While down on SW 3rd Street, I saw a new sushi restaurant I wanted to try so a few days later I stopped in for lunch. Ichiban Sushi Bar and Poke has only been in town a few months but is becoming a well known place for good sushi. Located in a strip mall on the south side of SW 3rd street, it almost blends in with the other businesses but has a great atmosphere inside.
I stopped on a chilly Friday for lunch. The restaurant is very clean with many Japanese decorations all around for a fresh look. I was greeted immediately by a very pleasant young lady who also took my drink order. I sat and reviewed the menu, I’m not familiar with poke yet so I just stuck to the sushi. I did start with the Fried Calamari. Served with a mango type sauce (and a beautiful purple orchid), this was delightful. The calamari rings were larger than what I’ve had in the past and the panko breading was light, didn’t weigh the calamari down but the highlight was the mango sauce. Just added a different dimension to something that I’ve had in dozens of restaurants before.
Next I was brought my sushi. I went with a Spicy Scallop roll and a Cowboy Roll, a roll with tempura shrimp, cream cheese and avocado, topped with a crab stick. Took down the spicy scallop roll first, not too spicy but just enough to clear the sinuses. It was good but the cowboy roll was the star of the sushi. There was enough shrimp and cream cheese that I didn’t notice the avocado. Topped with the crab stick and spicy mayo, this quickly became one of my favorite rolls.
The food was excellent and the service was incredible, every lady who came to my table was friendly and ready to help. I really enjoyed the experience and will be back. 5 strips of bacon.
Here is another restaurant my husband introduced me to- Nhinja. He actually learned about it from the owner, Kang Nhin. He always likes trying new places, so one night he took Mae with him for dinner. If she liked it then he knew I would like it. About a month later we went and even though I really like my Chinese food from a buffet, it wasn’t bad.
They do have a pretty big selection on their menu but I’ve recently been on a sushi trip and they have some of the best in town. First of all, they list the ingredients on the menu. I’m real picky about what I have in my sushi- no caviar or fish eggs of any sort, no salmon, light on the veggies. So it’s easy to order your sushi and it’s made right then, hasn’t been sitting around. The rolls are huge, so one roll is more than enough for one person. My two favorites are the Thunder and Geisha, but the others I have had are good as well. My husband has tried almost everything on the menu but his favorite is the Cashew Chicken. Once again, huge portions with lots of veggies and rice. Mae is more predictable, she sticks with her Honey Chicken and then won’t eat the rice. We do almost always start with the Cream Cheese Puffs. Crab meat, cream cheese, and scallions wrapped up and deep-fried.
The service is always good, no matter if you are eating there or getting it for take out. The atmosphere is fun, lots of colors, and bottles of Japanese sodas on the wall. I give it five strips of bacon. There are five locations around Oklahoma City, so it should be easy to find one.
Address: Rockwell- 12503 North Rockwell Ave., Oklahoma City; May- 13905 North May Ave., Oklahoma City; Broadway- 5 West 15th St., Edmond; Second St.- 2080 East Second St., Edmond; Mustang Rd.- 335 South Mustang Rd.