Ichiba is a Japanese restaurant which gives you the experience of going to a Japanese Market without the need for a plane ticket to Tokyo or Osaka. Pretty ironic because Terminal 3 is right beside it. This also saves you from bringing around a translation book because the servers are Filipino! So basically, again, it’s like going to a Japanese Market without the flying-to-Japan part.
You can order around the different stations/booths/stalls but for those who are lazy or KJ, you may also ask on the waiters to take your order.
Prices are pretty affordable, more affordable than what you would expect from other restaurants in Newport Mall.
My friends and I got some Takoyaki (P105) or octopus balls in english, not literally octopus balls though.
The Karaage (P245) was juicy and crisp and works lovely with the Japanese mayo.
2 Sticks of Pork Belly (P85 per stick) and 2 sticks of Negima (P50-60 per stick), a bit too much for barbecued pork (if you ask me) but it does complete the market experience. It was tender, very flavorful and in
My friends and I got a Rainbow Sushi platter (P300ish but not higher than P400) which had salmon, tuna, and shrimp on a roll. Totally must-buy when you visit!
As you might have guessed, you go here to experience the “Japanese Market”. The food was good. Nothing too special with it but it wasn’t bad either. It is pretty affordable for the experience of a Japanese Market, especially for those who are in love with Japanese culture and I bet you can name more than 5 of your friends who love Animae and what-have-you Japanese things. Will I come back? Sure, I’d love to bring my parents here (both are also big Japanese Food fans) and I’d love to try their Ramen when I come back!