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Ichiban Restaurant (Closed)
601 S. Main St.
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Hours: Open Daily
Tea: Green (brewed) House
Best Item: Teriyaki Salmon
Salmon Teriyaki: Salmon Alaska King;
Health Dept. Report No Inspections
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I understand that "Ichiban" means Number One in Japanese. Unfortunately Ichiban is not number one
on the Seattle radar screen; in fact it seems that very few people have heard of it.
Being one of many hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the International District, it would be easy to miss. Also the fact that it does not serve sushi probably makes it less popular. For traditional Japanese food, however, it is hard to beat.
The very limited menu includes Teriyaki Salmon, made from fresh Alaska King Salmon, which I ordered. I complimented the owner/chef on the quality of the salmon, and he said he buys it fresh at the market every day, and if none is to be found at the market, none will be served in the restaurant that day (I wish more restauranteurs would do the same).
Other items include yakisoba, udon, donburi, and tempura.
The soup and side dishes served with the meal were excellent as well.
Too many small restaurants in the ID have food that will keep them that way--Ichiban turned out to be much more than it appeared from the outside.
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