I went with one of my friends to Ichi-ban Boshi in The Galeries today. I thought I was hungry - but I guess not hungry enough. I ordered a karaage don and an iced green tea cappuccino, which I thought wouldn't be hard to finish, but it was. I ended up having to take most of my karaage don away.
For only $12, the karaage don comes with the main dish, which is of course Japanese fried chicken with rice. It also comes with miso soup and salad. I found the Japanese fried chicken with rice at Ichi-ban Boshi rather interesting. The Japanese fried chicken didn't taste dry and crispy, the way it's normally cooked in Japanese restaurants. Instead, the taste of the Japanese fried chicken was more like the teriyaki chicken that you usually find in Japanese restaurants because of the wetness of the sauce. There was also something unique about the sauce that was poured over the Japanese fried chicken - I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was, but it tasted like something in between vinegar, fruit and wine.
The iced green tea cappuccino was definitely not the best matcha that I've had. However, it was much better than a matcha that I had earlier in the day, which was very disappointing to say the least. The iced green tea cappuccino at Ichi-ban Boshi comes in a tall triangular-shaped glass, and with sugar water that is served in a separate container. That way, you can choose to have as much or as little sugar in your iced green tea cappuccino as you like. There's also a distinctive milk foam that's served on the top of the iced green tea cappuccino, which I mixed into my drink before tasting it.
I've heard many stories of people waiting to be seated at Ichi-ban Boshi. To be honest, I didn't find it to be a spectacular meal. It was however quite decent, and it's even better when you have great company to share the meal with.