Ichiban Japanese Noodle Café
- Telephone 0141 204 4200
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm; Sun 1–10pm
- Average price £7.50 (set lunch); (evening meal)
- Website www.ichiban.co.uk
This review is taken from the 2014 edition.
Translating from Japanese into English as ‘one’ this noodle bar and sushi stop has been busy since opening on Dumbarton Road ten years ago. In common with its Queen Street twin, diners take up their places on benches alongside large wooden tables amid bright lighting and flashing flat screens in an informal laid-back set up. A compartmentalised menu offers big bowls of noodles in broth, stir -fries, chilli and curry dishes with a wealth of side dishes and made-to-order sushi – catering for those familiar with Japanese eating as well as those trying to navigate it for the first time. A generous bento box stuffed with gyoza (deep-fried vegetable pastry parcels), California rolls, onigiri (big pillows of rice) and sticky sweet duck with garlic and soy, includes a side of miso and is arguably more than enough for one person to handle. A generously sized temaki cone contains omelette and crabstick and is sprinkled with jewel-like roe, while the savoury tentsuyu broth of the agedashi tofu, brings out the subtle soy flavour of the soft bean curd.
- High point: Speedy, tasty, informal eating
- Low point: Danger of over-eating
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs
- Music on stereo: A range of housey beats
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 1998
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £12 per bottle