Address: 2334 S King St STE C, 2nd floor, Honolulu, HI 96826, United States
I went into Ichifuji not really knowing what to expect, as I only found it scrolling through Yelp with some really good reviews. I was surprised to see that they had reservations available on such short notice, as most popular restaurants in Hawaii tend to be busy nowadays unless you book far out in advance.
When I was doing some quick research online for Ichifuji, I saw that they had a pre-fixe menu, so I assumed that it was going to be a bunch of different dishes (I also saw they served nabe, so assumed that would come out at the end). Once I got to the restaurant though, I realized that almost everything on the menu was ingredients to put into nabe, which I thought was very interesting.
The nabe at Ichifuji is an oxtail broth, which is something I have not tried before. However, it was super delicious and one of the best broths I have had before. Also, all of the meats were super fresh and tasty (the course I ordered had beef tongue, wagyu, kurobuta pork, king crab, etc.).
There were also a couple of side dishes that you don’t put in the nabe, and these were great as well. One of the appetizers was Botan shrimp with uni on a brioche, and this was one of my favorite dishes of the night; since I ordered the special pre-fixe, it also came with miso butter lobster that was definitely worth trying! Overall, Ichifuji was a great experience and I would definitely go back another time (it is Japan quality food in Hawaii!).
Ichifuji Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for