Ichiban Sushi

The day started out with John, Martin and I going to The Harborfront to take engagement photos for our friends, Suzy and Jason (who have been together for nearly 7 years). The photo session took about 2 hours, and so by the end of the shoot ... all five of us were famished. So we decided to go for lunch at the nearest sushi shop which was Ichiban Sushi located on Queens Quay West. 

Ichiban Sushi is a sushi franchise within Canada, and there are several locations in the GTA areas. My first impression upon walking into the restaurant was that the place was relatively spacious, and well decorated. We were seated in a decently lit private booth (with curtains); there was a good amount of spaces between us five. Once seated; we got the menu and green tea/water. I thought that the service was prompt, and our waitress was friendly. 

In my opinion, the prices were a little on the higher end of the spectrum when compared to the mediocre quality of the food. 

As we waited for our food; we received complimentary soup (tiny bowl of noodles and chicken soup base), which is the very first picture posted at the top.

I can't comment on the taste of the seafood udon ($10.95) (as I didn't order it), but from the looks of it; the portion was large enough for one person.

The sushi pizza ($9.95) looked appealing, but it tasted alright. The fried patty was way too thin, and crunchy compared to the extreme mushy textures of the salmon. I didn't really like it.

The beef teriyaki dinner ($15.95) consisted of miso soup, salad, white rice, beef teriyaki and some veggies on the side. I actually liked the miso soup, as it was not too salty, and there was actually pieces of seaweed underneath. The beef teriyaki was a little on the dry side, and I had to constantly rub each piece of beef across my plate so that the extra sweet teriyaki sauce that was on my plate would coat the pieces. Overall, the beef was thinly sliced and tender enough for my liking.

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My boyfriend ordered the matsu dinner bento box ($19.95) and chose the salmon teriyaki. This bento box consisted of the following items; salad, miso soup, rice, 3 pieces of sushi, 6 pieces of sashimi, tempura, choice of either salmon or beef and green tea ice-cream. The matsu dinner bento box is extremely overpriced as the portion was quite small. According to him, the slices of the sashimi were decently cut, but the fish itself was not as fresh as it should be (considering the price for it).

Suzy ordered the tempura ($7.95) (pictured to the right) and the spider rolls ($7.95) (pictured below). She thought that the tempera basket was quite skimpy.

Although the food was mediocre; I had good company. So ... I'd like to take the time to thank both Jason and Suzy for lunch =)


Quality of Food: 2.6/5
Service: 3.5/5
Dining Experience: 3/5
Price: $$$

Address: 262 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5V3A7

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