40, AnHe Road, Sec. 2
Hours: Mon~Sun 6 pm-3 am
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
---By Yan Chen Translated
by Sho Huang
Eighteen months ago, three young
men opened Ichi, based on their love of sake.
Ichi, which means "one" in Japanese,
stands for their first restaurant as well as their
number-one quality sake. Following the tradition
of Japanese sake houses, Ichi aims to provide
a place for friends to have a drink and chill
after a long, busy day in Taipei. When visiting
this place the first time, I was deeply attracted
to its decor, with black-and-white stripes on
both the walls and wooden hangings, with big bright
red lanterns shining down, totally giving off
a zen-like atmosphere.
If you're a sake lover, you definitely
don't want to miss out on Ichi, which proudly
presents more than 40 kinds of sake. The price
range is broad and varies according to liquor
quality. A cup of sake (300ml) can cost between
NT$400 to NT$700, while a pot is from NT$1,500
to NT$3,600. Over 10 types of heated sake are
also available, warming your body and spirits.
However, you're making a mistake
if you only order sake here, as a variety of cocktails,
whiskies, champagnes, red and white wines and
beers are served as well. A must-try are the sake
cocktails, such as Sakepolitan, which is a kind
of Japanese-style Cosmopolitan. Another offered
Sakura plum wine is a combination of sake, sweet
fragrant passion fruit and fresh plums. Sugar
on the rim of the glass especially helps to bring
out these flavors.
The food menu is equally impressive.
The most popular dish, Fillet Fruit Sauce (NT$300),
features a medium-done steak medium sprinkled
with fruit sauce. One bite gives you the flavors
of fresh beef and sweet fruit. Another NT$380
dish is a combination of raw sea urchin, salmon
eggs and cheese salad, with fresh lettuce helping
to diffuse the pungent sea urchin and salmon egg
Between its excellent sake selection,
other drinks and great cuisine, Ichi is clearly
something for someone looking for an alternative
to the usual nightspot.