Freshly open, freshly branded, and freshly Japanese is the new casual place in town, Ichikame Shokudo (@ichikameshokudo). Chill enough to spend an afternoon with a comfortable bowl of curry, while funky enough to serve up nitrogen ice cream in collaboration with the inventors over at 77k Freeze (@77kfreeze). The restaurant has been open for a week and is testing out ways to connect more with local communities and crowds, so any ideas here or on their account are appreciated!
But the heart and soul of this cafeteria-style cuisine is in the gyoza! A deeply rooted trigger for deliciousness, these classic dumplings are done best when crafted in-house. Of all foods, gyozas are emblazoned on the logo of this restaurant because they stand behind their work – especially their Hot Plate Prawn and Cheese Gyoza. Seeing a pan-fried crisp layered with cheese looks a lot like double happiness. From hearing the crackling of the oils in a dance to smelling the melting cheese, the anticipation fuels itself even before the first bite. As the initial impressions sizzle, one chopstick leads to another and the first piece comes around. The ratio of cheese to wrapping to filling to onions is in perfect balance so nothing is overpowering, while the flavors meld in sequence. The prawn at the end adds a nice gesture.
Glad to see Asian presence starting out in the Victoria Dr. area! There’s a lot to look forward to as the full concept develops in the near future!