There are some restaurant names that immediately conjure romance, intrigue and seduction.
Ichibuns is not one of them.
It is, however, a lively, three-storeyed restaurant dedicated to Japanese fast food, adorned with an eclectic array of pop culture references and Tokyo-inspired design.
Downstairs is a low-lit, wood-panelled bar lined with rows of Pachinko arcade machines and collages of Japanese fishing flags and manga cartoons plastered on the ceiling. Here, there’s the cocktail bar serving up smoked whisky negronis and yuzu and grapefruit collins, while on the upper two levels, centred around a stunning installation of delicate wind chimes, you’ll find the grub.
Creating a kind of Japanese diner, Ichibuns fuses delicate sushi dishes and vegan-friendly ramen with serious junk food. There’s fried shrimp, wagyu cheeseburger maki, and the buns – wagyu beef; chicken karaage and kakiage, with tempura vegetables and brie. You can top it all off with desserts like mochi balls or molten chocolate cakes, or a cookies & cream milkshake.
And that’s got to be worth getting off your buns for.
NOTE: Ichibuns is open from noon-11pm (12am Thurs, 1am Fri & Sat). You can find out more, and book, on their website HERE.
Ichibuns | 22 Wardour Street, W1D 6QH
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