Restaurant Review:

Ibn Battuta Mall

Everything about Japan fascinates us and we constantly look for places in Dubai that evoke fond memories of our trip to the country, especially those revolving around food. When we received an invite to try Ichikura out, we were in two minds; one that had us excited about the prospect of indulging in Japanese fare and the other got us slightly apprehensive about how authentic a food court restaurant could actually be. Tucked away between other restaurants at the new Ibn Battuta Metro link, Ichikura Ramen House as its name suggests serves a variety of different Ramen bowls on the menu in addition to other Japanese delicacies including Sushi rolls and Katsu dishes. 
Here’s everything we had at our tasting:

  • Agedashi Tofu: Crispy Fried Tofu In Savory Dashi Sauce
  • Karaage: Japanese Style Juicy Fried Chicken
  • Tebasaki: Japanese Style Buffalo Wings
  • Chicken Gyoza: Pan Fried Dumplings With A Dipping Sauce
  • Takoyaki: Crunchy Snack With Diced Octopus
  • Chicken Donburi: A Bowl Of Steamed Rice Topped With Spicy Grilled Chicken In Teriyaki Sauce
  • Japanese Curry Rice With Chicken Katsu, Panko Prawns, Calamari And Crispy Vegetables
  • Kani Maki: Crab Stick, Lettuce And Creamy Mayo Rolled In Soya Wrapper
  • Hokkaido Miso Ramen: Noodles In Thick And Nutty Miso Broth Topped With Chicken Chasu
  • Kumamoto Garlic Ramen: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup With Roasted Garlic Oil
We had two different versions of their ample bowls of broth and noodles, the Hokkaido Miso Ramen and the Kumamoto Garlic Ramen. While the former had the goodness of Miso soup, a drink we had lots of during our winter trip to Tokyo, the latter was a flavorful treat that made for some perfect comfort food especially since one of us was slightly under the weather on the day. Nothing like some good old soup to make one feel better! The Tebasaki and the Takoyaki were our favorites amongst the appetizers while Stamps and Stubs’ Katsu enthusiast had a field day indulging in the Katsu dishes on our table which were quite flavorsome. The gyoza and the Karaage weren’t the best we’ve had but were decent on the whole.  
A quick glance at the menu told us that there are quite a few options for vegetarians too. Obviously, one shouldn’t go to Ichikura expecting an ambiance or fine-dining setting but you can leave all your reservations about “Japanese dining in a food court” because the restaurant more than makes up for its location with some great food!