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Ichi- Ban Boshi

Sydney, NSW
Open today - 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Located on the top floor of the Galleries Victoria on George St (opposite the QVB and in short walking distance from Town Hall), the famed 'Ichi-Ban Boshi' Japanese restaurant could have easily gone unnoticed by prospective diners. In truth, I only "discovered" it after taking a visit to it's neighbour, Kinokuniya bookstore.

Once you have discovered it you'll be hard pressed not to be making return visits, for great value for money Japanese cuisine right here in inner city Sydney. The large restaurant is almost always full of people, which makes how quickly they serve their food surprising to say the very least. Their menu contains an exhaustive list of ramen, udon and green tea ice cream (yum!)

Worth the lunchtime wait!


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Mains under $20




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Reviews of Ichi- Ban Boshi

  • ShrimpyNoodle Area Expert 50 reviews
    I love ichiban boshi.

    1. Best Tan Tan Tsukemen I have ever tasted, plus love the option to choose the spinach noodles. The dipping sauce broth is divine and trumps all tsukemen's I've had by a mile in terms of flavour, consistency and ingredients. Ichiban Boshi's eggs are the best ramen/Japanese soup miso egg I have ever had. Omg yum.

    2. They have a super delicious Salmon Don where rice is actually correctly made Japanese sushi rice. Okay you can always tell when a Japanese restaurant is just not legit when the rice that comes with sushi/sashimi dons or just sushi in general is boiled, plain rice. Just no. Japanese sushi rice is an art that perfectly compliments whatever sashimi fish you're having and unfortunately it's like 99% of Japanese restaurants in Sydney don't know how to make sushi rice!!! Ichiban Boshi always does this amazingly, plus I find the salmon is always really fresh.
  • kningja Foodie 131 reviews
    One of the first places that was my go-to for ramen. They've got pretty decent portion sizes at reasonable value and their wide variety is suitable for any craving. Special mention of their new beef ramen that I really enjoyed!
  • KamenRiderBlack Local Star 120 reviews

    You know how everyone LOVES Japenese food? Well, if anyone says that and hasn't tried Ichi-Ban Boshi, they are liars. Straight up.

    Ichi-Ban Boshi is quite possibly the best and closest to authentic Japanese restaurant in Sydney. Sure, it's subjective blah blah blah but hear me out.

    POINT 1: The dcor at Ichi-Ban Boshi is pretty average. It doesn't look amazing, it's not particularly comfortable however, you will not even notice once the get food in your mouth. Seriously, it's like eating Haiku from the soft palms of Amatarasu herself (Shinto Sun Goddess - i'm down with culture)

    POINT 2: Word on the street is, Ichi-Ban Boshi doesn't use the same stock standard terrayaki sauce or miso. There is an obvious difference in taste at Ichi-Ban Boshi and that's because everything is straight out of Japan. EVEN THE BEER! woohoo!

    POINT 3: The portions are MASSIVE! None of this baby bento business. Ichi-Ban Boshi is NOT the place to bring that Tinder date that only orders a celery stick and water. This is the place you bring the girl who keeps a spoon in her purse 'just in case'. ("The One", obviously."

    POINT 4: EVERYTHING is made on the spot. Sushi doesn't sit behind a glass case all day until you come and seagull it and shower it in Soy-Sauce and Wasabi.
    Ichi-Ban Boshi is fresher than Will Smith in the 90's. For real.

    "But that doesn't make it more 'authentic'" you say?

    Well, Ichi-Ban Boshi's menu includes dishes that I am still yet to see included in other Japanese restaurants. Authentic, traditional Japanese dishes that would turn a Samurai into a Samu-cry... because he'd be that happy (whatever.)

    Anyway, Ichi-Ban Boshi is ICHIBAN! (I'm not positive, but i think it means "number 1")

    Don't take my word for it, go and spend money there and you will see the light.

    half a star down just because the wait can be long, but you can't help that it's super amazing and popular.
    • You forgot the sushi rice. One of the few Japanese places in Sydney that actually makes the sushi rice the Japanese way. Rice Wine Vinegar and sugar. Dat's what I'm talkin' bout mmmhmmm.
  • chopsticks Local Star 190 reviews
    I can't quite understand the long lines during peak lunch hour at ItchiBan Boshi. The food is fairly average. Admittedly, the serving is generous and the price is cheap. I tried the entree sized Chicken Karaage and the Pork Tonkatsu. The Chicken Karaage consisted of large marinated fried chicken pieces lacking any crunch. The Pork Tonkatsu was good with a generous amount of sauce. I do appreciate the spacious area with tables widely spaced apart. It can be hard to wave down a waitress for service during the busy peak hour.
  • R_E_V_I_E_W_E_R_1 Local Star 959 reviews
    Decent Japanese food for a good price. This place is great if you want a quick meal. Not really where you would go to eat out (as it is in a food court) but an absolutely decent Japanese meal. There is a huge amount of competition in this space, but it is one of two places in the vicinity that I would seek out to eat a Japanese Meal!
  • ChowTime Foodie 47 reviews
    Average Japanese in a convenient location. It's not bad, but I feel there are better Japanese places in the city. I've tried the chicken katsudon and ramen here and they were alright but nothing to rave about. I do appreciate the side of miso that comes with rice dishes.
  • Decent place if you ever need to eat ramen. Just wish the broth is flavoured a bit more, as it feels that all the same have practically the same base. Queue is not too long and price is decent
  • Possibly the best ramen in Sydney and the closest I have found to the real thing. Reminds me of being back in Japan. The chicken katsu don is also to die for.
  • beanboy Local Star 305 reviews
    Top Japanese restaurant, they have one of the best and well known Ramens in the city. Be prepared to queue, but its well worth the wait.
    My fav is the Udon Set, with Salmon Sashimi, rice, and Ramen.
    • Disagree with the "worth the wait" and "one of the best.. ramens" comment. What other ramens have you tried in Sydney?
  • This is a great restaurant. Probably the best I've tried in Sydney so far outside of Japan in terms of taste. If an authentic taste is your priority (which I'm sure it is very important) then this is the place for you. The views and the environment isn't the greatest in the world, but that shouldn't matter when you're talking with friends or looking at the great food that's been served. Oh, and the waitresses there are Japanese, adding to the experience.
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