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October 24th, 2012
All You Can Eat Returns!
Really? Yep. Last year it was very popular, you asked for it to come back sometime, and now's the time! We're including Nigiri and remind you of our No-Lose Guarantee!
All you roll and nigiri lovers out there may have met your match with this one, but even so it's a great deal if you're craving 'em, or if there's a few "I've always wanted to try ......" selections in the back of your mind.
Included are every Roll and Temaki (hand roll) on our menu, except for the Dungeness Crab Roll/Temaki (Peter's concerned about being able to keep sufficient inventory of this quite-perishable and pricey delicacy). These aren't "stripped-down" versions for this promotion, either - they're the Original Real Deal Rolls that you've loved for years.
And now, we've made it even better - our fantastic 6-Piece Nigiri Assortment is also included in this deal! That's right, six chef's-choice pieces of popular nigiri sushi, plus a chef's-choice Hosomaki Roll and a bowl of Miso soup. You can mix and match, switch back and forth from rolls to the 6-piece - go nuts!
This means you could indulge in a Seventh Heaven Roll, a round of 6-pc Nigiri, then a Spider Roll, maybe a delicious Rosana or Spicy Ahi Temaki - just for starters. Assuming you're still hungry after that, we've got plenty more to choose from - almost anything goes for one flat price: just $29.95.
You know we always strive to treat you right and deliver great value, so let's remind you of our No-Lose Guarantee on this deal: if you find you're just not as hungry as you thought and your orders total less than $29.95 based on menu prices, we will only charge you for what you've received anytime you want to throw in the towel. Saving a lot of money with this deal is pretty easy, but let's say you've only managed 3 items totaling $24.50 ...... that's all you'll be charged. So there's zero risk of thinking you didn't get your money's worth, right? Where else have you seen a promise like that?
There are just a few rules to make this a great deal for you and possible for us:
- This offer is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, both Lunch and Dinner, for a limited time. Our Hours are 11:30 - 1:30 for Lunch and 5:00 - 8:00 for Dinner Tuesday-Thursday.
- No sharing with others, please; it's $29.95 per person.
- Dine-In only; no takeout, no leftovers, no doggie bags please.
- Menu items only; no custom rolls or substitutions, but deletions are fine (requests for No Tobikko or No Wasabi, for instance). Our Dungeness Crab Rolls and Temaki are not included.
- You may order several items at a time, and order more at any time, but we'll serve two to start with, then the rest one at a time as you finish previous items. This helps prevent food waste and allows our chefs to keep up with others' orders simultaneously as well. Your server will be happy to enter and keep track of as many as you wish, if you know what you'd like in advance ...... "Seven Seventh Heaven Rolls, please" is just fine; you may draw a crowd of cheerleading fans and will earn our admiration if you finish 'em all!
So how's that for a great deal this Fall? We're eager to see you go for it, so round up three or four hungry friends and put us to the test!
Sept. 21, 2012
Delivery Now Available!
Over the years we've gotten occasional requests for delivery service in addition to our takeout, but for various reasons it hasn't been possible ...... until now!
Beginning today, we're partnering with a new, local Port Townsend company (Wright Away Delivery) to offer home delivery within city limits! Wright Away will be working with several great local restaurants, in addition to offering their own beverages and treats, and we're happy to be part of their inaugural members!
You'll be able to have anything on our menu, except alcoholic beverages, brought directly to you at our regular menu price, plus a small delivery charge. Initially, delivery will be available Thurs/Fri/Sat, both lunch and dinner, but may be expanded to meet customer demand and delivery capacity.
As you see above, there's a special phone number to call (for deliveries only) - you'll be placing your order directly with Wright Away, and they've been trained about our menu and options, but we'll be ready to help and clarify things if necessary. In the beginning, please bear with us both as we work out the kinks, but we're sure this will be a handy option for you and we hope you'll patronize Wright Away for years to come - it's a great new local service!
June 8, 2012
While they last - Wild-Caught Large Prawns and Copper River Sockeye Salmon!
During June, while supply lasts, we're featuring wild-caught Copper River Sockeye Salmon from Alaska for all our salmon selections and wild-caught large Prawns!
May 28, 2012
Our New Salmon Salad Roll!
