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Sushi Ichiban’s Secret Tempura Dish

Veg'n Out

January 16, 2011

Story By: Dining Out Team |

You’re in the mood for some quick, delicious Japanese food, but since you’re not a meat eater, you may overlook Sushi Ichiban just because of its name. If you’re like me, when you think of sushi, fish, of course, first comes to mind. Oh, sure, there may be a cucumber roll on the menu, but that’s about it.

  • The Vegetarian Tempura ($8.95) can be had at Sushi Ichiban by special request only.
  • Manager Manny Nakasenh serves up an order of Vegetarian Tempura, which includes carrots, zucchini and eggplant.
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Hold on to your chopsticks.

Sushi Ichiban manager Manny Nakasenh has let Veg’n Out in on a tantalizing little secret — and, of course, we’re more than happy to share it with all of our readers out there who choose to go meatless.

You won’t find Vegetarian Tempura on the menu — it’s by request only — but the restaurant is happy if customers are happy, so just ask! It’s that simple.

Nakasenh assures us that they use no eggs in the tempura batter, in which carrots, zucchini, eggplant, onions and mushrooms are dipped and then quickly fried.

“It’s nice and light and crispy,” he says.

Served with miso soup (which gets its flavor from nutrient-rich seaweed, not fish, says Nakasenh), salad, rice and tsukemono (Japanese pickles), this satisfying, full-course lunch costs just $8.95.

Now that’s enough to make any veggie lover smile!

Sushi Ichiban

  • Where
    • 3579 Waialae Avenue
    • Honolulu, HI 96816
  • Call
    • (808) 737-8820
  • Hours
    • 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Monday – Sunday