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  • Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns – Soho, London

Ichibuns serving up japanese burgers and ramen in the heart of London!

Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Vibrant and colourful back wall


Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

String of baubles


Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Don’t you love this decor!

We had arranged to meet some local bloggers, Jasmin, Heather and May, with their other halves for dinner one evening in London since we happened to be there for a networking event.  As Ichibuns had launched the previous week, obviously we had wanted to try it out after hearing the reviews.  Ichibuns is located on Wardour Street in the heart of Soho and is the latest restaurant from Robin Leigh (Nobu).

Experience The Best of Japanese Culture, Creativity and Culinary Kapow! with an Ichibuns Twist - Ichibuns

Arriving at Ichibuns at 7pm, we noticed there was a bit of a queue and we ended up waiting 45 minutes for a table.  I had emailed beforehand to query whether a reservation was needed, however I was told that as Ichibuns sits over three floors there would be ample space.  Sod’s law on the evening when we decide to go, there was a private event and they closed the upper floors hence the queue.  Finally a table had become available and we were led past the open kitchen to the rear right corner of the dimly lit restaurant.

Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Seating inside Ichibuns

Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Ichibuns menu

The restaurant had a lively atmosphere with tables of groups and couples and house grooves playing in the background.  I ventured upstairs to have a quick peek and loved the fun decor; from the chandelier of baubles hanging from the ceiling to the green plants tucked into the pockets of the wall all accompanied by simple Japanese style seating.  And yes, I had to see what the Japanese toilets were all about!

Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Decor upstairs


Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Plants along the wall


Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Japanese style seating upstairs

The table was small to say the least and 5 of us squished round it like sardines, very cosy indeed!  Heather and Adam were to join us later so we hoped that the table next to us would leave soon.

For drinks the Ichi shakes caught my eye and I opted for the Sakura Blossom whilst Ian went for a mocktail Quiet Storm.  Our drinks arrived in takeaway style cups with a filmed lid.  How quirky!  The Sakura Blossom was made with milk and cherry ice cream with marinated cherries, topped with pink and white marshmallows and cherry sauce.  Now I love ice cream and I love cherries, but boy this was super sweet!  Ian’s mocktail on the other hand was lovely, fruity and refreshing.

To start Ian had the snow crab maki rolls which were delicious; fresh, light and accompanied with an avocado and cucumber creamy spicy mayo.  I had the tasty wagyu beef maki rolls with yakinuki sauce.  Don’t worry I did let Ian have a piece!  Each portion had 6 generous equally sized fresh rolls.

Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Starters: Wagyu beef and snow crab maki rolls, veggie harumaki and chicken pieces


Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Wagyu beef maki rolls


Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Jasmin holding the chopsticks for my photo!

Jasmin fancied small bites and chose the vegetarian harumaki, which had the perfect crisp with every mouthful, and succulent chicken pieces dipped in a smokey sauce.  I did eye them up and they looked very good (mouthwatering, even!).

For the mains, Ian chose the classic burger of two beef patties with melted cheese, gherkin, red onion and a squeeze of classic burger sauce.  The burger patties were juicy and were held in a lightly toasted brioche bun.  The classic burger was quite tasty.

Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Ian’s burger with two patties and a generous portion of fries


Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Fries with mayo and sriracha sauce

My chicken katsu burger was succulent, moist and had a lovely crispy panko coating.  The fresh Japanese slaw topped on the chicken gave a nice crunch and left me wanting more.  I loved the brioche buns and the fact they they didn’t fall apart when biting into them.  We both ordered a side of fries – the fries had a good crisp to them and were not oily.  I liked the idea of the food being served fast food style in paper packaging.

Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Chicken katsu burger with fries

We didn’t have dessert as Ian had a crazy idea of ordering another burger to try!  So we had the Hokkaido to share which included two patties, red onion, shiitake mushrooms, white truffle oil and blue cheese fondue.  With my half of the burger, I couldn’t taste the blue cheese at all and unfortunately this burger didn’t wow us at all.  I definitely preferred the chicken katsu burger.

Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

Round two! Hokkaido burger to share

After indulging on almost two burgers, alas we were too full to order dessert.  Overall, we liked the fast food style concept and the staff were polite, friendly and helpful.  The food was delicious, however we felt that the beef burgers could have been tastier.  We would like to come back and try the ramen and the desserts next time, especially the green tea profiteroles.

Price: around £30 each per person (drink, starter and a burger and a half!)

Have you tried Ichibuns?  Where’s your best burger spot in London?

 

 

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Japanese Inspired Soul Food @ Ichibuns, Soho, London – WhodoIdo: Ichibuns is located in the heart of London, and offers Japanese food with a modern twist in a fun and lively atmosphere. Expect wagyu burgers, ramen and maki rolls!

18 Comments

  • katie werthmann 12/01/2018 (21:13)

    That mobile is incredible! I don;t think I’ve seen anything like it in real life! I’m not one for sushi or chicken (vegetarian) but I’m sure it would be worth it to try something new just to sit inside!

    • Lana
      Lana 13/01/2018 (00:57)

      It’s so unique, definitely worth a visit. They do offer some vegetarian options eg veggie maki rolls, harumaki and ramen 🙂

  • Laura 19/12/2017 (14:35)

    Oh wow I love the interior of this place, what a stunning venue for a delicious meal! We love veggie sushi in our house! Would love to visit here

    Laura x

    • Lana
      Lana 19/12/2017 (16:36)

      You’ll love the starters here! Super tasty! 🙂

  • Hannah 19/12/2017 (13:20)

    That burger is mouthwatering indeed! 😀 I love the interior decor and it’s amazing that they have a variety of choices! 🙂 Great review! 🙂

    • Lana
      Lana 19/12/2017 (13:56)

      The maki roll starters were yummy too! Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  • Keith E Ashwood 19/12/2017 (13:18)

    I have not had chicken katsu burger in years. Wow, I want one now!

    • Lana
      Lana 19/12/2017 (13:55)

      That chicken katsu burger was so good! 🙂

  • Patty Hancock 18/12/2017 (20:02)

    I love the atmosphere, the deco and the way the food is presented. A very eclectic feel and I would love to visit!

    • Lana
      Lana 19/12/2017 (10:22)

      The decor is so quirky! Hope you get to visit one day! 🙂

  • Divya 12/12/2017 (10:28)

    Ah, this reminds me of my stay in London. Love this place.

    • Lana
      Lana 12/12/2017 (11:09)

      Thanks for the lovely comment! 🙂

  • Erika Ravnsborg 12/12/2017 (02:01)

    That food looks awesome but I love the décor! It’s amazing

    • Lana
      Lana 12/12/2017 (11:08)

      The decor is so quirky – so vibrant and colourful! 🙂

  • Yvette Douglas 09/12/2017 (13:04)

    Love the quirky look of this restaurant and the food looks very inviting! Something for everyone!

    • Lana
      Lana 09/12/2017 (15:27)

      You have to try the chicken katsu burger! Mmmmmm!

  • Laura Brawn 05/12/2017 (22:09)

    This has made me so hungry. I want the chicken katsu burger. Will have to stick this place on the list when working in London!!!

    • Lana
      Lana 06/12/2017 (10:30)

      I really enjoyed the chicken katsu burger. Definitely try it 🙂

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