Ichibankan Express is a fast food sushi joint offering eat in or take out.
I wandered into IE while at SFU recently. I liked the fact that the place looked clean, and they had heaps of takeout sushi for my dining pleasure. I tried a Cali roll and some salmon nigiri sushi. Both were well-prepared, and they tasted fresh. The big danger of takeout sushi is that you don't know when it was made.
I looked at some of the other offerings, and they seemed okay too. I also looked at the takeout menu, and the party platters are cheap enough to treat my friends. The staff was friendly and efficient, and the price was right.
Worked for me.
I work near the Broadway Ichibankan and live near the SFU location and I have to say the food (namely the cooked food) is terrible. The only reason I keep going back is the convenience and cheap rolls. The tendon was mushy rice topped with vegetables and a shrimp and a mound of batter. I've lived in Japan and eaten many good tendons, and Ichibankan's is an embarassment to japanese cuisine. Also the chicken in the bento had many hard pieces of grizzle. The curry bowl, which is decent, was stuffed solid with rice; not appetizing at all . PLEASE improve as there's no reason for this. Sorry for being so critical but someone needs to tell the owner. Lastly, the cashier at Broadway should smile once in a while.
for take out sushi rolls, its decent, prices are fair, sizes of the rolls are average/small.
the place itself is quite clean.
most rolls are priced between 2-4 dollars for 4-6 pieces of rolls.
There's a nice variety of popular sushi and hot dishes like katsu don, curry, ramen, miso and bento boxes. They have most of the sushi pre-made so you can just grab it and go; I guess speediness is one of its merits. They're pretty fast with the hot dishes too, it usually doesn't take more than 5 - 7 minutes and the food always comes out hot, not lukewarm or questionable. Ichibankan is a good place for a quick sushi fix.
I drop in regularly due to lack of alternatives up on SFU campus and grab some rolls and a spinach salad. The quality is OK, but (as usual) you pay the 'trapped on the mountain' tax.
Last time I ordered some beef box (as I like Bento a lot), and it was horrible. First I was surprised by the speed that they delivered my lunch, but then I noticed the taste - pre-made food warmed up in the microwave. The meat was completely flabby.
Ambiance is what you expect from a quick lunch place, service as well.
Bottom line: Stay with their rolls if you need an alternative to all the greasy food up on SFU campus, but don't waste your time on any of their hot dishes.
A nice solid place to have a quick bite during breaks. The food here is basically a mixed barrel. I like their california rolls. They're pretty decent, and they only cost 3 dollars. I tried their katsu don, which I also like very much. I tried their tempura udon and ten don, which I wouldn't reccomend to anybody, as the tempura is microwave and thus loses its nice texture and crispiness. Their chicken teriyaki don is really awful. Almost inedible. Their only items that I really do enjoy are the chicken yaki soba and the the really tasty Katsu don. They give really big portions for their rice bowls! There's a lot of value there and it will only set you back 6 dollars, no tax either. Ichibankan express is likely the most dependable place to have a satisfying bit on campus. There's not a lot of variety in what you can order, but the value more than makes up for this setback.
Ichibankan is pretty good for the quick meal on campus - especially if you just need something fast.
The sushi isn't the best, but it is pretty good for the price - I'd go as far as to say the value is great.
What I like is that you can buy what you want and build a meal the size of your appetite.
Although a good friend of mine hates their bento - I have to say that I tried it with an open mind and I quite like it.
Positives: Quick, cheap, fast - with pretty good food.
Negatives: Gets too crowded - there is a limit to how much fast sushi my body can absorb without wanting something else.
Worth a try - one of my regular joints. One of the only good places to eat on campus.
The title says it all.
If you don't believe me, next time when you make an order, go close to the cashier and look at how the server prepare your food.
All they do is to take out the prepared food and microwave it.
There was once I ordered some chicken teriyaki don with my frd. We put the rice into the fridge and heat it back up after a few hours (need a late night snack for studying). Guess what? It tastes the same as what you get when you eat it "fresh".
The sushi? They are okay... only that there was once the place got complained about their sushi's temperature.
Well, I guess if you are stuck at SFU you don't have much choice. But if you can, try to avoid this place. They earn too much money for selling bad food.
This place is pretty bad. For sushi rolls it's ok. But if you order ten don or the like, 50 percent of the time the egg is half cooked and your rice is covered in raw egg white. Other times it's soggy. I ordered the chicken karagi (sic?) today and it was clearly half-reheated chicken wings that I had to throw out. Disgusting.