March 25, 2013 Dbayeh Mount Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

Open Sushi Express Lunch at Le Mall
Casual Dining Quick Eats

Phone Number: +961 71 704 104

Address: Le Mall, Ground Floor, Sin El Fil, Lebanon

Website: http://ichiban-express.com/

Price Range: 30-40 $

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3.4 out of 5 based on 1 professional review.

RATING:68/100

Welcoming: 4/5

Food Temperature: 8/10

Ambiance / Music: 7.5/10

Menu Choice: 4/5

Food Taste: 23/30

Architecture / Interior: 7/10

Food presentation: 7/10

Service: 8/10

Value for money: Soon

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If you're looking for a quick and fulfilling Japanese experience during your short lunch break, Ichiban Express is the place to visit. Located inside one of Lebanon's finest malls, Ichiban Express serves a wide choice of Japanese rolls at affordable price.

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My friends and I decided to try Le Mall's Sushi restaurant located just next to Roadster Diner on the ground floor. Ichiban Express is a simple yet beautifully decorated place for a casual quick meal in the heart of a shopping center's busy ambiance. Burgundy colors, white wood tables, a green grass space is all you need to enjoy a fast casual Japanese experience. As a fan and a regular at Ichiban (Zalka), choosing from the menu was not a big issue for me. Just mark the place-mat with your desired order and it will be delivered to your table in less than 20 minutes.

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We took the open sushi formula: Pay attention to read the rules carefully:

  • $28 open sushi a la carte including crazy salad from sushi to Gunkan
  • Starred items are 5,000L.L extra per order
  • Sashimi's are not included in the open sushi
  • All left overs or remaining of any piece will be charged 3,000L.L each
  • Any sharing or tasting will be charged as open sushi
  • Extra Ginger 3,900L.L each

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The menu sections:

  • Starters and salad (8 choices)
  • Sashimi (8 pieces)
  • Sushi (9 pieces)
  • Hoso Maki (8 pieces)
  • Ura maki (35 possibilities)
  • Temaki (5 pieces)
  • Gunkan (3 pieces)
  • Sushi platters (maki bites, mix set, salmon set, special set, 40 pcs, boat)
  • Dessert
  • Drinks
  • Extras (ginger, soya)

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We ordered one order of each:

  • California sesame 6250 (avocado, cucumber, crab)
  • Crazy California 6900 (cucumber, avocado, crab, crazy topping)
  • Crazy special 6900 (crazy, tobico, avocado)
  • Crispy shrimp 6500 (shrimp, crispy)
  • Philadelphia 8250 (salmon, Philadelphia, tobico)
  • Naked 8250 (salmon, avocado, tobico)
  • Volcano 8250 (tobico, volcano mix)
  • Roasted salmon 11900 (Scottish roasted smoked salmon, orange, naked rice)
  • Salmon skin 4750 (salmon skin, crispy)
  • Crispy salmon 7750 (salmon, avocado, crispy)
  • Exotic salmon 11900 (smoked salmon, Philadelphia cheese, litchi, ikura)
  • Crispy eel & shrimp 8250 (eel, shrimp, crispy)
  • Eel California 8250 (eel, crab, avocado)
  • Salmon belt 8250 (salmon, crazy, avocado)
  • Alaska 8250 (shrimp, avocado, crazy)
  • Crunchy salmon 8500 (crazy, avocado, salmon, sauce)
  • Special eel 8500 (avocado, eel, crazy)
  • Spicy extreme 7250
  • Special ikura 11900 (ikura, salmon)
  • Maguro mixed 8900 (tuna, avocado, crazy)
  • Spicy salmon 8900 (mixed salmon, crazy, avocado)
  • Phila salmon 8900 (Philadelphia cheese, black sesame, salmon, avocado)
  • Green belt 8250 (avocado wrap, crazy, avocado)
  • Butter fish maki 8900 (Butter fish, crazy, avocado)
  • Sweet duo 9900 (crazy, avocado, shrimp, salmon, mango)

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The details I like:

  • Thick beige wooden tables fixed by stainless steel supports
  • Ashtrays without cigarette support
  • Black and red plastic transparent chairs
  • A fountain in the middle separating the restaurant from Roadster Diner
  • The wrapping bar/kitchen
  • The way you write on the place-mat before detaching it and giving it to the waiter
  • They propose the open sushi a la carte for $28 all week. It's worth it

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The minuses:

  • Ichiban's rolls are heavy. Do not order more than you can handle. Remember that you are going back to work afterwards
  • The teriyaki sauce used with salmon skin is way too sweet. It blocked my appetite. Its recipe has to be changed immediately

The needed changes:

      I liked this place and I liked its concept in a mall. Will pass by again from time to time.

Suitable For: Casual Dining Quick Eats



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