Our new Salmon Salad Roll - cooked salmon, English cucumber, a little Japanese mayo, green onion, a bit of salt and pepper all combine to create a memorable, and very tasty, new addition to our Specials Board. Now available both Lunch and Dinner for just $8.95!
April 27, 2012
Now Available - Sparkling Hard Ciders!
Now Available - Finnriver Sparkling Hard Ciders! From just down the road in Chimacum, these are absolutely delicious and just in time for warming weather! Choose from Dry Hopped, Black Current or Sparkling Pear.
April 12, 2012
New Appetizer - Swai Dippers!
Our newest appetizer is a Swai fish fillet, sliced for easy dipping and fried to order with your choice of light golden-brown Tempura coating, crunchy Panko crumbs or a combo of both, as shown here.
Served hot and juicy, you'll also get 3 dipping sauces of your choice. Here you see the "standard collection" of Seven Element, Wasabi Mayo and Chili Miso but you can request any three of our dozen sauces including even Salad Dressing or lemon slices if you prefer.
Swai Dippers are a perfect appetizer for two and make an ideal Kids Meal too - we even have 3 sauces chosen just for kids: Teriyaki, Honey Garlic and Tonkatsu.
Available both Lunch and Dinner, our new Swai Dippers are only $8.95 and we know you'll love 'em!
If you're curious, more info about Swai may be found by clicking here.
March 28, 2012
The All-You-Can-Eat deal expires TOMORROW, Thurs. March 29th!
February 12, 2012
New Reviews section added to this website - check it out to read and write reviews about us!
October 11, 2011
Beginning Tuesday, October 18th, our Dinner hours will be 5pm - 8pm Tues/Wed/Thur
- we're cutting back just an hour midweek since it's getting dark, cold and depopulated downtown these days.
We'll still be open until 9pm Fridays and Saturdays (weather permitting) as usual. In fact, if folks are still streaming in at 8:10pm during the week, we're not going to chase you back out the door - creating happiness is the goal!
So starting next week, here's the schedule for a few months:
Lunch: Tues - Sat 11:30 - 1:30
Dinner: Tues - Thurs 5:00 - 8:00 Fri - Sat 5:00 - 9:00
Free Okinawan Eisa Dance Performance June 12th @ 3:30
Please mark your calendars for this Saturday afternoon (June 12th) to drop by for a unique and one-time Japanese dance and drumming performance! Our sushi chef, Peter Nakamura, has arranged for a group of Eisa performers to entertain one and all, for free, with unique Okinawan folk dancing.
We'll be staging it right in front of our fish hut and the weather is predicted to be sunny & mid-60s so it should be ideal for experiencing something you've probably never seen before. We encourage you to arrive a little early for the best view.
It promises to be a lot of fun and there's no charge, so come on down and bring your friends and cameras!
Memorial Day, 2010
Thank You, Vets.
November 19, 2008
Best Asian Food for 2008!
We did it, thanks to you - Best Asian Food 2008!
Thanks to our loyal customers' support in this year's PT Leader Best Foods survey,
we're Number One for the first time! Over the years we've racked up a 2nd or 3rd
just about every year, but culinary competition is tough in this little town -
this is our first First Place for Best Asian Food. We appreciate the effort of
everyone who entered a vote for us this year; it wouldn't have happened without you.
If you'd like to see (some of) our smiling faces, take a look at the awards section of today's paper (Nov. 19th) which has complete coverage of all the
categories and winners or
if you'd like to see the category winners online, sans pix. Isn't it amazing how many great places to dine we have in our area?
October 30, 2008
It's new! It's Swai, our latest seafood introduction that we think
you'll really enjoy. Long popular in, and imported from, South Vietnam,
Swai is a mild, fairly-firm whitefish that's comparable to sole, cod or flounder.
We prepare it fried after dusting with a panko breading, and it's absolutely delicious
- light and flavorful. If you've had one of our Bento Boxes the last couple of weeks
you've probably had an opportunity to sample it; Peter has been introducing it to
customers this month and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive - folks seem
to love Swai so it's now been added to our Specials board.
