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Ichiban Boshi (Novena Square)

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This family restaurant serves user-friendly Japanese food, with regular promotions that encourage diners to try new types of regional cuisine. All the usual favourites are here: sushi, sashimi, tempura, handrolls, hotpots, rice and noodle dishes, and so on.

Daily: 11:30 - 22:00

+65 62557767
$22 based on 24 submissions
Dinner (8 votes), Lunch (8 votes), After Work (6 votes)
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Perfect dining experience, value for money!

Love the food varieties, staff service excellent each visit. I always feel full after leaving and I always choose the food combo each time as I find it to be worth the money. Forgot to take food pics, bought the hokkaido cheesecake after for picture taking.  Yum!

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18 Dec 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Lousy staff

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Slow service overall and restaurant manager seems to have bad attitude. Been there several times already because my children love to eat sushi. Now we just dine at the Ngee Ann City one which is better managed. When I said slow service I meant orders come slow even when restaurant isn't operating at full capacity. When I say bad attitude I meant that they seem to give seating priority to diners without children, sometimes skipping over families first in line. 
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20 Jun 2014 • 12 reviews • 0 follower

Perfect dining experience, value for money!

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Love the food varieties, staff service excellent each visit. I always feel full after leaving and I always choose the food combo each time as I find it to be worth the money. Forgot to take food pics, bought the hokkaido cheesecake after for picture taking.  Yum!
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11 Jun 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Slow Service. Food Average

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Took 10 mins for a hot tea and 15 mins for a coke light to be served, and took 30 mins for our food to come. When the food came, the rice was not served and was totally forgotten. We were seated in the other room (next to kitchen) where you can smell everything coming from the kitchen. Also smell like the kitchen after you finish your meal. One service staff who barely walks in, but when he does, give good service. I got so frustrated when our hot tea was hardly topped up that I got up and helped myself to the teapot. I suspect the restaurant is extremely understaffed in the kitchen and service side. Will not come back, there are other Ichiban-Boshis which are better.
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07 Jul 2012 • 579 reviews • 20 followers

Standard dropped

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I've long regarded Ichiban Boshi to be one of the better mass-market conveyor belt-style Japanese restaurant chains around, like Sushi Tei. However, with the closure of its Esplanade branch, which arguably was one of its better outlets, I've discovered that the quality of its food has definitely dropped a few notches.

I was at the Novena Square branch for a light bite, and it was quite the lackluster meal, with the sushi not being very fresh and the dishes tasting like they came out of a novice chef's kitchen. I couldn't understand how the restaurant was still bustling with business. Maybe the chefs were having an off day, or maybe their best chefs aren't posted to this outlet. In any case, the meal was utterly unsatisfactory.

In my view, Ichiban Boshi has relegated to becoming Sakae Sushi's competitor, which mostly caters to the not-very-fussy-about-food types, as opposed to Sushi Tei's more value-for-money quality Japanese fare. This is highly irregular, because Ichiban Boshi is associated with its pricier sister Kuriya, which serves really awesome Japanese cuisine.

We had:

1) Chuka Lidako Sushi ($2.10): seasoned mini octopus was rubbery and required a good amount of chewing to get through. This tasted a little stale as well.

2) Egg Mayo Inari ($3.90) wasn't half bad in comparison to the octopus sushi, the sushi rice was soft and sweet, the egg mayo was fresh, not too cloying and complemented the sweet beancurd skin wrapping

3) Crispy Spicy Tuna Mayo Maki ($2.10) : usually one of Ichiban Boshi's unique signatures, but today's version was disappointing, with the rice bed tasting like it was re-fried in tempura batter and texture being too mushy. We just scraped off the layer of tuna to eat

4) Chicken Katsu Toji ($10.90) - chicken cutlet with scrambled egg on a griddle plate: wasn't too bad, even if the chicken was a bit dry and tough. The eggs were still soft and fluffy and the light soy and onions sauce lent just the right amount of flavour

5) Dobinmushi ($7.90) - teapot soup made up of shrimp, chicken and vegetables in dashi stock: awful. The clear soup was way too saturated with the overpowering sweetness of prawns and to top it off, the prawn base didn't even taste fresh. I practically squeezed out the lime wedge and dunked the entire thing into the pot but its acidity still couldn't save the soup. I couldn't finish thi
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21 Apr 2012 • 1 review • 0 follower

Disappointing experience

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Went for dinner. It was already about 830pm so the line was not very long.

Service was ok. We ordered a salad, main course and yakitori. The main course came first so we started eating. We finished eating the main course and the salad was not here yet. We waited a while more and decided we might want to cancel it since we were done with our main, so we asked the waiter to cancel the salad and they said they were making it now (only now when we're done with our main course). So the salad came a while later and it was not fantastic.

The yakitori took even longer to come (we were unsure why it took so long as we were seated in view of the grill and it was not cooking much half of the time and they only started cooking our yakitori sticks some time after our main course came). The yakitori was disappointing as it was charred and overdone. The chef did not seem very experienced or serious about cooking the yakitori well as we saw him just take a scissors n snip off pieces of the yakitori that was charred and put the yakitori back on the grill. It was probably burnt as he left the yakitori sticks unattended on the grill and walked off. I couldn't even eat the leeks on my yakitori stick as they were burnt black.

The standard of this restaurant has dropped and this was a disappointing meal for $50.

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