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Ichibei
Ichibei
Sushi at Ichibei
Japanese Pickled Vegetables at Ichibei
Natto at Ichibei
Sukiyaki at Ichibei
Sushi at Ichibei
Sushi at Ichibei
Ichibei
Ichibei
Foods from Ichibei
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2010 Mar 4
Hey Niall! Awesome! I was actually going to add umeshu as a connection :D What is the difference between plum wine and umeshu?

I introduced my dining companions to it last week - they were huge fans as well. Umeshu rokku was my drink of choice in Tokyo this January and I was so happy to find a place in Ottawa that has it!

2010 Mar 4
Your mention made me go again this past Monday, Pam. :) I had been there years ago, and I can't tell what may have changed, but not much.

The tempuras are okay, reasonably light but not thin. Didn't feel greasy.

I had a few nigiris - definitely nice, maybe a touch more rice than I had hoped, but it all depends on the chef - and Mondays may not have the best chef on, for understandable reasons. The octopus nigiri was uncooked and a little larger than other places, including some of the first rings - very, um, chewy. Not bad, just chewy. :)

I had the Ichibei Special, with salmon and other pieces (I forget) which were quite nice. I felt I had a tasty meal that wasn't heavy but still filled me up.

They do serve a wonderful umeshu (and the waitress seemed impressed I asked if it was regular plum wine or actual umeshu - then again, I might be mistaken in umeshu types, with and without the plums in the bottle) for a reasonable price, which complements the meal most nicely. No cold sakÚs listed, maybe it's a different menu, or you have to ask/know.

Decor is quite charming, music unobtrusive, it really is stepping far away from Bank street for a little while.

A touch expensive still, but I may sample more sushi. I don't know if they do o-makase (though I think I've had this at another place in town thanks to another foodie), nor do I think I'm quite ready for it, but maybe someday...

Pam: Hartman sushi?? That's the very definition of desperation. :)

2010 Mar 4
Ichibei Kamikaze roll. Best roll I've ever had, EVER.

This place needs to be discovered. I like it better than Genji and Wasabi.

2010 Mar 4
Went back the other night - I can't believe how close this place has been to me all along btw!

This is the "platter" we got of miscellaneous sashimi/sushi. Those "sweet shrimp" are delicious but I don't think I'll order them again. The eyes were a little much for me (you rip their heads off before eating them).

2010 Feb 22
Amazing sushi - I just got back from two weeks in Japan and it's ALMOST - ALMOST as good as the sushi I had there. Definitely the best sushi in Ottawa.

Someone mentioned the decorations are tacky - that's actually the way real sushi restaurants in Japan are decorated. I felt like I was back in Tokyo.

2009 Jul 11
Confuseus say (to Pam) usually best nor found afar but right under nose

2009 Jul 11
What?? This place is a block away from me? Why the heck have I been eating Hartman's sushi?

2009 Jul 10
Best Udon in town hands down. Sushi is average to good, #2 in Ottawa after Genji I think, although varies pretty heavily from day to day. Traditional japanese interior is my favourite in Ottawa. Very relaxing.

2008 Jul 6
This is the best sushi in town. Bar none. I am talking melt in your mouth goodness. I found out about it when I was in the hospital from a nurse.

2008 Jan 18
I like their cold noodle salad too, it's sooo delicious! me and my bf always orders an extra!

we also like their beef tataki(?) - fresh chilled raw beef slices served with spring onion, green onion in the soy-flavoured sauce, it's so good!

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2008 Feb 1
Here's a sushi plate from Ichibei. My favourites are unagi (BBQ eel), mackerel (saba) and tuna (maguro maybe?).

2006 Sep 26
More Ichibei sushi. God this makes me hungry!

2006 Sep 26
A sampling of sushi from Ichibei, again from 2001.




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2008 Feb 1
Here's some delicious sukiyaki from Ichibei. It's served with a raw egg that you crack at the table in a little bowl. It's for coating the sukiyaki pieces. Then you eat the egg-coated morsels with a bowl of white rice. At first I was hesitant to eat raw egg, but it's the authentic way, and you just got to live dangerously sometimes!

Oh, and that's my sake-containing Tanuki (Japanese raccoon) posing with the food.




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2010 Aug 26
I'm a natto fanatic and have tried mixing natto with a variety of things: dijon mustard, peanut butter, yogurt . . . .

Mixing with yogurt completely removes the natto taste and smell. Not good if you like natto, but given that natto is very healthy to consume, it would make it palatable for those that don't (like natto).

2008 Feb 1
Natto are fermented soy beans. They are essentially half decomposed by bacteria! They are coated with a slippery, cheesy, stringy sauce. They don't smell very good at first whiff. But they are an acquired taste, so if you keep trying them, you, too, will eventually grow to love natto. I know a person who loves them so much, he maintains a natto stash in his freezer! This natto is from Ichibei, and it comes with tuna, which is a very nice combination.




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2008 Feb 1
Here are Ichibei's Japanese pickled vegetables. The pink ones are cucumber, the purple ones are eggplant and the yellow pickle is of daikon, a member of the radish family that looks like a giant, white carrot. As usual, my little tanuki is presiding over my delicious appetizer.




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