50 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3DS
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Singles, Chilling out, Nightlife, No fuss
Expert review of Ichiban
Translated as “number one” from Japanese, not only is this the best restaurant of its type, it’s also one of my favourites in the city. Opened in the 1990s, and embraced as one of the city’s first exotic eateries, Ichiban has become part of the dependable dining scene. Frequented by the city’s fledging Japanese, Chinese and Korean communities – and by sushi lovers like me – its dishes are fast, fresh and fair on my wallet. Number one? Undoubtedly – it certainly lives up to its name.
With a menu chockfull of ramen, udon and soba noodle soups, sauce based chicken teriyakis and wok-fried dishes, it is best to come with a large appetite. I love the sushi and side dishes – particularly the ebi gyoza (deep fried dumplings with prawn) and gyuniku maki (chargrilled sirloin steak rolls) – and my partner always insists on ordering enough sushi (the £12.50 mixed sushi plate) to feed an entire unit of ninjas. Washed down with an Asahi or Sapporo beer, it’s as close to a Japanese zen state of mind you’re as likely to get around these parts.
I’m a sucker for the sake and ebi nigiri (salmon and prawn topped sushi) and the seafood yakisoba served with king prawn, squid, crabstick, naruto and scallop.
Modelled on a modern Japanese noodle bar – complete with communal benches, paper place mats and an airy ambience – ichiban prides itself on its open kitchen and live-wire chefs who appear to juggle fire as well as knives.
Fast food style with dishes being served as and when they’re ready. Orders are also scrawled on the paper table mats.
Around the corner from trendy Royal Exchange Square and just off Argyll Street, Ichiban can be easily missed as it is a simple neon sign above a door. The restaurant is upstairs.
The main course curries, rice dishes and noodles vary between £6.90 and £8.50. Four sushi maki rolls are £2.80 and two nigiri pieces are also £2.80.
On the other side of the city, Ichiban West End (184 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6UN) caters to more of a student crowd but still serves up the same great menu of sushi and soba noodles.
More information on Ichiban:
- Price guide:
- Diner, Restaurant, Takeaway
- Japanese, Modern, Snacks, Vegetarian
- 50 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3DS
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Thu, noon-10pm. Fri & Sat, noon-11pm. Sun, 1pm-10pm. Last orders: 20 mins before close.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary