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“Craving for Japanese food? Ichi Ban is not the place.” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ichi Ban Japanese Steak House

Ichi Ban Japanese Steak House
Ranked #181 of 1,625 Restaurants in Winnipeg
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Downtown Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Canada
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Craving for Japanese food? Ichi Ban is not the place.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were celebrating a couple of birthdays a couple of months ago so one of my siblings decided to go to this place. I've always liked Japanese food and I was curious to see if the place has changed since the last time I went which was several years ago. Being a weekend, the place was busy and very noisy. We were seated so close to each other around the tepanyaki grill that I thought I should be careful with my plate. Surprisingly, all five of us went for the Teriyaki Scallop and Shrimp combination and waited for it with great anticipation. As a starter we were given what was supposed to be miso soup that tasted like lukewarm water with salt. When dinner was cooked, it was salty, flat and without the expected teriyaki flavor; even the fried rice didn't taste much. The chef tried hard to entertain which was commendable but for me you couldn't cover a tasteless entree with knife-wielding antics. If you're in the business of food, taste is paramount. I've been to a few small Japanese eateries in town where the food is authentic and the price reasonable. The only saving grace is the ice cream that came for dessert. You guessed it; I won't be returning this place any time soon.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Unsatisfiedcustomer2
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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18 reviews
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“Great evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014

4 of us went for dinner. We enjoyed the meal, the chef, the atmosphere. It was a great evening with great friends.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jeannie S
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Winnipeg, Canada
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407 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“Excellent! Entertaining! Tasty!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

I've been here twice and love the show they put on while preparing the meal. They're extra friendly and the food is superb!!
If you park under the delta hotel you can bring up your parking ticket and they will stamp it so you don't have to pay for parking. It's especially handy if the weather is bad. You simply go upstairs from the parkade and you're good to go.

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Thank Megan L
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Winnipeg
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Noisy Friday night”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

We were celebrating a couple of birthdays and were a table of 8. It was a tight squeeze around the tepanyaki grill, even though 2 youngsters were part of the group. Our group had combination menus, including lobster. This is not the best way to have lobster...overcooked. The scallops, shrimp, filet and chicken were much better. The kids were impressed with the show, but not the meal. The soup, the cucumber salad and the stirfry did not go over well with them. The $18/ child was a waste since they only ate the rice, a bit of chicken and a scoop of ice cream. This was a poor choice of restaurant for the kids. The adults liked their meals and the ambiance until the tables started filling up. The noise level became unpleasant with all the banging for the saki shots. We probably won't be back. Also, it's time for a washroom makeover--this one is reminiscent of a 1* diner. It looks like it hasn't been improved in 40 years.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank maria o
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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60 reviews
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“Consistently Falls Short”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014

You know there is something wrong when a restaurant a block away from the MTS Centre is nearly empty on a night when the Jets are playing. There was no one in the teppanyaki section and only a handful of people in the sushi section. We've tried this place a number of times and they also seem to come up short. The atmosphere is relaxing and romantic. The service is always friendly but not always attentive. On our last visit we had to ask for a fork twice and eventually persuaded another server to bring us one. The sushi is very good but there is better to be found in several places in the downtown area. The soya sauce served with the sushi and the dipping sauce for tempura were both unpleasantly salty and overpowered the flavour of the food. On other occasions we've tried the teppanyaki service. It is entertaining but the finished product is mediocre. Astonishingly, the bar service is hit and miss. On one occasion I ordered a gin martini before dinner and the bartender made it with sweet vermouth. When I pointed out the error the bartender and manager had no idea what I was talking about. This place has great potential and a few bright spots. But it should be booming given this great location.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Colin52
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