Monday, January 30, 2012


Ichibang, a recent addition to Crown Street eateries, may not be big in size but definitely serves up some good dishes. 

For those wanting to quickly grab something on the way home, there is a takeaway counter near the entrance. But if you are like us and have a bit of time for a sit down meal, the dinning area is comfortable; tables are well spaced so you don't feel like you are joining the table next to you for dinner. The dishes don't take long to appear on your table either, the chefs run a rather efficient open kitchen.

Once seated we were handed our menus by one of the friendly waitresses, I was surprised to see a separate drinks menu that offered a selection of wine among the usual soft drinks, juices and tea; most of the small Japanese restaurants I have been to are usually BYO.

Sushi & Sashimi Combination (Medium)
There are a few dishes I tend to always order when having Japanese, namely, edamame, agedashi tofu and seaweed salad. On that note, Ichibang's seaweed salad was absolutely delicious, fresh and with just the right amount of dressing, one of the best I've had.

The sushi and sashimi combo had a good selection of sushi roll, nigiri and fresh sashimi; the medium sized plate was good for sharing. For a hot dish, the teriyaki beef was flavourful and the side of cabbage salad added the much needed vegetable to our meal.

While Sushi Suma's menu has more variety, Ichibang is definitely a good alternative, especially if you crave fresh sashimi on a Monday night when Sushi Suma is closed.

Ichibang: Shop 2, 616-618 Crown Street, Surry Hills, 2010  Ichibang on Urbanspoon

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