Far away from the Westside and Hollywood and Santa Monica and Downtown, in the west end of the San Fernando Valley, is one of my favorite restaurants: Sushi Ichiban Kan.
The restaurant is beautiful, from the front to the back, and the parking is FREE! Or at worst, you’ll have to park at a meter (which now run until 8pm) on Ventura. We went to dinner early, parked in the rear and entered through the back door. We were greeted and seated and then the real fun began
Dinner tonight was fantastic! Everything was fresh. Everything was prepared beautifully. The service was friendly and efficient. I’ve known the owner and masterchef Hirosuke and his wife for twenty years and have followed him from Kabuki in Northridge, to Hirosuke in Encino, and now to the new restaurant Ichiban Kan on Ventura Blvd in Tarzana, between Corbin and Winnetka. Trust me, if you love sushi it is definitely worth the trip from wherever you are.
On the menu tonight: stuffed shitaki mushrooms stuffed with creamy crab starter, miso soup, green salad, spicy tuna and blue crab handrolls (with no rice), an assorted sashimi combination (with tuna, albacore, yellowtail, salmon), assorted tempura and an iced green tea.
It’s not cheap, but it’s not “over the top” expensive. You can get a lot worse and pay a lot more at other places. This is top of the line fish, that rivals Nobu, and it’s a real value for sushi lovers. Be sure to tell Hiro-san that I sent you!
Sushi Ichiban Kan – 19723 Ventura Blvd in Tarzana http://www.sushiichiban-kan.com