Pasadena: Sashimi Plate at Sushi Ichi

Sashimi Plate

 

A couple of months ago, I was researching sushi restaurants in Pasadena. It’s a bit of a mystery why there are so few great restaurants in Pasadena. And in the case of sushi, it’s almost better to stick to Little Tokyo in Downtown. I haven’t given up though and found Sushi Ichi which is a relatively newcomer to ‘dena.

One day, I tried them for lunch settling on the sashimi platter which came with bits of delightful fish and a few good pieces of sashimi. I went back for dinner and the sashimi plate was $10 more but so worth it with thick slices of fish. For $25, I got salmon, yellowtail, red snapper, tuna, octopus and clams. It was quite the deal.

daily specials at Sushi Ichi

 

We looked at the specials board and our server told us the ikura (salmon roe) was particularly good that day.

shishito peppers

 

But before I get too carried away, we did have shishito peppers and tempura to start.

tempura

 

The shishito peppers were mildly flavored and the tempura was non-greasy. Both were good but I think I rather have more sushi or sashimi.

ikura (salmon roe)

 

As anticipated, the ikura was really good. Our pieces disappeared quickly.

blue crab hand roll

 

Although I struggled to finish my plate of sashimi, I couldn’t resist the lure of a blue crab hand roll. Sushi Ichi does theirs with a bit of shiso leaf giving it a slightly minty flavor. There’s also crunchy bits in there that reminds me of soft-shell crab.

For lunch or dinner, Sushi Ichi was authentic and a good value. Good thing I don’t have to drive another ten minutes (or depending on traffic, 30 minutes) to Little Tokyo.

Sushi Ichi

633 S Arroyo Pkwy, Ste 1, Pasadena, CA 91105 — (626) 395-9977

 

** Note: make reservations to sit at the sushi bar

© The Minty 2012