It has been nearly 20 trips to Ichiro Sushi Bar ever since it opened and hundreds of ringgit spent. This is a post way overdue.
But Ichiro has became such a staple for me, so much so that I’ve taken it for granted. Whenever someone asked for for Japanese food and sushi recommendations, Ichiro is the first name that popped into my mind.
I eat here almost weekly, and have seen its menu and prices scale over the years.
Still I opined that I’m getting value for my buck; for the quality remained constant.
The pictures you see below are collected over years, with a minimum of 2 visits monthly.
My usual order is my favourite; their signature Ichiroll, RM 35.
I love it because it has almost everything that I love (unagi, salmon, egg, pickle, crabstick, tuna and usually another fish) in one roll and by the time I’m halfway through the roll, I’m full.
The usual procedure here would be to order one Ichiroll to be shared, and top up our orders with some nigiri.
My nigiri of choice is always the Anango. The price has risen steadily over the years, but I still love my anango and Ichiro serves one of the best anango around.
I would know, I order anango whenever I see it on the menu and Ichiro’s is always fresh, thick and perfectly seared.
On days when I don’t fancy rice (though Ichiro’s sushi rice is one of the best around; perfect ratio of vinegar to rice that is perfectly cooked – not too mushy nor hard) a sashimi bowl is my choice.
Freshly grated wasabi is served here, as how it should be. I can’t remember the last time I allowed myself to eat the powdered ones.
Yes, I can be a snob.
Some of their popular rolls are the Dragon Roll (unagi), the Ichiroll (of course) and the Salmon & Avocado Roll.
For group dining, give their assorted sashimi platter a go. At RM120++, it is ideal for 3 to 4 people and a good deal considering the seafood served and the amount of each.
Diners order via an iPad which is mounted on the side of the table and service is pretty fast even during peak hours. The masters at the sushi counters remained focused in their trade, while the friendly wait staff are more than helpful if you have any queries.
You could add to your order anytime via using the iPad ordering system. The device allows you to check the status of your order, updates and displays your accumulated bill so you will be “keep informed” of the damage to your wallet. 🙂
When Ichiro first opened I wasn’t convinced of the feedback I’ve heard.
What? That small, tiny, cramped space serves good sushi? Oh wait, excellent sushi did you say?
But I am a loyal patron now.
This is my default sushi bar in PJ; you get what you pay for and the experience comes coupled with an authentic sushi bar ambiance where you could sit by the sushi counter, watch your orders being prepared and then placed in front of you one by one, order by order.
Ichiro also serves one of the best value-for-money lunch sets around so if you want to “give it a dry run” before going all out for dinner, the lunch sets are a good bet.
Ichiro Sushi Bar
Eat Paradise, 2nd Floor, Isetan (quite hidden and it’s at the back of Gantetshu Ramen, Won Korean Restaurant. Look for Gyu-kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant).
1 Utama Shopping Centre (Old Wing).
11am – 10pm
Tel: 03-7726 5899
Here’s more of my EATS in 1 Utama:
1. Putien opens in Malaysia- serving authentic Heng Hwa (or Xing Hua) cuisine from China
2. Moo Cow, my favourite froyo is in 1 Utama! Current new flavours for CNY is Mandarin Orange & Dragonfruit!
3. AK Noodles House for a economical meal
4. The Soup Restaurant – nourishing soups and dishes originating from treasured family recipes that are distinctive and traditional
5. Yong Tau Foo Eat and Happy – Cheap & tasty La Mian! Recommended!
6. Recommended! Opika Restaurant – Wholesome organic food – Love the Nasi Ulam!
7. Not recommended: Noodle Shack – Traditional Mian Fen Guo – small portions, lacking in taste!
8. Petite Millie – Poutine, Tartine and Tart Flambee!
9. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! – Menya Musashi and Gantentsu Hokkaido Ramen
10. RECOMMENDED– Gyu-kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant, Isetan Eat Paradise, 1 Utama