The first time we visited Ichiban was out of pure chance. There had been a power outage at our old apartment, so in order to kill time while we waited for the power to come back, we decided to drive around and find a place to eat. Shortly thereafter, we stumbled upon Ichiban.
Ichiban is a casual family friendly Japanese restaurant that offers a variety of sushi and teppanyaki options. You can choose to have your teppanyaki prepared right before your eyes at one of their teppanyaki tables or have it served directly to your table.
After our initial visit, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, so now every time we are in the Bayamón area we try to fit in a visit to Ichiban. On this occasion, we decided to order as our appetizers the steamed pork dumplings and the crab rangoons.
The steamed pork dumplings were tasty but sadly not made from scratch.
The crab rangoons were a hit! Those little bundles of bliss were fried to perfection and filled with a delicious mixture of cream cheese and crab (NOM NOM). Dip those babies in the duck sauce and you got yourself a party in your mouth! A definite must have when visiting Ichiban.
For our main course, we ordered the Yellowtail nigiri, Tuna nigiri, Fresh Water Eel nigiri, Octopus Nigiri, Salmon Sashimi, Eel and Avocado Roll and the Akita Roll (crab, tuna, cilantro, topped with avocado, spicy mayo and eel sauce). Overall, we enjoyed our selection, although our favorites had to be the Salmon Sashimi, the Tuna Nigiri and the Eel and Avocado Roll. The Akita Roll was okay, but the amount of spicy mayo and eel sauce that was placed on top of the roll did not let us appreciate the flavors of the crab and the tuna. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer my sushi prepared the classic way without all those extra sauces, just a dab of soy sauce will do.
For our dessert, we ordered the Ichiban Special. It consists of a tempura-fried cheesecake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cheesecake was drizzled with a chocolate sauce and raspberry sauce. It was amazing! The combination of the warm crispy outside, the creamy decadent cheesecake on the inside, and the cold vanilla ice cream were simply a delight (YUM)! The only thing I did not like about the dish was the taste of the raspberry sauce. Next time, I will make sure to order it without it.
At Ichiban, you can expect a reliable dining experience. The food is good and the staff is polite and attentive. So if you are in the Bayamón area, go and check them out and tell us what you think.