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“At least we didn't get sick ...”

Ichibankan Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #1,966 of 3,808 Restaurants in Vancouver
Cuisines: Japanese
Neighborhood: Robson Street
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Robson Street
Irvine, CA
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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“At least we didn't get sick ...”
Reviewed July 23, 2009

My wife and tried this place because I thought I had read good things about it. Bad mistake!

The restaurant is conveniently located on Thurlow Street just off Robson Street. That is the best I can say about it, although as noted above we did not get sick.

The restaurant is down a flight of stairs, after which you enter a rather dark, non descript (decrepid?) room with the sorriest little sushi bar I have ever seen. The room does have some windows which allow in street light, but there is NO atmosphere whatsoever.

The menu is large and varied, and to be honest the prices are very reasonable ... if only the food were good. All of the sushi offerings we tried we tired and flat ... no sickening but absolutely not fresh and sparkling.

The service was rushed bordering on rude. At the end I questioned the bill because of the inclusion of a 12% add on that was not well-described. It turns out that this is a "service charge" which is automatically added to your bill. That would be fine if it were noted on the menu, but it was not. If you are not careful you can therefore easily double up on the gratuity.

We were happy to get out of here and go somewhere else for dessert to get the taste out of our mouths.

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“This used to be some of...”
Reviewed April 19, 2008

This used to be some of the best sushi in the city. Nearly transcendent. Then the owners sold it. Since then it has plummeted in quality and service. Avoid it if you're downtown, go to Tanpopo or Kami Royale which has really up'd it's game.

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“Used to be a favorite... all downhill since the ownership change and removal of the floating sushi bar a few years ago.”
Reviewed March 7, 2008

Used to be a favorite... all downhill since the ownership change and removal of the floating sushi bar a few years ago.

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“Not as fun as when it was Kai-ten sushi (rotating bar).”
Reviewed February 2, 2008

Not as fun as when it was Kai-ten sushi (rotating bar).

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“The last time I was there, they got rid of the sushi belt. Bad move...no reason to go back there. :(”
Reviewed January 1, 2008

The last time I was there, they got rid of the sushi belt. Bad move...no reason to go back there. :(

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