My dining partner and I have walked down those steps on several different occasions, once when it was Cafe Alma and twice again as Ichicoro Ane. On both visits to Ichicoro Ane, once with friends and again with just we two, reservations had been made in advance for seating in the main dining room as opposed to the ramen room. Seating is a bit more comfortable in the main dining area with chairs, though unpadded, that had backs. For us, this is more conducive to relaxed dining.
The decor of the interior does not inspire peaceful contemplation. I am more reminded of a orange shipping crate. There is interesting art work scattered about, but the feeling is that we walked into an industrial disco with blaring music bouncing off of hard surfaces which made hearing our server and engaging in conversation difficult. We had asked if the dBs could be dialed back a bit and were told this was not as loud as usual.
On this visit I was intrigued by the brothless Shellfish Soba Ramen with shrimp, crab and calamari accented with shreds of (I think) wakame and sliced green onions. This dish had the taste and aroma of the sea, and I mean that in a good way. I've had the soupy ramen many times so on this visit I wanted to get away from the mundane and this bowl was a pleasant change.
The big surprise of the night was dessert. I don't normally order dessert and I didn't this time, but the server apparently took my dining partner's order as a double order. I was going to send it back until I saw this Hawaiian delight, Halo Halo with a small carafe of rum. I had seen this treat on a cooking or travel channel program and was thrilled to give it a try.
I would go back to Ichicoro for that halo halo alone ... after the weather warms up ... probably in May. All food and beverage for two came to a pleasing $100 or so before gratuity. Ichicoro Ane is a worthwhile dining destination.