Ichibuns is a place I have always seen on my travels to China Town in London. It has been highly recommended to me several times so when I was strolling past one day with no idea what to eat I thought it’s time to give it a try.
Food - 8.5/10
Ambiance - 8.5/10
Service - 8/10
Value for Money - 7.5/10
A delicious meal with a a great setting!
Price Range: ££
Address: 22 Wardour St, London W1D 6QQ
Telephone: 020 3937 5888
Nearest Station: Leicester Square
The exterior of the restaurant is very inviting and there are always friendly faces outside who will offer you menus to gaze at and get you seated quickly. The interior is also very alluring and quirky! We were escorted down stairs, the staircase had an engrossing manga wall which was a wall completed filled with manga. The time we went to dine was around 6 pm and they just seemed to open the downstairs area so luckily it wasn’t too busy downstairs. The menu was not massive, which usually means the dishes on the menu they will do well!
To start me and my partner decided to order the Gyoza to share. There were three choices of Gyoza (Prawn & Garlic Chive, Mushroom and Chicken & Shisho.) Being seafood lovers we went for the Prawn & Garlic Chive, which was served with a Ponzu Sauce. They came in a set of 4 so we had 2 each which was enough for us, and they were very tasty! We call ourselves dumpling lovers so this was a fabulous start to the meal :P.
For mains we were both in a noodley mood. They only sell one type of noodle here (Udon) but they come with a choice of having either Cold Udon or Hot Udon. My partner went for a Hot Udon dish and I went for a Cold. There were three choices of Hot Udon (Wagyu Niku, Tempura Teriyaki Chicken and Yasai-Ten.) She decided to go for the Wagyu Niku which was Wagyu Beef, Onions and a Poached Egg served in a Soy-Dashi Broth. This dish came with a poached egg included however the other two Hot Udon didn’t, however an egg can be added for an additional £1. For my Cold Udon I had a choice of Tuna Sahimi, Salmon Sashimi or Vegetarian. I had never had a Cold Udon dish so I was excited to taste it! Tuna is one of my favourite types of Sashimi so I had to go for the Tuna. The dish was served with Tuna, Grated Daikon, Cucumber, Avocado, Cherry Tomato and Daikon Cress served on Cold Udon with a Yuzu-Mustard Dressing. It was an interesting array of ingredients for a noodle dish but it tasted exquisite! It’s definitely something I would come back for, the ingredients suited the dish so well and the dressing was quality. I would 100% recommend this dish to anyone who comes here. The portions were decently sized so we were filled up by the end of it.
This was a very enjoyable experience overall for us. The place was aesthetically pleasing, both with the interior and exterior and the restaurant was very inviting. The staff were very helpful and efficient and we were seated promptly, the service was rapid. The food was flavorsome and uniquely tasting for me. It was the first time I had a Cold Noodle dish and it won’t be the last. The selection of ingredients for my main intrigued me but they combined well to make a stupendous dish. The price was a little pricey, £6.50 for 4 dumplings and £15.50 for a noodle dish but is to be expected for the location. Taking everything into account I highly recommend coming to this place and trying the Tuna Sashimi Cold Udon is a must.