Reviews of Ichi- Ban Boshi
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This is a great place to eat, the ticket for a table system is a little annoying but well worth it once you get a table. I'm a huge fan of Kaarage Don and Ichi-Ban Boshi do one of my favourites. while waiting for a seat have a wonder around the latest books at Kinokuniya.