A Japanese Grocery with a Twist: One World Market

One World Market Facade

Rating: Two Piggies
Cuisine: Asian (Japanese)
Dress: Casual
Average Price of an Entrée: $10.00
Children Friendly? Yes

Where to begin? One World Market is kind of a misnomer. If you were looking for a truly international market you’d think that One World Market would be the place, right? Wrong! One World Market is a Japanese grocery with a food bar attached. As a matter of fact, the whole area behind the counter and fish cooler is a kitchen and they serve around 40 standard dishes and a daily special.

Menu at One World Market    The Kitchen    Another View of the Kitchen

On this review I went completely solo. Jeff doesn’t really care for raw fish and as Japanese food doesn’t really lend itself to a low carbohydrate diet, Jeff decided he was better off working at his regular job as an Archaeologist.

Fortunately for One World Market I had to visit the place twice due to the fact that on my first visit the photos I took with my camera phone were complete crap. So armed with my trusty Nikon I went back, had another meal, and took some more photos. My second meal there was much better than the first and changed my overall rating. I’ll explain further in the Food section of our review.

Ambiance

There really is none, I mean it’s a grocery store right? If I looked around and listened to the different languages being spoken, I could possibly imagine myself in a food kiosk somewhere in Japan. Other than that; however, the place is strictly business and has more of an industrial cafeteria feel than any thing else.

Shelves of Japanese Food    Even More Shelves of Japanese Food    Coolers of Japanese Food    Even More Coolers of Japanese Food

Service

The place is strictly self service outside of the food preparation. You order, pay, and pick up your food at the counter. Then it is up to you to find a seat, get your silverware, and clean up after yourself.

Cleanliness

Even with this self service feature, the grocery and eating areas were neat and clean. The kitchen, which is visible from the counter, was also very clean. One word of caution; however, I could not find a public bathroom in the place.

Food

My first time visiting the Old World Market, I had the Sushi special platter and an order of Spicy Tuna Roll. Unfortunately, there are no photos due to my crappy photo taking. Overall the food was fresh, although the avocado in the rolls was showing the signs of darkening due to oxidation. The sushi was fresh, but I didn’t find it anything special and based on this meal I was going to award One World Market a single piggy.

My Meal at One World MarketOn my second visit, I did something just a bit different and ordered the daily special. This consisted of a single Shrimp Tempura (although because of the size, I suspect it was a prawn, not that I am complaining. I love prawns!) served with Udon noodles in a wonderful tasting dashi garnished with scallions and a slice of kamaboko . There was a mini Tekka Don served with the special as well. This dish was a kind of salad, made with a combination of red tuna both as a hash and sashimi pieces and served with sour rice and sweet mushrooms. On this occasion I was blown away by the food! I’ve had many a bowl of Udon noodles and these were great! I had never had Tekka Don before, but I cannot imagine it could have been any better made. If I were to base my review on this last meal alone, the One World Market would receive three piggies!

The Juicy Bits

So here it is, I made two trips to One World Market and I had a great lunch and a mediocre one. Take from that what you will. Personally, I will be ordering the daily special from now on. I’m not sure One World Market would be the best place to take someone on a romantic date, but personally I would be tempted to take a first date here just before a movie because it would be a great way to learn more about her. I’d be up for lunch here just about anytime though.

In summary: Order one of the daily specials, it will be an adventure but you’ll probably wind up delighted.

One World Market
8466 Castleton Corner Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Tel: (317) 842-3442
Website: https://plus.google.com/117872939010304997862/about?gl=us&hl=en
Hours: Monday – Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.), Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

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One Response to A Japanese Grocery with a Twist: One World Market

  1. Mika says:

    one world market remodeled a little while ago, so theyve actually expanded a bit! The dine in area is a bit bigger too.

    P.s. they do have a bathroom! Its at the back of the store. It used to be unisex bathroom, but now they have one for females, and one for males.

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