Review: Tokyo Ichiban

by gigi on October 15, 2007

Jenkins and I went to Tokyo Ichiban one day for an all-you-can-eat lunch. It’s been a while since we were last there so we decided to check it out. The all-you-can-eat is a pretty good deal at $10.95 pp on weekends…compared to the lunch boxes which range from $8-15, I believe. Tokyo Ichiban is near Lansdowne Mall in Richmond (3380 Lansdowne Rd).

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I really like the green salad here. I think it is mostly because of the dressing they use, which appears to be some type of minced carrot and vinegar mixture.

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The California and Dynamite rolls weren’t too bad, especially when you consider we were at an all-you-can-eat place. There also was not too much rice in the rolls, which was nice.

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The lunch all-you-can-eat limits you to two orders of sashimi per person. Jenkins is not a big sashimi fan so I always get to eat his share. :) I thought the tuna was quite good…not frozen, which is what I sometimes encounter at some restaurants.

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We also had some nigiri sushi. I found the sushi and tuna pieces to be on the thin side.

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I really like the agedashi tofu here. The batter is not too thick and the dashi broth tastes delicious with the tofu and bonito flakes.

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We also had a couple of fried items. :) First was the deep-fried smelt. These small fish can be eaten whole…bones and all! The batter was light and the smelt was very tasty. The orange coloured bundles in the picture are kani (imitation crab) and salmon in tempura batter. I can’t remember what these were called, but Jenkins always orders it each time we come here.

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The yakitori looked a bit sad on the plate by itself but it was nicely grilled and actually tasted pretty good.

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The gyoza was crunchy on the outside but we found the inside to be too mushy.

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Chicken teriyaki is always an all-you-can-eat staple for us. The chicken was crispy on the outside, but I found there to be too much sauce for my liking.

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We like to eat our chicken teriyaki with yakisoba. The noodles helped to soak up some of the sauce…but we found that there were more veggies in this dish than noodles! :)

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I love eating temaki cones but only eat them at all-you-can-eat places because they are so expensive when you order them individually. :) We had the negitoro (chopped tuna with green onions) and chopped scallop cones. Both cones were very generous with the filling.

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The oyster motoyaki is normally very good here but I found the oyster to be overcooked. Even the sauce did not have the flavour it normally has.

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Jenkins liked the BBQ salmon head. I didn’t have any though because I was starting to get full and I was too lazy to pick out the meat from the bones. :)

In all, the lunch was not bad. The reason we had not been here for a while was because the service is very slow. In a way, that kind of works for all-you-can-eat though because it prevents you from overeating and you pace yourself. :)

Details:
170 -3380 Lansdowne Rd, Richmond
Tel: 604-279-8802

Summary:
Food: [rating:3]
Service: [rating:2.5]
Price: $

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