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Ichiba

Restaurants, Japanese Shepherd’s Bush
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Ichiba
Venue says Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are currently closed. For Japanese groceries, you can shop online 24/7 japancentre.com See you soon.

Time Out says

A 200-capacity Japanese food hall at Westfield White City. Expect noodle stations, a sake bar complete with a 'sake sommelier', as well as open kitchens where you can watch chefs at work.

Ichiba says
Inside Europe’s largest Japanese food hall you’ll find a range of Japanese food ranging from essential kitchen ingredients to inspire your cooking home to all time favourites to modern twists on the classics. Try our tempting takoyaki, sensational sashimi & sushi, next level noodles and much more.

At Ichiba you’ll find a wide range of Japanese street food, baked goods and drinks ranging from the traditional to modern. Whether you’re on the hunt for breakfast, lunch, dinner or something in between, we’ve got the perfect meal for you!

Ichiba is the first joint venture between the Japan Centre Group (the team behind iconic brands Japan Centre, Shoryu Ramen and Sakagura) and Cool Japan Fund, a public-private fund, part owned by the Japanese government which helps support businesses to promote Japanese products, food and culture overseas. The fund’s partnerships with local and artisan suppliers across Japan will allow Ichiba to offer authentic products and rare regional produce from some of the best producers and farmers exclusively to the UK. Alongside partners, Kikkoman and Gekkeikan, well known Japanese brands of soy sauce and sake, Ichiba will be a destination where you can truly taste Japan.

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Details

Address: Unit 0220,
Westfield White City
Relay Square, Westfield London
London
W12 7HB
Transport: Tube: White City
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Opening hours: Monday 10am - 10pm (9pm) Tuesday 10am - 10pm (9pm) Wednesday 10am - 10pm (9pm) Thursday 10am - 10pm (9pm) Friday 10am - 10pm (9pm) Saturday 10am - 10pm (9pm) Sunday 12pm - 8pm (7pm)
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Users say (4)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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Tastemaker

PSA for all fans of Japanese food & culture looking to get a fix in the heart of London...Ichiba is exactly what you've been looking for. Fantastic dishes prepared freshly to order and in front of you thanks to the glass-fronted kitchens that line the edge of the dining area, an enormous selection of food to take away with you ranging from groceries & bakery to meat & fish, sweets & snacks, drinks & household wares and the perfect place to while away an hour or two simply browsing shelves full of things you didn't even know existed but you now know you need. 


I love the fact that it's there as soon as you enter Westfield - you don't have to trek through the crowds to find it and whilst it's always busy, it's never uncomfortably rammed as it would be were it near one of the behemoth stores that sit at the heart of this mall. I'm sure most people pass it by which makes it even more of a hidden secret to find & love & share with those whose cupboards & stomachs you want to be full & happy.


Steamed buns are some of the best I've had in the capital; soft, fluffy, shiny & wrapped around char sui pork or halloumi, both liberally drizzled with crack-addictive Japanese mayo & spicy sauce, I had to be physically restrained from going to buy another while the remnants of the first were still smeared all over my happy cheeks. Noodle & rice bowls are equally delicious and great value for money with most hovering around the £10 mark for generous portions. Udon are slippery and perfectly paired with umami-rich broth, soft flakes of beef and wilted greens...rice is sticky & nutty, buried under mountains of spicy steak, crispy onions and crunchy salad leaves...honestly, go hungry and leave with your belt one notch looser than when you arrived. 


Despite London being one of the most diverse cities on the planet, it still feels like in a shopping centre where places like Leon & Byron still reign supreme, a Japanese dining experience isn't going to be for everyone...so make the most of it now, get in there and feast while you can because when the masses do figure it out, you'll be queuing for those buns and regretting you ever told anyone about Ichiba regardless of how much you like them.

tastemaker

As a fan of Japanese food, I love this place. It is a “Japanese food court” with bakery, sushi, and hot food sections. The bakery sells gluten free bread which tastes great. There is also a small Japanese snacks and bits and bops section with lots of cute stuffs. If you are after a Japanese meal whilst shopping in Westfield, this is the place!

Tastemaker

Heaven for Japanese food and culture lovers. Bigger than any of other Japan Centres in London, it provides a similar selection of groceries, but it also has a proper bakery and canteen. It even has a whole matcha and a Hello Kitti section! There’s a lot of gorgeous foods to try, but make sure you don’t come too late. We visited around 7.40pm and most of the hot food items were sold out. On the positive side, at that time you can find end-of-the-day offers on sushi and buns. Definitely worth a visit if you’re around.

Tastemaker

I know where to go if I ever need to do my Japanese groceries. Ichiba is a brand new space hidden in the corner of Westfield, Shepherd's Bush.


If I was to compare it to a British supermarket, it would be Waitrose. Inside, it's spacious, modern, clean, we all know a Japanese establishment to be. In addition to your grocery needs, you can also buy Japanese cookbooks, kitchenware, homeware-  you name it, Ichiba will have it.


But it's more to it. there's a bar where you can purchase elf on the counter and sip sake and also a little food market where you can slurp to your heart's content on authentic Japanese teppanyaki and ramen.


For any Japanesephile, this is a must-visit destination. It's a bit out of the way in Westfield Shepherd's Bush but it's well worth the journey. I'm definitely coming back here for my Japanese needs.