Cheap. Quick. Japanese. Those were the 3 things we wanted before flying out to interstate for a wedding just for the weekend (hence why I made the Bride & Groom cakepops). I immediately thought of Ichiban Boshi in The Galleries despite not having been in several years since the goold old uni days.
Knowing how busy this place gets (no bookings, it’s first in first serve and with a paper ticket system) I knew we had to try to be there quite early. No wait time and straight to the table we go.
Iced Green Tea Cappuccino $4.80
Every 1 in 2 tables around us had this green frothy drink. We ask our waiter what it was and he tells us that it’s a Green Tea Cappuccino. It sounds interesting so we order it. It’s a little weird tasting for me. It’s not your average cap but rather it’s frothy milk and green tea. Because of the bitter nature of the green tea, a side of sugar syrup is required and mixed in to your liking. Would I order it again? No but it was good to try. I realised I’m not a fan of asian flavoured drinks/beverages.
Deep Fried Chicken with Original Sauce $8.50
Is it deep fried chicken or is it chicken karaage? It is the same to me! This chicken is unbelievably good. The batter is thin (not floury) but yet is seasoned really well that it has it’s own flavour. We were given big and succulent pieces. Despite having their finger licking special zingy sauce drizzled all over the chicken, the chicken remained crunchy.
Tempura Salmon Roll $9.50
I love how light and crunchy tempura batter is, period. My initial thoughts were that the tempura sushi was going to be heavy and saturated in oil. Instead, it’s quite light and the batter adds texture to the dish. The salmon was still pink so kudos to the chef who cooked it perfectly. The dish didn’t wow me but it sure was tasty.
Tempura Udon $13
The boy has a soft spot for udon noodles. We were a little disappointed that there wasn’t more udon dishes on offer, but at least there were some. The broth, I feel, was lacking a bit of flavour. It was there, but it wasn’t addictive where I just wanted to pick up the bowl and drink the soup instead of using a spoon. We forgot to ask the chef if he could serve the tempura prawns on the side of the dish and as we knew it, they ended up being soggy. Nonetheless it was a decent dish.
Tantanmen Ramen $13.00
Because the boy opted for udon, I decided to select a ramen dish. There was just so many to choose from (menu here). After tossing up between the tonkotsu and tantanmen, I went for the one I hadn’t tried before – the tantanmen, which is (as per the menu), a traditional spicy ramen topped with minced pork, boiled egg and choy sum vegetables. I really enjoyed it. It was jam packed with flavour and was a lot richer than the previous udon. This was much more satisfying. I love how the sesame seeds gave both flavour and texture.
We were in and out within 45 minutes. Definitely ticked all our requirements – cheap, quick and Japanese.
Level 2, The Galeries
500 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9262 7677