Because Southern Californians can’t get enough sushi, it’s always great to see a new sushi spot opening up in town. The latest to hit Old Pasadena is Ichi Gyo Ichi Et.
Ichi Gyo Ichi Et has roots in Tokyo. Chef Mamoru Tatemori is renowned in Tokyo for his quality sushi and has won numerous accolades including AAA’s prestigious 4 Diamond Restaurant Award and being named Best Restaurant in Tokyo from 2014-2017. Tatemori, his namesake restaurant received a coveted Michelin star but the Chef gained notoriety when he returned it so that his regular customers would be able to get reservations.
Ichi Gyo Ichi Et opened on Fair Oaks, close to the Cheesecake Factory and in walking distance of the free parking structure. The restaurant is spacious and open with a sushi bar that seats more than just a couple and plenty of tables. So far, the restaurant has been open for special occasions including Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year and is already taking reservations for Mother’s Day. The restaurant is also planning to host special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and any other events that you might want to celebrate with sushi.
Check out the $70 omakase menu, which pairs well with the extensive selection of sake, wine, and shochu. You can even chat with the sake sommelier about the in’s and out’s of sake and try a tasting flight on a Friday night.
The menu is fairly broad and eclectic with classic nigari sushi alongside some newer styled favorites like a Wagyu foie gras appetizer and a blue crab avocado dip or Truffle Shoyu fries that are already a local hero. You can also check out some traditional as well as creative rolls, tempura fried bites, and even dessert and cocktails. And for non-sushi eaters, there are rolls filled with vegetables such as the vibrant beet roll or the “Walk in the Forest.” Check out fried roots, which are also featured on some of the beautifully plated dishes.
Quality sushi can be tough to find in a city with a special roll on every corner, but there are high hopes that Ichi Gyo Ichi Et will stick around as a new neighborhood joint.
Ichi Gyo Ichi Et – 61 S Fair Oaks Ave Ste 110 Pasadena, CA 91105 – (626) 219-6238
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