Seems like just as many restaurants open here in Orlando as those that close. Ichiban Hibachi and Sushi Grill took over the old Perkins location on University Boulevard near Logan’s Steakhouse. It’s a few blocks from the University of Central Florida.
Ichiban’s is an all-you-can-eat Asian buffet. It’s open for lunch and supper, and features a sushi bar, hibachi grill, and fresh buffet style Asian food. I must admit; it’s larger than most Asian buffets, and it offers Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and American dishes.
Ichiban has something for everyone. The sushi bar has over 20 varieties of sushi and sashimi; steamed shrimp, raw clams and oysters are on the salad bar along with fresh fruits; egg rolls, crab rangoon, fried fish, french fries, and sweet and sour pork adorn the “fried bar” along with miso soup and other delectables; the standard Chinese dishes that are usually found at a buffet like General Tso’s chicken, lo mein, fried rice, and sesame chicken; a multi item dessert bar; and, a hibachi grill that includes an assortment of meats, seafood, and fresh vegetables. This, of course, is an abbreviated version of what you can expect to eat at Ichiban’s. There are so many dishes that it’s impossible for me to tell you about all of them.
I’ve eaten at Ichiban’s with my friends and family for both lunch and supper, and I’ve never been disappointed. The food is fresh, and it doesn’t sit on the buffet for long so it never gets that “old” look and taste. I like the variety. If I’m trying to eat healthy, I skip the fried foods and go for the hibachi grill or the steamed seafood.
If you’re not a big buffet fan (my husband is not), try the hibachi grill. My husband had grilled salmon with assorted vegetables. I was hung up on the sushi and steamed large shrimp, so I skipped the hibachi. What I found impressive is the amount of seafood that is on the buffet. In addition to the sushi, the salad bar (I’m not sure that’s what it is) offers large steamed shrimp, raw oysters and clams (evening), and steamed mussels (evening). Other dishes offered include black pepper shrimp, coconut shrimp, crab with vegetables, and mussels with vegetables in sauce.
If you happen to be there in the evening, you’ll notice a large prime rib. The hibachi grill also offers more variety in the evening such as salmon and shrimp. Ichiban’s also has an extensive offering of Japanese and Chinese sauces, which your server will bring to your table. The sauces I sampled were tasty but spicy.
The service is friendly and prompt, and the food is good. Ichiban’s is $8.50 for lunch and $14.50 for dinner. That’s a good price for all you can eat seafood, sushi, and Asian food. It’s well worth the cost.
Reviewed by Sherry