Ichiban Boshi

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Comfortable, delicious, almost classy.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
The distinction between Ichiban Boshi and its younger brother Ichiban Sushi is clear. For one, its service staff is better trained (or seems to be) and service standards usually are far better here. The ambience I find is also better: dim/warm yellow lighting as opposed to the bright lights that Ichiban Sushi favours - an attempt at bringing across a sense of 'class' that is fairly succesful.

Food wise - Ichiban Boshi is one of my preferred restaurants for Japanese dining (the others being Itacho and Rakuzen). You may wonder why I don't stick to a single restaurant: the answer is that different restaurants have different areas of specialty and you don't want to keep eating the same thing over and over. For Ichiban Boshi, their specialty lies in their set meals which are quite sumptous. Most of them come with Chawanmushi, Rice, Miso Soup, and usually Sashimi. In the absence of the last item, the set usually comes with Soft Shell Crab/Agedashi Tofu/something of similar value instead, usually when the main course already features raw salmon. You can tremendous bang for your buck when ordering their set meals, some of which are large enough to share for two people with relatively small appetites. They also have a large variety of set meals so no matter your preference (i.e. Sukiyaki, Raw Fish, Chicken, Beef, etc) - they've got you covered.

A plus point they have is also their loyalty card where you get a stamp for every $20 you spend. This card can eventually be exchanged for vouchers depending on how far in you are, and you get to redeem free items like Agedashi Tofu and Sashimi along the way as well. Personally, this incentivises me to spend in multiples of 20.

All in all, a solid Japanese restaurant which consistently serves up enjoyable Japanese fare. Sushi is creative (recommended to try "The Peak" and their Salmon Avocado Handroll, both of which are unique to them) and Sashimi fresh. They don't serve free green tea though.

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Branch Location:
Marine Parade (Parkway)
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
YN
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Sashimi For Your Belly & aBudget
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
I have a confession. I have a perpetual sashimi craving. It is absolutely insatiable. And absurd high pricings are just too huge a barrier for students to cross. (Oh, I forgot to mention. Japanese cuisine is one of my all-time favourite.)

Ichiban Boshi is absolutely amazing though. They have such fresh food at such affordable prices! Freshness is at its peak especially during peak hours, lunch/dinner period. This is especially so for the sashimi. The inexplicable mix of coolness and tenderness that melts in your mouth is simply astounding for the price you pay.

It might not match-up to higher-end Japanese restaurants in their quality and taste, but for budget-conscious students (or even adults! Singapore is a hell of a money black hole, don't we all know...) like me, it does well. It's definitely better than ready-packed boxes at supermarkets, and I personally think Ichiban Boshi does it better than Sakae, in both quality and service.

Service is impressive. Even during the busiest of peak periods. The staff is always ready with a smile and responds well and efficiently to your requests. Although there are time it takes slightly more effort to get their attention, I do understand that it's impossible to keep-up with customers' unending demands. And their politeness and promptness upon your request makes up for it too. So on the overall, their service ranks well in my charts.

Ichiban Boshi is definitely my topmost option when I have a Japanese craving to curb. ^_^

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Best Part:
FRESH SASHIMI
Branch Location:
Jem
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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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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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!

Optional Information:

Average Spent Per Person:
10
Best Part:
sushi
Branch Location:
takashimaya
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
D
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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
MW
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Good food, but nothing too special
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
3.5
As the only person among my friends who have not tried the food at Ichiban Boshi, I was dragged there and convinced that I would be going back there for more. Perhaps I had too high an expectation, but I wasn't tasting what my friends were tasting. I thought that while the sushi was good, it doesn't stand out from other Japanese shops that I have tried so far.

To be fair, I didn't really order anything from the menu (such as the noodles, etc). Most of the food I had was selected off the conveyer belt. I did like their salmon sushi roll and spicy tuna. I also ordered their soft shell crab handroll, but I think I've tasted better ones before. The seaweed was slightly tough and I had quite a hard time biting it off. My friend's, however, was perfectly crispy so I can guess you can say the food is slightly inconsistent in that aspect.

For dessert, we ordered their Brownie and Tempura Ice Cream. These 2 were easily the best meals I had at Ichiban Boshi. The brownie had nuts in it and topped with vanilla ice cream. I thought that it could have tasted better if the brownie was heated up just slightly before being served. The contrast between the warm brownie and cold ice cream would have been a nice contrast. The tempura ice cream is basically ice cream inside a shell of fried tempura, drizzled with strawberry sauce. I really enjoyed this one but the sweetness might be a little overwhelming for some.

Customer service isn't too bad, although it took quite some time for our orders to reach our table. Be sure to make reservations if you are going there for dinner as it will be completely packed. My friends and I had to wait around 20 minutes before we eventually got seats. Prices here are a little steep too (Between the 3 of us, we spent a total of $106) but maybe that's because we kept taking plates off the conveyer belt without realizing it.

I thought that this place is decent and I might go back sometime. There is definitely potential and lots of room for improvement.

Optional Information:

Average Spent Per Person:
35
Best Part:
Tempura Ice Cream
Branch Location:
Nex
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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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.

Optional Information:

Average Spent Per Person:
25
Best Part:
chwanmushi, sets
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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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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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.

Optional Information:

Recommend to Friend:
Yes
J
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