Ichiban - Japanese Restaurant in Santiago

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 22:11:34 -0300

So, Chile has a decent Japanese restaurant, at a price.

Paulina was working late in Calan and I suggested we meet somewhere near to
her work for a meal; Ichiban was an obvious choice since we like Japonese food
and it has a good reputation.

And it lived up to its reputation.  We had some tasty fried gyosas to start,
then 3 sets of rolls.  I can't remember exactly which, but the looked
impressive, had a variety of textures and reasonably varied tastes.  In truth,
they were stronger on appearance and texture than taste, but so far ahead of
anything else I have seen in Chile that it seems childish to mention.

Portions are decent - if we went again we wouldn't order the starters.

But.  We're talking Vitacura.  Shiny people (I know, I must appear as an
archetype of shiny personhood to many Chileans).  And shiny prices - the above
plus a coke and a pisco sour for 33.000.

But I don't know anywhere else in Chile where you can get "interesting"
Japanese food like this.  It could certainly be better, but it's head and
shoulders above the standard "California Rolls" factories (or Peruvian fusion
places) you find elsewhere.

Andrew