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“Wonderful Sushi and Authentic Japanese Cuisine”
Review of Ichiban

Ichiban
Ranked #22 of 114 Restaurants in Somerset
Cuisines: Japanese
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

GREAT find I discovered while traveling on weekend business at the Garden State Expo Center (with a friend to help). OK here's the deal: I've been eating sushi for 45 years, so you could say I'm a sushi buff, plus I enjoy other authentic Japanese dishes. They had wonderful oshitashi and hijiki, which you don't find in many Japanese restaurants. Oshitashi is a cold steamed spinach salad with bonito flakes and a light soy sauce, rice wine vinegar dressing. It was the best I've ever had. The spinach still had texture and was spot-on. Hijiki is a dark seaweed salad, usually a little sweet. I loved it. Portions were generous. Then came the sushi. Fresh, delicious and nicely presented. We got into a conversation with our super waitress, Christine, who was very knowledgeable about Japanese food and its authenticity. Even though we didn't order from the hot menu, the aromas emanating from the kitchen were wonderful...and just right! My comment to my travel buddy was, "This is a place where I'd like to return often and eat my way through the menu."

BTW, we ate there on Saturday night. Went back on Sunday. (That should tell you something!) Restaurant was in a strip mall that is nearly empty on weekends, being in the middle of corporate buildings on a side street. Weekends have a very good 1/2 price sushi menu, which we did on Sunday (doesn't apply with the Restaurants.com coupon we used on Sat. night, so we ordered fancy sushi rolls). Christine recommends their nabeyaki udon, which I'll try next time.

Pleasant atmosphere, not overly fancy. Caters to a week-day business crowd. LOVED the Hello Kitty hangings at the back of the restaurant. Five stars to their restroom, too. Very clean.

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Reviewed July 19, 2012

High quality sushi and other japanese dishes available at a neighborhood restaurant

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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Good selection of sushi--and good entrees for those who don't like sushi so much. All our party of 5 enjoyed their meals. The fun tempura ice creams are good, too.

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Reviewed November 1, 2011

The pork gyros (dumplings) were very tasty. Also had the oriental pancake with chicken curry sauce - liked it as well. The spicy girl special roll was very good. However, we recommend skipping the name-sake 'Ichiban' roll. It has too much filler (rice and soybean paper), making it very heavy to eat. The yellowtail roll was good. Very attentive service.

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Thank Morgan2010
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Reviewed October 1, 2013
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