23, JingCheng 9th St, West Dist.
Hours: 11:30 am-8:30 pm
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.
The food vending machines so ubiquitous in Japanese budget restaurants have arrived in Taichung via Ichirin, whose strict product standards are part of its plan to become a chain restaurant. To introduce authentic Japanese ramen and rice dishes, the restaurant hired a Japanese chef with over 20 years of experience at a traditional high-end Japanese restaurant. Diners use Ichriin's unique coin-operated machines to order these items (NT$180-230).
--By Niang Chen, translated by Angel pu
A. The refreshing stock is made of chicken and bones, chicken claws various fruit and vegetables, and stewed over three hours. The savory Tokyo Ramen (NT$180) and refreshing Hakodate Ramen (NT$180) are both made with this stock.
B. The traditional Japanese garden-style decor blends white stones and wood to create a calm atmosphere.
Gyudon (beef rice, NT$70) includes a soup. This traditional family dish perfectly combines Australian sliced beef, rice, onions, and sweet and salty sauce. The delicious Half-Cooked Egg (NT$30) comes from free-range chickens.