Live seafood and Japanese specialties at Ichiba (GMA News Online)

Start your meal with appetizers like gyoza and chicken karaage

(This was published in GMA News Online last April 27, 2016)

I never got over Japan ever since my first travel experience there. Its cuisine especially made an impact on me, and some of its iconic dishes have become my favorite comfort foods. Ramen, anyone? Even when I got back home, I would have food trips with my hubby who is also very fond of this cuisine.

It’s nice that we have a plethora of choices for all things Japanese, especially now with the opening of Ichiba Japanese Market, a hybrid of restaurant and market, the first of its kind in the country.

An all-in-one restaurant and market 

For some reason, I had an impression that the establishment was an international franchise, but was pleasantly surprised to know that it is a homegrown brand.

“Ichiba means market—there are a lot of famous markets in Japan. There’s Tsukiji Market, Kuromon Market, and other markets in Hokkaido and more. That was the inspiration,” shared Bryan Tiu, CEO and president of Ichiba and iFoods.

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