CHECK OTHER REVIEWS FOR THIS PLACE:
Ichiban Cuisine: The Metn Welcomes a Decent Japanese Restaurant (Restaurant Closed)
Ichiban: Sushi Rolls with a Lebanese Inspiration
A New Concept: Rice Free Sushi Rolls at Ichiban (Discontinued)
Ichiban Sushi Cuisine, Beirut (First Review Back in 2012)
Ichiban Express Delivery: Professional Packaging, Good Food
A Quick Bite on the Go at Ichiban: Enjoying a Sushi Burrito at the Trendy Mtayleb Location
Ichiban: Sushi on the Zalka Highway
Ichiban Cuisine, Now in Dbayeh's Blueberry Square (Restaurant Closed)
I was one of the first Ichiban customers since I had the chance to take pictures of the complete menu couple of years ago.
More than six years later and couple of branches added to its portfolio, Ichiban is still one of my favorites.
The Ichiban wraps are just the best: Choose from: Deep crab, mixed ichiban, grilled ichiban, chef touch, salmon & stripes, tora tora, alaska, hot & spices, black belt, tropical aloha, exotic to name a few. On another hand the other Makis are as delicious and tasty as the wraps.
The choices: California sesame, california crispy, crazy crispy, crazy california, volcano, philadelphia, naked, crispy salmon, crispy spicy salmon, crispy spicy shrimp, crazy special and many others.
On the huge and colorful menu you can find as well: Beirut tokyo, edamame, di pesto, rising sun, yellow kimono, kamikaze, foie gras, crunchy salmon, tarama, spicy mango, unagi crown, harakiri, double shrimp, mexico, butter fish maki, zucchini scallops, sweet duo, saw, Paris, fried crab, bombay, crazy naked, dynamite spicy extreme, crazy shrimp, sea drop, mystery, snow, green samurai and the famous salmon robe. Even tough the menu is so diversified you won't know where to start, all of this can not be appreciated without the mouthwatering tastiest marinated salmon in Lebanon, served in a perfectly shaped ice container soaked in its signature sauce.
The tastes and flavors are really unique. None in Lebanon could until now imitate their special mixes. Mixes from all the cuisines of the world perfectly combined in every single wrap. Baby fish, taratour, foie gras, black sesame, jalapeño, zucchini, boursin poivre, caramelized nuts, chicken, curry chicken, chilli sauce, black caviar are some of the funky ingredients none had the courage to integrate into the sushi cuisine before.
A journey that activates all your senses with every bite.
Urgent changes in the place:
- I think there should be more light around the restaurant
- Print out new menus, after 6 years the menus have endured a lot
Try it, you won't regret it. Ichiban is the affordable place of the perfect taste.
On my last visit, I was served the new Salmon arrivals from Ichiban directly from Scotland. A smoked salmon fresh or frozen directly imported from the United Kingdom. That is to die for. No other quality around town can compete or come close to what Ichiban is offering. Check out the pictures, you'll understand. A unique taste, less oil than the local competitors, with a professional taste.