My gf wanted to bring her dad for a belated birthday dinner before he had to fly back to work, so with her family, a friend and I in tow we decided to come here on part of the great reviews. It did not disappoint.
The space inside looked and felt cramped but was spacious enough. It's quite casual all around as there were many children in attendance, but luckily the food was anything but casually prepared.
We came out with a hefty bill after sifting through the menu and merely pointing at dishes to order. In the end, sashimi, nigiri, rolls, cooked items and even dessert was to be had. They have a superior starting point in the sushi rice. Every grain is identifiable without being undercooked while a mild linger of wasabi touched the background. It easily fell apart while still holding it's shape. The use of fresh wild fish made a measurable difference, especially the toro, hotate and salmon belly, easily the best we've all had. We all enjoyed the simply made deep fried fish bones while the grilled cod and it's silky, delicate flesh was so expertly prepared we had to order it twice. Even the ordinary chicken karagge was a cut above the rest. Normally we balk at the dessert options available but the creme caramel spoke to us. The sweetness of the egg custard and the slightly burnt/smokey/bitter taste of the caramel was a wonderful counter balance of taste and was a light finish to an amazing meal. Dollar wise it's fantastic value given the fact that you'll get a lot less quality for the same price pretty much anywhere else.
Service appeared slow but was actually quite brisk. Servers introduced each dish as it came to the table while empty plates were removed with haste. Our only issue was trying to overhear their thick Japanese accents over the ambient noise.
Incredible quality at excellent prices I don't think you could find a comparable Japanese restaurant elsewhere in our city. Absolutely recommend.
Dropped by Ichiro while in Steveston today at lunch time. We were trying to decide what to eat, and thought this place looked interesting.
We were seated quickly, and drink orders taken. We both ordered the sashimi set lunch, which came with miso soup, sunomono salad, chawan mushi, tempura, rice and the sashimi - salmon, tuna, snapper and amaebi. Everything was nicely done, and the sashimi was fresh. Lots of food, fresh and visually appealing.
Recommend this place, it was very good.
We passed by this place a few times and always passed it by. It looks like just another one of those sushi restaurants run by non-Japanese proprietors.
But we finally gave it a shot (lunch time), and boy, were we surprised. Probably run by some guys who have a good handle on more authentic Japanese food (well, they're probably Japanese :-)
The place was packed, but everything was clean and organized and we were seated quite promptly. It's all nicely done, just no "wow", but that's okay.
There's lots of the "usual" on the menu, ostensibly to satisfy the usual, un-adventurous customers. But it seemed like the key was to spot the items with the little Japanese flag next to it for some goodies. We had the Mugitoro set and also a seasonal special set.
The presentation was very nice, especially considering it was "just" a bento set. Almost everything in either set was something unique that is rarely on other restaurants menu. Bonus points for creating a special seasonal set. I think it shows they have the passion to try and create good food, and you can taste it.
We felt the portions were quite generous for the price, (at least for the current economy) and we certainly left well satisfied.
Highly recommended. If you're looking for another sushi place, it may not be worth the trip. But if you're looking for something a bit unique, this is the best in Steveston, certainly one of the tops in all of Richmond. I say worth the trip out here to sample the specialties.
Tried this place for the first time and will definetely be going back. The sushi was fresh and the food was very tasty. Had the Inchiro don which was a combination of Unagi, Terriyaki Chicken and Prawn tempura on rice, very tasty. A little more pricey but the food is fresh and tasty and they offer a huge menu of items to choose from.
Went there with my friend for lunch today. This restaurant is usually really busy on the weekend during lunch time, the last time we went, we had to go to another place because the wait was going to be 1.5hrs. This time, we went early so we got a table right away. Service was prompt and courteous, and our server came to refill our tea/water everytime without us having to ask.
The prices were pretty reasonable on their lunch menu, the items on their a la carte menu is more expensive, but for the quality you get, it is definitely worth every penny.
My friend ordered the daily special, which was bbq black cod today. I went with the chirashi don on my friend's recommendation. The presentation was very good, especially for the daily special. It came with a number of side dishes, beautifully plated; as well as rice and miso soup. My chirashi don came in a wide Japanese bowl, and it also came with green soba noodles (or udon, but I chose soba noodles). Portion-wise, it was just right.
