Ichiban Boshi

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all time favourite japanese restaurant
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Service 
 
4.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.5
I may be one of Ichiban Boshi's BIGGEST FAN. Despite many other decent Japanese restaurants available in Singapore, I still prefer Ichiban Boshi.

They have great service and are extremely attentive (NEX outlet). Though this outlet is always crazily packed, the service is never compromised. I remembered, on just my third visit there, their staff could even remember my special order. The queue at Ichiban Boshi is quite a turn off especially on peak hours. However, the queue moves relatively fast. Food are usually served within 15 minutes no matter how crowded the restaurant is.

These are the few things I recommend: Buttered shitake mushroom, potato salad (MUST TRY! It's extremely appetizing especially with their dressing), potato inari (MUST MUST TRY), Salmon head udon.

Personally, I wouldn't recommend Ichiban Boshi for desserts as the choices are quite limited and they aren't exactly worth the money for the taste. Overall, price wise on the sushi and main courses are quite reasonable in my opinion. Usually, I would purchase their cheesecakes(try the matcha flavour) from the counter as well! Surprisingly, they taste quite good for the price we are paying.

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Nice ambience, great food
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
If you find people queuing up outside Ichiban Boshi, you’ll know this restaurant is worth the try. Ichiban Boshi have their quality of the food maintain to the standard. Great for it’s reasonable price that comes with a big portion. Unlike the other Japanese restaurant, they have variety of unique set menu usually comes with chawanmushi, fruits and miso soup. My favourite dish from Ichiban Boshi would be the Chicken Terayaki Don, that is just right for a fulfilling meal. If you would like to have some sushi while waiting for your main meal to arrive, you can conveniently choose the variety of sushi from the conveyor belt. If you’re not sitting anywhere near the belt, just order it from the waiter and they’ll be happy to serve you.

If you are dining at the restaurant at Great World City, just adjacent to the restaurant, you can find a mini market which sells Japanese product and take-away sushi. Besides that, do try out their famous Japanese cheese cake which has a smooth texture and a light flavor of cheese. It can be crowded and long queue could be expected during peak hours. Reservation can be made in advance till 7.30pm, as after 8.00pm would be walk-in.
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Fav place to go to for sushi!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Ichiban Boshi is definitely a good place to go to for quality sushi. They offer very unique sushi dishes such as Cheese Delight, which is a cheese & ham with cucumber maki and Golden Catch, which is fried dory fish and tartar sauce on the inside with rice and fried potato shavings on the outside. They were both very delicious despite my initial apprehension at the fusion sushi. It is also affordable at $2.40/plate. My sashimi was fresh too.

The service could be improved as the waitress serving me had difficulty understanding English and as a result, left out one of my orders. But it was alright as the chef quickly did up another sushi for me. Our requested mayo sauce took 2 reminders before it came and there was no apology.

However, despite the lacking service, I would definitely return for my sushi as it is just too good!

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Average Spent Per Person:
10
Best Part:
sushi
Branch Location:
takashimaya
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Avoid peak hours
Overall Score 
 
3.0
I've always seen long queues outside Ichiban Boshi and was quite interested to try the food there. My chance came when my friends decided to dine there recently. Although they do not usually take reservations, my friend managed to call and book a table at the Centre Point branch. It was a good thing we did; the queue was horrendous!

The ambience of the restaurant is noisy and lively and if you are looking to dine at a quiet place with soft music playing in the background, this is not for you. During peak hours when the place is packed with patrons, food can take quite a while to be served. We had to wait quite a bit before we got our orders! While the staff are very efficient, they are always busy and on the move and trying to get their attention can be quite difficult.

My friends and I ordered set meals and I went for the curry cheese chicken set that came with rice, tempura prawns, miso soup and fruits. The curry cheese was quite unique but the chicken meat was nothing to rave about. Also, the portion of rice was quite little and I finished it before even finishing the curry cheese chicken. My friend's beef set tasted better though. The beef was not too thickly sliced and the blend of spices was really good. I felt the prices for the set meals were a bit high though, considering how the portion of food provided was not too much.

Given that there are so many other good Japanese restaurants out there, I wouldn't make Ichiban Boshi my go-to Jap restaurant. I still prefer Sushi Tei to this!

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You have to try their Don Don Wazen !
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
5.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.5
Overall Score 
 
4.5
Ichiban Boshi is one of my favourite Japanese restaurant that I love to patronised! There are many reasons why I love the restaurant so much!

Firstly, they offer a wide range of authentic Japanese Cuisine that are priced at an affordable price. They offer set meals, ramen and sushi.

I would strongly recommend you to try their Don Don Wazen, which consist of a chawanmushi, tempura, unagi rice bowl and a raw salmon rice bowl. It only costs $19.90++ for the Don Don Wazen! I feel it is super worth it as it is very filling and delicious!

And you can trust that they offers you good customer service too!

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A good family restaurant
(Updated: April 29, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
For a family restaurant, Ichiban is accessible and of reasonable price. Food is nothing too extravagant unless you order from the gourmet menu which may be a little pricey.

The best thing about Ichiban Boshi would have to be the variety of set meals available. These sets are value for money and offers variety which is perfect for indecisive or glutton folks (like me). My favourite set would be the Business Wazen which contains grilled saba, chawanmushi, rice, side dishes, fruits and more! Definitely a great deal as it is possible to share one set between two people.

For dessert, I recommend you try the tempura ice cream. A unique dish which is essentially fried ice cream. Yes you heard me right. Tempura ice cream is Strawberry ice cream wrapped in crispy tempura batter and topped with strawberry sauce. This is one my absolute favourites and children will definitely enjoy.

