Faced with a row of Japanese restaurants on the main road not far from the sprawling Oaks Hotel one evening, it was a little like choosing from clones. There was no particular reason that Ichibandori got our pick, but we were glad for the efficient and orderly delivery of dishes to the table.
|Spicy fish salad from Ichibandori, Military Road, Neutral Bay|
I'm pretty sure the dressing was Korean gochujang chilli bean paste or similar, and it worked for the most part although it bordered on too spicy for my tastes.
|Pan fried pork gyoza|
Most likely home made and not the frozen variety, these had deliciously juicy fillings of pork and cabbage and were only improved with the ponzu dipping sauce.
|Salmon and avocado roll|
The tobiko flying fish roe on top certainly helped the cause, but I think it was also the perfectly seasoned and not overly tightly packed rice that starred, as well as a squeeze of mayonnaise with the salmon and creamy, ripe avocado inside the roll.
With big ticks for the gyoza, sushi and kushikatsu, Ichibandori was a great pick out of the many, many Military Road options.