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ICHIBAN

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El Born / La Ribera
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Carrer de les Jonqueres 1, Barcelona, Spain
932 684 581
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 10
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  • 12
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  • 11
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  • 5
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Skeptical at first but...

Found this place by accident when atending a concert at Palau de la musica catalana. Skeptic because a place that mixes argentinian steak with sushi and wok buffé is something that at least I think about twice. But the place is of course great! Arrived a bit early for being in Barcelona and but the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
bengtnitram
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Malmö
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Malmö
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81 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Found this place by accident when atending a concert at Palau de la musica catalana. Skeptic because a place that mixes argentinian steak with sushi and wok buffé is something that at least I think about twice. But the place is of course great! Arrived a bit early for being in Barcelona and but the staff was very friendly. The... More 

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Florence, Italy
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

If there was a god of the restaurants, he'd punish Ichiban for its sins! The restaurant was dirty, I saw a cucaracha that was exiting from a frigo in the middle of the central hall. Downstairs I unfortunately saw the state of the kitchen: simply shocking! The dishes were cold and sometimes they looked like old! Moreover, the staff threw... More 

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I get it, it's a buffet restaurant, and a cheap one at that. I am not a picky eater and I was not expecting haute cuisine, but there was really nothing worth your money there and I would have been better off going to the nearest Burger King. All the food was poor, made of bad quality stuff. Not even... More 

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3 Thank nobradors
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

I am not picky about the food, and 9€ for free buffet menu is a very friendly price, but this place is an insult for every euro coin you leave there. Unfriendly staff, dirty plates, dirty bathroom, sticky chairs. All of the grilled plates have the exactly same taste and are most likely marinated in burnt leftovers on the grill... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Great combination for those who want to eat meat and fish until you faint. Free Argentine barbecue buffet and freshly cooked fish and sushi done right on the spot. Buffet with side dishes of all kinds. Great location, in Via Laietana 2 just opposite from the Plaza Urquinaona, and great prices considering the amount of food.

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2 Thank isolagus
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

we didn't understand why it is labeled as Japanese/argentina, tbh that "fusion" label had put us off immediately. thank god we did try it. the buffet is great, lots of seafood nicely done and an average sashimi selection. the star is the raw food section. you choose what and how much raw food you want and the chef cook it... More 

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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Great rich buffet with huge amount of things to eat! And great sushi! Not expensive, so definitely worth of the money!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

We were visited this place as the ptrvious reviews tated it as 4.5 stars, but it was a huge disappointment. The sushi is very "average" like in cheap restaurants, the seafood prepared "on-the-plancha" is oversalted and not tasty at all. My wife tried the Argentinian beef which was a disappointment as well.

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Israel
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

Friendly and tastey Japanese-Argntinian buffet. The restaurant offers a rich buffet and also cooks from raw on demand. Had a good lunch there and recommend it.

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London, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We quite liked the look of this restaurant from the outside, advertising Japanese / Argentinian food. Once inside, it is clear that this just a buffet with a selection of Sushi, salads, seafood and fish, Chinese dishes, Spanish ham and bits and pieces... and a man at a hot plate who will cook what you have selected from the "raw... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Carrer de les Jonqueres 1, Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > El Born / La Ribera
  • Neighborhood: El Born / La Ribera
  • Phone Number: 932 684 581

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24 - 32
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Chinese, Argentinean, South American

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El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighborhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
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