Posted on | November 3, 2008 | No Comments
Ichiza is one of two good Izakaya’s we’ve been to in Vegas, the other being Raku (see earlier review). Ichiza has an enormous menu, most of which is posted on the walls of the restaurant, some not in English. The place itself is not very large, seating around 50 people (I’ll do a count the next time I’m there!). It’s usually packed, so expect a loud, somewhat hectic atmosphere unless you arrive early. Even if you’re at a small table in the corner, as I was with a friend earlier this year, we felt really rushed, probably because there were 10 or so people waiting for us to hurry and leave! The place appears to get more and more crowded as the night goes on, and it’s open until 3AM. The crowd has been mostly younger Asians when we’ve gone. The last time we went here we sat on one of the benches at the bar, which was fun since it allowed us to watch the goings on in the kitchen. And there’s a lot going on!
We first went to Ichiza when my parents were in town last year, and ordered an assortment of plates. There is a HUGE assortment of menu items, from sushi to ramen to izakaya dishes, and pretty much everything in between! There’s a nice assortment of sakes and beers on tap as well. I remember really liking the cold noodle dish and the yakitori. There are definitely items for adventurous eaters as well, from squid to organ meats to natto, it’s just about all there! Although it might sound boring, I have to say my favorite menu item here is the honey toast, as pictured above (in case you were wondering what in the heck that was!) Basically it’s a half loaf of Japanese bread with the middle cut and pressed down, doused with butter, toasted, with vanilla ice cream added and honey drizzled over the entire thing. It sounds simple but it is one of my absolute favorite desserts, and we come here just to get this! Just don’t try to eat the whole thing yourself, unless you are REALLY hungry!
4355 Spring Mountain Road Suite 205, Las Vegas, NV