Ichiro Japanese Restaurant is located in idyllic fishing village of Steveston in Richmond, British Columbia. If you follow American TV shows, then you might be surprised to find out that they shot “Once Upon a Time” in Steveston. Irene, Lauren and I dropped in for a quick lunch before we went to visit my godmother in the hospital.
When I got to Canada, I asked my cousins to make me a list of restaurants to try out and Ichiro Japanese Restaurant was on that extensive list. They opened their doors in 2006 and since then has been drawing people in with their authentic Japaneses fare. Steveston’s proximity to the sea assures people of some of the freshest seafood available, a recurring thing in my many meals there.
You can miss the bright pink awning as well as the small zen garden in front. There’s some street parking as well as a few slots at the back of the resto. Enter the place and you’ll be greeted in Japanese by the Japanese servers and sushi chefs, which bodes well for the meal to come.
They’ve got a pretty diverse menu as well as some lunch sets available. We decided to start with a Steveston Roll (CDN12.5), just because we wanted something with salmon. This maki has tuna, cucumber, ama-ebi (sweet shrimp) and tobiko (flying fish roe) with a slice of fresh salmon on top. It was delicious, something apt for the locale. The ingredients was very fresh, no smell at all.
The udon (kake-udon) was springy and chewy, in a light soy broth with some vegetables.
The katsu was good but after the deluge of katsu restaurants in Manila, this one falls short.
Irene and I shared a Sashimi Boat Set (CDN18.95) which came with deep fried chicken, 2 daily appetizers and a plate of sashimi. The appetizers for the day was boiled raddish and gomoae (spinach in sesame sauce), both were well prepared. The fried chicken was also a nice hot crunchy starter, not oily at all.
Our sashimi portion of the boat contained albacore tuna, sockeye salmon, amaebi, octopus, hamachi (yellowtail), hokigai (surf clam) and hotate (scallop). Each piece was so fresh, thickness was just right to appreciate the different textures.
Our overall experience at Ichiro was good, from the service to the food. You are assured of quality and authenticity in every dish but the prices are just a tad bit higher than other places in Richmond.
Ichiro Japanese Restaurant#110-12011 2nd Avenue Richmond, B.C.V7E 3L6 Canada 604-277-1150 Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday Lunch – 11:30am to 2pm Dinner – 5pm to 10pm