Ichiban Sushi & Bar rocks the rolls

On a mission for fresh sushi and to try something new to fulfill my soul’s craving of living in the moment. So as disciplined as I was, I stood still to listen to the wise words of friends with Facebook leads. I am focused and hungry. I want to eat in peace yet destroy some new fish I have never had before. Quite a contradiction, but hey I love a challenge. After meditating, my ancestors have pointed me in the right direction and I feel strong to follow. Where is the next hidden treasure that will fulfill my food desires? The one and only “Ichiban Sushi & Bar,” located in ‘Ele‘ele Shopping Center.

As my friend and I got there, we were quickly greeted by the host and waitress, Linda Lin, who we found out is the wife of the owner, Steve Lin. It was nice to know it was a family oriented business filled with passion. Now, when you look at their menu, the best way to handle your order is to ask for their local favorites. “The rainbow roll: California laced with tuna (‘ahi), hamachi, salmon and avocado, and is our customers’ favorite,” suggested Linda.

As I got that rainbow roll, I made my soy and wasabi sauce and began with the hamachi. It was so delicate, had no fish smell and had a wonderful texture to it. I had never had hamachi before, and was comfortable with my ‘ahi, but boy was I converted quickly. The avocado and the crab filled rolled was the best roll I ever had. I was smiling all the way through the meal. It was so good, my 18-month-old son and I ate it all. Nothing was left on our plate, and I just wanted more.

If you would like to have fun and be the master creator of your dish, they offer you the opportunity to build-a-bento box to your likings. The bento box includes rice, pickled vegetables, Asian potato salad or tossed greens with three choices of the following: shrimp tempura, teriyaki chicken, miso butterfish, sashimi, barbecue pork ribs or assorted suahi. You could share your box like my friend did with her daughter, or you can samurai your way through it.

For entertainment, you can watch their professional sushi artist Akira do his sushi magic or bring your friends to sing karaoke (for free) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. “We have $2 domestic beer specials all day every day and $2 glass of wine specials for the ladies,” said Steve Lin. As I sat there enjoying my dinner, I was already thinking to myself about a possible future birthday party there. The possibilities are endless there, because of their great food and drink specials followed by their entertainment. It’s a fun one-stop shop that will take your soul away to tranquility — well, maybe to food heaven. Did I mention they are open every day until 2 o’clock in the morning.

Speaking of morning, if you’re tired of McDonalds which is across the street, why don’t you check-in Ichiban, because they have got your breakfast back! Banana pancakes, loco moco, steak and eggs, and other great breakfast favorites that your tutu used to make for you. Wow, I still can’t stop thinking about that rainbow roll, and its fresh hamachi fish. I might have to make that a weekly ritual in my planner, or have them cater some of my future events. Yes, they cater, too.

For more information, call  335-9989.

Go ahead and get your hamachi on!


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