese vibe at all. Every furniture is wooden and designed in Japanese style, yes, but despite trying hard to appear Japanese, it can't quite get there. But, we were there for the food, so, no judgments until now. We ordered ourselves an appetizer, a main course, and a side dish, and waited. Just when we were starting to think that the service was slow, every order came in at once.

Confusion came over, as everything—appetizer, main course, and side dish—were in front of us. Have you ever been overwhelmed by food? I was. So many delicacies on your table, and the overpowering aroma! Everything looks equally good, and you can't decide which one to eat first, but I was already feasting with my eyes. We opted for the sushi first, as appetizers. No Japanese food course is complete without sushi. Two sushi dishes in front of us, bright and colorful, small; California Makkhi and Vegetable Tuna Makkhi. Both of these were typical sushi, raw fish, with cooked rice and vegetables inside. It was my first time with sushi, so, if I can’t appreciate them properly, it's a fault on my part.

The main course was called Tonchaccu Thesiko, which was meaningless to me, but it looked so appetizing! Neatly-cut chicken, with fresh vegetables, accompanied by five bowls of other goodness—rice, Robbin cut (tofu with sauce), miso soup, Japanese pickles, Tamago yeki (egg rolls and egg plants). The chicken was wrapped in bread dough, and deep fried with special spices. This, by far, was the most overwhelming dish on the table, as half of the table was covered by it anyway. Every bowl offered a bit of heaven, but the chicken on the plate was the best. This dish, though I can't pronounce the name right, became my favorite Japanese food, and if I go back there again, I'll make sure to order it.

The last one was called the Deuda Kebab, an Indian-Continental dish of mutton, chicken, and cheese. All three layers cooked beautifully with a mixture of Indian spices and herbs. I am not a fan of mutton, and these are quite meaty, but I have to say, served with green chutney, this dish is really enticing!

I have to say, Japanese food is an acquired taste, which I will have to get used to, to appreciate everything on my table. And, even if this Ichiban doesn't have the Japanese looks, they definitely do have some of the best Japanese food! Therefore, if you do want to try Japanese, I suggest you seek out this place and get dazzled with the dishes.