Another favourite would be the cheesecake. You can eat it in the restaurant or buy it as a whole, half or quarter cake back home. The cheesecake which has an adorable cow picture imprinted on it is one of the best Japanese cheesecake I have ever tried. It is soft and fluffy but yet retains the richness of the american cheesecake.

The restaurant can get very crowded for dinner so be sure to make reservations beforehand. Overall, this makes a good and convenient dinner for the family.

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Smooth and delicious chwanmushi
(Updated: May 08, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Ichiban Boshi is another of my favourite places to for authentic Japanese cuisine. I love the sets that leave u extremely satiated after each meal. For students, the price range might be a little steep, but for school girls, I believe that you can always share a set since the portions are rather huge. I usually order a main dish and pay additional money for a set of rice, chwanmushi and miso soup. Their limited pork on leaf is one of my favourite dishes. The slices of tender pork are presented to you semi-raw while you wait for about 1 minute for it to be ready to be eaten. The sauce is salty-ish and I love it! Chawanmushi is really smooth and unlike other jap restaurants, these come with a slice of chicken, gingko nut, mushroom and crabmeat.

Staff there are friendly, fast and efficient too. Hygiene standards are high as I saw that their female waitresses had hair nets over their hair. I don’t see this in other restaurants. There is a card that will be given to each customer and you can redeem privileges once you have accumulated a certain number of chops on your card.

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Average Spent Per Person:
25
Best Part:
chwanmushi, sets
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Good Japanese Food
(Updated: October 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Ichiban Boshi offers a wide range of Japanese food that is pretty authentic in my opinion.

I went there for dinner one day, and ordered the Mushroom Soba. It was a bowl of hot soba noodles with a variety of mushroom in a really fragrant broth. It was perfect for a rainy day. The soup felt very homely, and the noodles were smooth and tasty. There was a generous serving of mushroom as well.

The waiters were friendly and prompt to serve, enhancing the dining experience. It can get very crowded during dinner time, so be prepared to wait, or go at odd timings.

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Average Spent Per Person:
18
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Are ex-staff allowed to review?
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
But nonetheless!

As me and my friends were staff here, I have helpfully rated 5 stars for our service. That besides, Ichiban Boshi is really a very affordable and value for money restaurant. For the ambiance and variety, I'm surprised it's not more expensive.

While you're here, always order our ice matcha. Do not settle for iced water, it will not do your meal justice. Being the drinks girl before, I can tell you happily that our matcha is from the finest powder and the purest water. A refreshing drink for any day.

Do not bother looking through the tiny menu. Order salmon sashimi, yellowtail, soft shell crab and chawanmushi. I have taken so many orders of these dishes that I'm convinced there is an addictive in them. These are the best sellers and they live up to their name.

For main courses, try anything soup based. Ichiban Boshi is a soup god, they can do no wrong with that. I love the aroma of the rice too. I have spent so many working hours just hopelessly looking at the food and crying on the inside.

Go to a less crowded branch so you have no competition for the sushi and to fully soak in the zen atmosphere of Ichiban. I recommend Centrepoint!

Best Japanese restuarant in town.

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Average Spent Per Person:
25
Best Part:
As listed!
Branch Location:
Centrepoint
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Fresh Ingredients Star In Simply Prepared Dishes
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Ichiban Boshi is a Japanese concept restaurant, no 2 outlets are similar in menu, ambience, and service. What is similar across the board for Ichiban Boshi restaurants is their commitment to use the freshest ingredients, simplicity in preparation and presentation, and reasonably priced and affordable Japanese cuisine.

Ambience is part of the concept of Ichiban Boshi, and revolves around transporting the diner to a locale in Japan. Decor and furniture could range from simple, to modern contemporary, to traditional. All Ichiban Boshi outlets feature a conveyor sushi belt as the center showpiece, behind which the various chefs go about their work. Part of their appeal is also the takeaway Sushi counter, prominently displayed outside Ichiban Boshi outlets, which are colourful and attractive.

Service at most Ichiban Boshi outlets are fast and efficient, though consistency of staff alertness and initiative differ greatly. Junior staff may sometimes struggle with menu knowledge, while experienced staff are very well versed in it. Staff are also trained to check on how your meal is going, and ask for feedback.

Food at Ichiban Boshi focuses mainly on Japanese sushi, sashimi, seafood, hot pots, and katsu. Quality and freshness of ingredients across all Ichiban Boshi is very good, and prices are reasonable for the high quality. Dishes are mostly tasty and flavourful, with the natural taste of ingredients as a highlight. Takeaways also tend to hold up well for 1 - 2 hours, though sushi is best consumed as soon as possible. Each Ichiban Boshi outlet also has a particular speciality, which means ordering the same items elsewhere gets you a lower quality, but still passable dish. Highly recommended to order the outlet's speciality, and skip those items that aren't.

The Chasoba With Inari Bean Skin features green tea infused soba noodles. The sweet bean skin lends a burst of flavour to the overall dish.

Hands down the most terrible dish here, the Chawanmushi is lacking in taste and presentation appeal. Highly recommended to avoid this.

The Chicken Katsu is meaty and juicy, with crisp battered skin. Well fried, but the skin is too thick and fatty for my liking, fortunately it's easy to remove.

Simple and uncomplicated, the Unagi Sandwich - BBQ Eel, Egg, Seaweed is a delight to eat, as what you see is what you taste.

There is a wide variety of Sushi here, all made fresh daily. Extremely popular in their takeaway counters, and at closing times, when all remaining Sushi is sold at discounted prices.

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Average Spent Per Person:
32
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
Chicken Katsu
Hand Roll Smoked Duck
Chasoba With Inari Bean Skin
Unagi Sandwich - BBQ Eel, Egg, Seaweed
Salmon Tataki
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