Today I grabbed lunch at Ichiban Sushi in Pacific Beach, San Diego. I have seen the place for years, and often seen a lot of people going in.
It is by a bunch of tatoo parlors, but looked upscale so I thought it would be high end.
When you go inside, they ask you to order, pay, and then sit and wait for your food.
It is a modified fast food theme.
The workers were all Mexican, and the menu limited to lower priced sushi items, but also had noodles, and tempura.
I was starving. The sushi rolls that I ordered were huge. The spicey sauce was really good. The overall effect of the place was very lower middle class, which made me suspicious of the food. On the other hand it tasted good. I want to say it wasn’t as fresh, or wasn’t as good as more high end sushi places, but it may have been that my opinion was just influenced by the decor, selling style and overly worn surfaces.
Every bite tasted good, and I would head back there again.
In the end, I feel like I went to a neighborhood hamburger stand that has been around for a while, but still has good solid food.
I left full, after spending $16 including tip for a huge sushi lunch. Who can complain about that?