Glendale: Sushi and More at Ichiban

various nigiri

various nigiri

 

Sometimes I have to keep in mind a review site’s average of 4 stars doesn’t translate to actual 4 stars. Or rather, I should take into consideration some things such as the ratio of sushi restaurants in Glendale to other types of restaurants.

Ichiban is a popular Japanese restaurant in Glendale. It wasn’t a problem to get a table as the restaurant is enormous. We could have sat at the sushi counter but my friends and I wanted to catch up at a table.

After viewing the menu with a growing sense of alarm with pages and pages of sushi rolls, I opted for some standard nigiri and a relatively safe spicy tuna roll.

sake

sake

 

I try not to be a snob about sake and sushi but it’s hard not to cringe when you get asked if you want hot sake. Ah, I’m in one of those kinds of restaurants. I decided to go with the flow.

seaweed

seaweed salad

 

I invariably want the seaweed salad even if they’re generally overpriced. However, Ichiban was charmingly low-priced and quite generous with their portion size.

cucumber roll

cucumber roll

 

One of my friends wanted a riceless roll and was recommended a cucumber roll. She seemed to like it. I didn’t try as I had my hands full.

fatty yellowtail

fatty yellowtail

 

Overall the fish was fine but I missed the warm rice at such places like Sugarfish where you may not get as much bang for the buck but at least it’s quality fish. This was a hard lesson to learn through my sushi eating years going from a huge boat covered with barely acceptable sushi and rolls to omakase orgasm found at Sushi Gen.

various rolls

various rolls

 

At the end of the night, my friends were happy and I was happy to grab drinks at The Famous around the corner.

 

Ichiban

120 S Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91204  —  (818) 242-9966
 

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