Hirome Ichiba

Hirome Ichiba, Kochi: Hours, Address, Hirome Ichiba Reviews: 4/5

Hirome Ichiba
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Speciality & Gift Shops • Flea & Street Markets • Farmers Markets
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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donavan94563
Orinda, CA143 contributions
Family
After visiting the castle, we had lunch at Hirome Ichiba which is located next to the entrance back into Obiyamachi Ichibangai Shopping Street. Just look out for the large maneki-neko (fortune cat) sign. In Japanese, Hirome Ichica is ひろめ市場.

The market is food court style with a variety of food vendors serving ramen, yakatori, katsu and fish. The market is packed with locals and the vibe is great. Not a lot of english speakers (except for the tourist), however, the local vendors are really nice and will point and gesture. Grab a spot on one of the many shared tables.

We came here to eat the local specialty of seared bonito tuna (katsuo-tataki). One of the central stalls specializes in Katsuo tataki and can be easily identified by the high flame grill and long lines.

Katsuo tataki can be seared on a gas stove yet Kochi resident prefer it warayaki which means grilled over a straw fire. Fillets of bonito are wrapped in straw and cooked over coal fire so the outside is slightly charred and inside is still raw and tender. The short and intense burst of flames create a lightly burn crisp outside where most of the fat is located. Unlike other kinds of sashimi, the fish is sliced vertically into thick pieces instead of the traditional angled pulling motion. Served with rock salt, the amazing smoky flavour is best washed down with draft beer. Free cold tea is also available.
Written July 31, 2016
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900nippon
Tokyo, Japan521 contributions
Friends
You can enjoy local foods and the atmosphere. The restaurant is self service. It may be difficult to eat in the cafeteria without japanese.
Written December 10, 2017
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Minxdragon
Melbourne, Australia91 contributions
The quality of food is unbelievable, so fresh and well made, sit with a group and make some new friends in this lovely communal setting. Do keep an eye out for the flags because it can be easy to miss! A wonderful stop near the castle for lunch and a drink.
Written November 13, 2019
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ToffeeMike
Upton, UK113 contributions
Family
The seared tuna from the market with a cold beer was amazing. One of the nicest taste experiences I have had. Highly recommended.
Written September 26, 2019
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norman w
Takamatsu, Japan158 contributions
Friends
This is a great place to go for eats in Kochi. Fun and a great chance to meet some locals and drink. Highly recommended. Try the Shio Tataki.
Written February 17, 2019
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Dushi-NY
NY, NY6,486 contributions
Friends
This was a cruise ship port day which meant that no matter what time we appeared, this market/food hall was bound to be busy. We noticed a number of the cruise ship staff having lunch here as well.

The regional specialty is the charred tuna and sweet potato fries. There are many sushi, sashimi, yakitori, fried food and noodle options as well. We decided to order from several food stalls and sharing the food so that we can sample as many dishes as possible. The prices were reasonable.

The problem was finding an available seat. There is one main communal seating area, and several smaller sections scattered throughout that customers use once they purchase their food. As soon as it appeared as if someone was finishing up their meal, you had to rush over and stand nearby to unofficially "claim" that seat. A few of the larger restaurants had their own dining areas staffed by waiters/waitresses.

Pre-packages foods, grocery stores and souvenir shops can also be found inside the market. Most of the vendors seemed friendly, a few were a bit surly, possible due to the crowds that can result from having a cruise ship in port.

This is a lively food court/market with plenty of photo and dining possibilities.
Written June 10, 2018
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PMorisawa
Copenhagen, Denmark13 contributions
Family
Hirome Ichi is a local food court downtown Kochi City. This is a place where local tosa-Jin eats. The atmosphere is great and you can find lots of local dishes and produce. I can warmly recommend the gyoza, the smoked Bonito (Katsuo Tataki) and the yuzu juice. Only minus with the food court is that smoking is allowed.
Written May 21, 2018
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DYA717
Honolulu9,267 contributions
Solo
It is on one end of the Obiyamachi shopping arcade and a short walk from the train station. It seems to specialize in seafood dishes. A lot of food stalls clustered in mini-courts with tables in the middle area. It gets really crowded. Interesting, exciting, lively atmosphere. I had a gyoza and beer set and enjoyed my little lunch snack there.
Written April 10, 2018
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Peeceecee
Skipton, UK1,058 contributions
Couples
We ended up in this food court after wandering through Hirome market. It all looked very authentic with stands selling a variety of local foods. everyone sits at communal tables in the centre of the area and at the time of our visit it was a heaving mass of humanity so we decided to move on and find a restaurant where we could have a more relaxed dining experience. We did not try any of the food but our overall impression was that it was cheap and cheerful.
Written May 7, 2017
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Mariko_YM
Osaka, Japan24 contributions
Friends
This is like a food court with old style atmosphere. There are large tables in the middle that are shared by all people, and in the evening it is busy. Maybe some people feeling strange to sit with other people, but me and my friend were welcomed to sit with at table with a small group of elderly people. After 5 minutes, we were all talking together warmly and very friendly to us (my friend is British, I am Japanese).

The food sellers has many variety, and you can find all Kochi specialty, like katsuo-tataki (seared bonito tuna) and even whale (but we did not try whale). But many place menu is not in English. However, staff people try to say what food is in English to my friend, and they all are very welcoming.
Written May 2, 2017
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