The Koi greet everyone with open mouths. They are happy to stay off the menu.
We requested a table at the back. Word of advice, put in your order while your waiter seats you otherwise you are forgotten and you will fear they will never come back for you. And the hot tea does not come with a small pot, it is simply a cup of tea.
Sushi Sashimi Lunch - Ichiban Austin
Hubby ordered the sushi sashimi combination lunch platter. The nigiri is a fine selection of fish and a piece of imitation crab. “That’s not right.” he said half way through lunch. Houdini (aka the waiter) stopped by to see if we were still alive. Hubby explained that imitation crab should not be on the plate or the menu should say something about it (it simply says 5 pieces of chef selected nigiri). Not only did the server get an earful, he also spoke to the manager. He knows what real crab is and it’s not the hotdog shaped atrocity he found himself facing at chow time.
I was embarrassed but I know the reason behind the action, in fact, I AM the reason. Hubby has picked up a taste for real crab in the time we’ve been together. He wanted to go off at the restaurant like Chef Irvine does on his show, something like “You can’t serve fake fish at a SUSHI bar!”. Point taken by the manager, he offered to replace the “crab” with salmon and forgo the $1 surcharge for swapping out the piece.
Special Combo - Ichiban Austin
“Just go with the flow.” That’s my take on life, and in this situation I ate the damn imitation crab.
I thought that the Dragon Roll mentioned in the possible substitutions for a California roll was the one pictured on the menu of rolls. On the picture menu it was called Red Dragon I saw no other dragons on the menu and went ahead and ordered it. Nope, it’s the OTHER dragon roll with eel if I’m not mistaken? Not what I was expecting. Did I try to send it back? No, I just ate it anyways and chalked it up to trying my first eel roll.
The House Roll, which was imitation crab roll dunked in tempura and fried, was good. The crunch from the tempura helps mix things up a bit, textural wise.
Don’t mind having to take off my shoes to eat lunch. As far as sushi places go, you might get a better sense of authentic Japanese/Korean dining here at Ichiban due to the ambiance, but you can find comparable service and platters elsewhere. Lunch prices are decent (starts at $6.95 per person, bento boxes were $8.95 and up). If we go back for another special lunch, I will try the bulgogi bento box. Parking is a little tricky, I didn’t know it was a one way loop and went in through the exit confusing the lady leaving at the time. The green carpet is a little distracting, but most older restaurants have tacky décor.
Ichiban Restaurant 7310 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
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