My chirashi don came with salmon (super fresh, texture was perfect, not mushy like a lot of other places. Freshest tasting salmon I've tasted in a long time.), tuna, egg (perfect sweetness, not burnt sections, perfectly cooked), tobiko, mackerel (I normally don't like it, but it was the perfect texture and not overly salty), scallop, hokkigai, california roll filling and some delicious, delicious white fish (which was absolutely my favourite of the entire bowl after the salmon, it was fatty, great texture and really really fresh!); and it was garnished with pickled ginger, shitaki mushroom and really good wasabi with a good kick!
Delicious meal!!! Can't wait to go back for more!!
Yesterday my bf treated my mom and I for lunch at Ichiro cuz my mom was craving for sashimi. So, all of us had the chirashi from the lunch menu and it was great: very fresh and generous portions, just as great as what I had 2 or 3 months ago. We also get either soba or udon in soup for a low price of $9.99, which is totally a steal. The soup base was tasty and the udon was chewy but the soba isn't as good. My mom also wanted to order baked saba (mackerel) and it was very thick and meaty and perfectly done with thin and crispy skin for only $7sth. We'd definitely come back for more & would recommend everyone to come try it out esp for the cheap lunch.
All the food was very good and fresh, nothing out of place. We three sat at the sushi bar. The service was erratic and we flagged the waitress every time with our requests, from more tea to clearing soil dishes. The prices matched the food quality. Except the Seafood Fry and the chicken Yakitori which was over priced and both tasteless. Our dinner included these items:
6 Toro Sushi (tuna belly)
6 Special Sushi (Fresh prawns sushi and the prawn heads deep fried)
6 Chopped Scallop Sushi
1 Spider Roll (with deep fried soft shell crab)
1 Rainbow Roll (8 pieces different assorted roll sushi)
1 Seafood Fry (pieces of skewer seafood deep fried tempura style)
1 Sweet Potato Tempura (6 pieces deep fried)
2 Yakitori (2 pieces per order of Hibachi skewer chicken)
This restaurant is too far away to be a casual drop in for me. And not special enough to become a destination sushi bar. Although the food would warrant my occasional return.
Preamble: one lunch and one dinner within a week
Food: for the most part the sashimi was fresh. mirugai could have had more portions and toro wasn't quite up to par but the hamachi and salmon toro can compete with Vancouver places. I was especially impressed with the ebi and sweet potato tempura, done just right and piping hot coming out. Less impressive were the spicy tuna and chopped scallop rolls. I would recommend Ajisai lovers living in Richmond to give Ichiro a try.
Service: efficient, friendly, enough staff for an extremely busy small restaurant.
Value: portions generally larger for similar quality in other places.
Ambiance: clean washrooms, decor nothing special but not dreary either. Comfortable seating.
Finally we had the opportunity to go to Ichiro. We have passed by a few times and the restaurant was always full or nearly full. This little restaurant is tucked away about 1 minute's drive from the heart of Steveston Village.
Upon entering the restaurant, what initially stood out was the warm and modern decor. We were seated by a window. A lovely table it was.
We ordered a selection of appetizers, nigiri and maki sushi, and sashimi. The sole sashimi was excellent. The deep fried sole, was fantastic! The food was authentic.
And there were many interesting menu selections not on other restaurant menus! There is deep fried shark!
The drawbacks are that the dining room is long and narrow, so if you can't get a table near the front, then it probably will not be so comfortable and pleasant. And as the other reviewer mentioned, the rice or the nigiri sushi maker needs to improve (rice was hard and fell apart). The maki sushi was much, much, better.
We would recommend this restaurant. It is one of the best restaurants in the Steveston area.
I have been living in Richmond for 2 years, Ichiro's is the best Sushi in richmond when you factor in price. Their quality is very high, they do not even serve farmed salmon here. Their prices are the best around, under 9$ for 8 pieces of wild salmon, no place can beat that. The service is standard, regular tea refilling. Authentic and extensive Japanese Menu.
If you are in south richmond, this is the only sushi place you should go to, warning, go early as it is always packed later on.
As a long-time customer of Takeya sushi (seafair mall) I am very proud that they sold that place and opened up such a wonderful restaurant in Steveston.
The greeting you receive when you walk in the restaurant is so appreciative. Said in traditional Japanese, it just adds to the overall experience and atmosphere of this clean and classy restaurant.
Other than ordering my usual favourites: salmon sashimi and dynamite roll, I tried the maguro sashimi that was on special. I usually would never eat tuna, as I find it too fishy, however this was just right. It practically melted in your mouth! Other good items were the miso soup (perfect amount of salt and large pieces of tofu), sunomono salad, where my tako was extremely fresh, and the dessert shaped like a pear.
