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Mura Ichiban: Your all-night food shack

FINALLY, here’s a new destination in Garapan if you get hungry during the most unearthly hours of the night, or if you want to just hang out for a few drinks.

Lemon chicken

Fat rain drops dripping down the windshield of my buddy’s van put a stop to our driving around on Saturday evening to look for a place to have a late dinner. It was almost 10 p.m. and I knew that finding a restaurant would get harder when it hits 11 p.m.

A text message from a friend directed me to a newly opened place in Garapan which she said was open all night.
The bright lights of Mura Ichiban Restaurant and its yellow-orange-red painted posts and floors, green tables, and lanterns provided us with a cheerful welcome.

Mura Ichiban has no walls, which means if you’re looking for privacy or an intimate dinner, this is not the place for you.

A cheerful wait staff member handed us sheets of laminated menus. Not much of a noodles person, I skipped the first page and browsed the seafood section, and decided to try the restaurant’s deep fried fish with sweet and sour sauce for $10. I also ordered a serving of fried rice minced beef for $5.

My buddy ordered the fried chicken in lemon sauce for $7, a good choice as the vinegary flavor of the lemon sauce penetrated the fried chicken slices and was a pleasant contrast to the sweet and sour taste of my fried fish.

The fried rice was more on the oily side but the beef meat strips were tender.

One table was occupied by a group of Japanese tourists who were getting jollier and merrier as they emptied beer bottles but it all added to the cheery ambiance of the place.

Mura Ichiban Restaurant serves a wide selection of handmade noodles, udon noodles, and fried noodles for $5. You can check out their porridge for $4, cold dishes from $2 to $12, various soups from $7 to $12, hot pots, dim sum, rice dishes, vegetables and bean curd dishes, mouthwatering array of choices for seafood lovers including lobster, shrimp, fish, crabs, prawns, squid, mussels and more, as well as chicken and duck delights, and pork and beef dishes within the $7 to $12 range.

On a cold, rainy night you can sip a cup of hot tea for a dollar, or down your favorite beer, soft drinks, juices, wine, liquor and sake to pass the time.

Mura Ichiban Restaurant, located across from the Fiesta Resort & Spa, is perfect when you need a place to satisfy your hunger or quench your thirst.

And oh, by the way, on a rainy night, sit somewhere in the middle of the restaurant. Mura Ichiban Restaurant is open from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. All major credit cards are accepted.

This article was first published HERE .

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