Ichicoro ANE is the second iteration of the original Seminole Heights Ichicoro. As the second location is much bigger than the original, it's only appropriate that it's called ANE, which translates into "big sister" in Japanese. Ichicoro ANE is located on the first floor of the Station House in St. Petersburg. It's one of the first floors that you take a staircase down to, which makes it feel a bit like a secret hot spot.
Upon walking in, the first thing you may notice is the vibrant Japanese mural on the walls. This leads you into the dining room, which is furnished with minimalist wooden chairs, tables, and dividers. The room has a modern, but distinctively Japanese feel. Although it's one restaurant, you have two dining options: the main room or the ramen shop. If you're looking to try a variety of dishes, check out the main room.
This menu has the more diverse options, which are split into four sections. The first is bao, kushiyaki, and yakitori, which includes buns and skewers. The second section is Niku (meat) and the third is Sakana (Fish). Finally, the last section Yasai & Kakigori includes vegetables and shaved ice desserts. Don't worry if that sounds like a lot, the dishes are meant to be shared family-style. That way you can have a little bit of everything.
Fan favorites on this menu include the pork belly buns, smokey yucca korroge, karaage, and okonomiyake. While the food is flavorful and delicious, the drinks are not to be overshadowed here. Each cocktail is named after Final Fantasy characters, which ties into the playful cartoon murals in the space. If you're looking for something new, try the Black Mage, which is made with activated charcoal.
Cover image from @ichicoroya on Instagram.