Home Food Reviews Ichiban Boshi @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Friends often wonder why I’m never impulsive. I think it has something to do with my upbringing. As a first-born, I have to set a good example for my siblings. Which explains why I tend to over-analyze things. When I saw the perfect pair of wedding shoes in Pavilion, I hesitated. It cost RM400 and I don’t find it practical to spend so much $$ on a pair I would only be wearing once. I walked away empty-handed.

But I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so rif took me back to the mall a few days later and got it for me (happy dance). If you’re curious about how the shoes look, check out my facebook page. While I believe I made a good choice with my wedding shoe, I didn’t with my choice of dinner place — Ichiban Boshi.

Nikutofu Gozen

Almost everything about this place annoyed me. The minute we stepped into the outlet, a sour-faced waiter greeted us, and led us to the back of the restaurant right next to the kitchen. Note that the place was only half full, so I didn’t see why he couldn’t seat us properly. Obviously, I insisted for a better table.

What you see

What you get

Food presentation was poor; it felt as though the chefs were upset at the management and decided to punish the customers by dishing out sub-standard food. rif’s Unagi Yanagawa (RM20.90) comprised four miserable slivers of eel in scrambled egg broth (the menu picture showed 8 slivers of eel). Tastewise, it was nothing to shout about and hardly enough to go with the rice provided.

What you see


What you get

My Nikutofu Gozen (RM24.90) was just as bad. 4 slices of beef and 4 pieces of tofu. While prices at Ichiban Boshi are reasonable, the scant portion makes the place poor value for money. My beef was hardly memorable, and the salmon sashimi wasn’t very fresh. I’m never ordering this again. That is, if I ever return to dine here.

Not so fresh salmon -_-

The staff forgot about our salmon cheese roll (RM11.90), which came 45 minutes later after three reminders. Tastewise, this was slightly better than our two mains, but still no where near good.

We paid RM69.70 for dinner, and walked away feeling ripped off.

Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 3/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: I wouldn’t say the food was crap, but it’s not good either. Definitely not value for money in my opinion.

Ichiban Boshi
Lot 1.14 (Level 1),
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
03-2141 6621

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Michelle Chin May 31, 2011 - 9:06 pm

Have you tried the hokkaido place at gardens yet?

"Joe" who is constantly craving May 31, 2011 - 11:40 pm

well its after all at the food court level haha. looks like kampachi is still the place to go in pavilion?

ulric June 1, 2011 - 12:22 am

Shud have gone to Sushi Tei or Tonkatsu on the 6th Flr…for almost the same price u get better quality :)

Sean June 1, 2011 - 5:34 am

this was one of the pioneer restaurants at pavilion, rite. i kinda recall it was one of the first outlets i visited when the mall opened, but i haven't returned since =)

LittleAsianGirl BigAppetite June 1, 2011 - 7:32 am

aww thats too bad that it was a disappointing meal…i like the idea of doing a "what you see" and "what you get" photo comparisons

A humble Taiping kaki June 2, 2011 - 8:25 am

Talking about Japanese, have you tried Kangen water? Should try it. It is very miraculous. Contact me if you want to try it in KL. Near to your place at Tmn Saputeh.

iamthewitch June 2, 2011 - 5:04 pm

I went to the Ichiban Boshi at Sunway Giza and I ordered the Gozen thingy that you did too. Wasn't impressed, wasn't impressed at all..


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