Ichima Ichima
325 N. Rosemead Blvd. (Foothill Blvd.)
Pasadena, CA 91107
Cuisine: Japanese / Sushi
Popular neighborhood sushi bar, offering a wide selection of rolls, as well as teriyaki and udon.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner daily


Ichima Restaurant Review:

Tucked into the corner of a shopping center parking lot is this reliable, albeit unremarkable, neighborhood Japanese restaurant with a horseshoe-shaped sushi bar and traditional décor. The sushi is hardly first-rate, but the prices are agreeable and most fish represents reasonably good quality. Typical appetizers include avocado-stuffed eggrolls, soft shell crab, and yellowtail collar. Some dishes underwhelm --- pasty tuna tartare slathered on wonton chips topped with tempura crumbs --- but are generously plated and manage to satisfy a quick fix. A wide selection of rolls, such as the "lava lamp" --- albacore and baked salmon inside, topped with seared garlic and tempura flakes --- keeps the regulars happy, along with decent teriyaki dishes. Dessert takes the form of fried bananas and ice cream.

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