Ichigo Ichie, Sydney Central St

 

Ratings
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $5 – $16
Main: $20 – $35
Dessert: $8.80
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Hard
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 

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One of those weeknights catch up dinner with my girlfriends again. We decided to give the new Japanese izakaya – Ichigo Ichie a try. It is secretly tucked into a laneway on Central Street opposite of George Street cinema. Although it was a chilly Thursday night, the friendly staffs made me felt warm and welcomed.

We took a few minute to enjoy the warm and stylish décor, I especially love their Japanese cherry blossom painting on the wall because it made me feel like I was really in Japan. We took a long time to decide what to order, as we were getting a bit over excited and started to talk louder and louder, I realised the sound of our voice bounces off the wooden ceiling and created some distraction to other customers. The waitress came to us with a big smile and offers her help in recommending some dishes and guidance of how many dishes we needed for two people.

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Medium rare Wagyu beef steak grade 7 (with creamy mashed potato and mixed salad leaves, Served with steak jus). $32.80

The fact that I have such a soft spot for beef, I am not talking about just ordinary beef, but Wagyu beef, so the medium rare Wagyu beef steak was highly on top of our list.

I have eaten a lot of wagyu beef before from different countries; Hong Kong, Japan, Australia but I can say this one in Ichigo Ichie is one of the best that I’ve tasted. It was so juicy and tender that it just melts in the mouth. But if I order this again I would request it to be medium cooked rather than medium rare. It wasn’t bloody but it was a bit too raw to chew. It also came with a small serve of creamy mashed potato, mixed salad and steak jus.

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Spider Roll (Tempura soft shell crab, curly lettuce, flying fish roe & avocado), $15.80

The presentation of the spider roll looks good, lots of sauce and colour which combines well. Soft shell crab is nice and crunchy, rice is of the texture of sushi should.

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Green tea ice-cream with Ariette (sesame sweet biscuit, red bean coulis), $8.80

And for those who would like something sweet at the end of their meal, there are two desserts to choose from. Not a lot of option but hard enough for me to pick one out of the two because green tea & black sesame ice-cream are both my favourite. But since I still got a tub of black sesame ice-cream from Serendipity at home so we opted for the green tea ice-cream with red bean.

It was lovely with the drizzles of condense milk over it, the sweet biscuits pieces pair well with the ice-cream and strawberries. I can have another serve of these.

Conclusion: The service was good, friendly. Ambience was somewhat made me feel like I was in Japan. Value, relatively expensive for a small portion.

 

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Address:

8 Central Street, Sydney
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:30 to 14:30, 17:00 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-8008-0600
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street/Pitt Street 
By train: Town Hall

Map picture

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Simon @ the heart of food
    May 17, 2011 @ 14:56:54

    Seems like the wagyu steak was prepared in a very non-Japanese fashion aside from perhaps the plating. Did it taste at all Japanese?

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  2. Jenny @ Musings and Morsels
    May 23, 2011 @ 09:58:23

    Nice post. How does this place compare to Wagaya? It’d be nice to have another option for decent Japanese late at night after a long day out – especially around Central for convenience sake.

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    • obesebaby
      May 23, 2011 @ 22:51:19

      Hey Jenny thanks for leaving comment here. I still like Wagaya better because I thought the computer screen is cool hehe This place is ok but just pricy and the portion is bit small

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  3. Steven
    Oct 08, 2011 @ 00:32:21

    Bought some voucher to this place a few months ago and it was the worst experience I had. The sushi was a joke. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. One of the worst sushi in Sydney for sure. The owner is chinese and it looks like he prepares the sushi as well.

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