As for the wasabi incident the other poster mentioned, why didn't you just ask for some? I'm sure the kitchen made an honest mistake, afterall it is always busy in there.
I had positive experiences at Ichiro - I'm a Japanese citizen and know that they serve decent food here. Nigiri sushis need some work - the rice wasn't quite up to par when they opened first and still not there yet. However, the maki sushis are excellent. My partner even had the best uni (sea urchin) sashimi there just the other day. He is the uni gourmand. The place is nice and the servers we had were all polite and good. We will go back again and again!
A good Japanese restaurant with above average in all categories.
If you're used to the all you can eat, forget it, things cost a bit more and the quality of food and service reflects it.
And @ Nonsuch22, it is true that IN JAPAN, sushi has wasabi is placed in nigiri sushi. But if you knew anything about sushi in North america, you know that wasabi is ALWAYS placed on the side. It's unfortunate that you would base your review/score on such a factor, something that if you actually knew anything about sushi in North america would be obvious to you.
It was date night and I met a woman at Ichiro. First time and she wanted to be impressed naturally. I'm not sure if the weird menu was scary or alluring; perhaps a little of both. I have driven by this place a couple of times on my way to Steveston, and rarely see cars parked. I was just in one of those crazy moods meeting a different kind of woman so I was going to try something different knowing I prob won't even like it. Well It was the adventure I expected for the night. We waited for quite awhile ( nearly 15 minutes) and there was only one other person in front of us before food came. It was box of dumplings and beef and salad I didn't see the hustle that other places like this usually exhibit. Maybe there was a lot going on with delivery in the kitchen. The place is also a little dingy inside.
The food was okay, not bad and not good mostly weird Asian. I think perhaps with a little effort and some paint this place could improve.
Awesome little Sushi Joint in Steveston.
Went with four friends for dinner and although I'm not reallly a sushi connoisseur this was probably the best I've ever had.
We shared nearly everything and all five of agreed on the quality.
Sashimi tasted fresh and full of flavor. The Toro wasincredible!
I won't talk about every peice of fish we had but it really all was wondeful.
Would highly reccomend and will definately be returning.
This place is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants. The food is consistently good. The menu has a lot of items (good and bad), each with their individual picture, so you know exactly what you are ordering (and yes, the picture actually looks like the finished product). Stay away from their fresh oysters, however. They are not fresh and improperly cleaned. It's always unpleasant chomping down on a small bit of unseen shell or sand. The service is mediocre. Food arrives in an acceptable amount of time and the waitresses do their best to serve everyone. Some waitresses have some difficulties with English, so you will have to deal with that if you come across it. They always seem to want to up-sell or recommend alternatives to what you want to order (i.e. daily specials). While they are good, the specials are usually more expensive, more exotic items, so watch out.
Any time my wife and I are in Richmond, we head to Ichiro for dinner. We are VERY picky about our sushi (having tasted a hell of a lot of it in this city) and we both love this place. The first thing to love about it...all the chefs are JAPANESE! If you're familiar with the sushi restaurants around this city, that's quite a rarity.
The quality of the ingredients they use is spectacular. The craftsmanship of their presentation is top notch and the inventiveness of some of their dishes is inspiring.
Don't go if you're expecting an "all-you-can-eat cram it in til you explode extravaganza of a deal." It ain't cheap. But it's not going to break the bank either. If you're in Steveston and feel like having a sushi dinner worth going back for, check em out.
This is the only sushi restaurant we go to anymore. Good service, awesome huge menu and good pricing. Much better quality than any of the all you can eats. The food is always fresh and well presented. Lots of veggie options for the vegetarians and good daily specials
Very busy, make a reservation
We had the sashimi platter and a roll, they informed us they didn't have one of the items in the platter, but they were happy to substitute another surf crab for us.
It wasn't very busy when we were there. I think it was a Saturday night, I forget.
This is another restaurant with Japanese staff.
Can't say much about it other than the price isn't $30-50, it more like $10-20
I've eaten at almost every sushi restaurant in Richmond and this on has to be the best. Has everything you would expect in a Sushi restaurant but is done with real style. Dishes are wonderfully presented, and you can taste the freshness.
Whenever I can I eat alone at the sushi bar. It quite the enterainment for me to watch the chefs do their magic. They usually give me a sample or two as well which I think is a fantastic touch.
The only bad thing about this restaurant like so many other Japenese restaurants is its closed on mondays.