Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ichiban Boshi

Convenient point of this place would be its location on the same floor with Kinokuniya inside The Galeries Victoria, just above Town Hall Station in the heart of the city. Not so convenient point would be how one may need to queue for a very long time before getting a table.

I have always wondered what the fuss was about, the long queues I saw whenever I went to the bookstore. So one day, I decided to join that queue (when it was shorter, that is).

I would definitely recommend the tempura salmon roll ($9.50), which is a deep friend salmon roll with shallot and hot chilli mayonnaise sauce.

Their serving of unagi-ju ($15.00) is generous, a full box of marinated eel served on a bed of rice.

Their tantanmen ($13.00) is a large bowl of traditional spicy ramen topped with minced pork, boiled egg and choysum vegetables.

When one is too lazy to decide on what to eat, there is always the karaage ramen ($13.00), ramen in soy flavoured soup topped with succulent deep-fried chicken. Just add chilli flakes for spiciness.

And of course, like any other Japanese eatery, there is the tonkatsu-don ($12.00), a bowl of rice topped with deep-fried chicken (or pork) cutlets.

Fully licensed with a seating capacity of 70, their ramens are not too bad (according to my friends because I personally am not a fan of ramen). Their rice dishes were so-so. Quality of service would depend on the wait staff on duty that day but so far, it has been pleasant (not taking into account the long queueing time).

Ichiban Boshi
2/500 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9262 7677
Open daily 11:00am to 9:00pm

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