In addition to inclusion in Bento Boxes from time to time, you'll be able to order
it as a full entree (including salad, miso soup and rice) during Lunch and Dinner.
We hope you'll give it a try, and remember that as always we offer a money-back
guarantee on Swai and everything else on our menu - we encourage you to experiment
and try new things; we'll gladly refund the purchase price if you're not completely
Swai is being market-tested in our area by our seafood distributors, so future
availability isn't guaranteed - but if it catches on as we think it will,
it'll be a fixture around here.
And for the Uni fans out there, the reviews are in and this season's harvest
is getting thumbs-up all around; again this year, our local Uni divers are bringing
us terrific live, fresh urchin each week.
J. Garcia RIP & Rebirth
Heads-up to fans of our popular, long-running line of Jerry Garcia wines
(Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay) - they're going away. That's the bad news.
The good news is that they're coming back - in a different bottle.
We've been out of the Cab for a couple of months now and never got any info as to why;
we figured they were between vintages. We were just notified, though, that the winery
(Clos du Bois, Geyserville CA) has not renewed its licensing contract with the Garcia
estate, so the JG brand is coming to an end. At least one Deadhead on our crew will
be missing the annual bottle-art updates.
However, Clos du Bois will continue to offer exactly the same wines in their own
labeled bottles, so if you liked the JGs you'll still be able to enjoy the same
great taste, albeit under a different name, so please don't be surprised if your
server asks if the substitution is ok with you.
August 27, 2008
Fourth Year In A Row:
"Best Japanese Food"
Again this year, we're delighted and humbled to have won Best Japanese Food in Jefferson
County for 2008, as judged by the readers of the Peninsula Daily News. This is our fourth
win in a row, so naturally we're delighted and are absolutely thankful for your loyalty
and support - we'll keep working to live up to the reputation we've established over the last 8 years.
The official announcement was made today (Wed Aug 27th) in a special section of the PDN.
June 21, 2008
May 15, 2008
Fortunately, no. You've no doubt heard of restricted-selling policies here and there and actual rice shortages
elsewhere in the world, but fortunately we've been able to avoid any serious issues getting the rice we need
(although we came awfully close to being worried a couple of times!). It's obvious that rice is a core ingredient
for our entire business, and our longtime relationship with suppliers is paying off in their making sure we get the
supply we need week to week. (In case you're wondering, we use more than 500 lbs each month.)
It's come at a cost though; at the moment rice is costing us 49% more than it did at the beginning of the year
and it's likely to go higher still, along with virtually all the rest of our raw materials.
The good news is that there's no real reason to be worried about domestic rice availability. About 90% of the
rice used in the USA is grown here, and farmers are reporting absolutely no problems with the current crop and
the new plantings. So please help spread the word that we're ok here in the USA and there's no reason to panic
or hoard supplies, which just exacerbates the problem and increases costs for everybody in the short run.
We'll all be fine. If the situation changes, we'll see what we can create with creamed corn and lima beans for our menu.
And if you've ever wondered why we occasionally run out of sushi rice near the end of an evening, please click
on the "FAQ" link at the left for more information; we've added a little essay about its preparation.
December 7, 2007
We Now Accept PT Town Dollars!
50 ways to shop locally in Port Townsend!
A great way for your customers, employees, friends and neighbors to take
advantage of the wide variety of businesses in our town - more than 50 right from the start!
The new Main Street Town Dollars Gift Card has all the same benefits
as any gift card you might purchase from any national retail chain.
As you can see,
it's beautifully-designed and it's refillable, so you'll be
proud to give them and even keep one handy for yourself.
Sponsored by Port Townsend Main Street Program and First Federal Savings and Loan,
your Town Dollars Card keeps dollars circulating in our local economy.
Click here for more information
about Town Dollars, including the list of participating merchants and locations to buy and refill
Town Dollars cards.
November 7, 2007
Please help support the Masci Medical Fund
The last few weeks you may have
seen reports of Geoff Masci's recent cancer-fighting amputation,
upcoming heart surgery and Sue Wahlgren's initial cancer treatment.
If not, please see these two PT Leader links for more
Geoff's note to PT
Geoff and Sue have been longtime
customers and friends, and we're happy to see if we can do a
little bit to help out with the medical expenses they're
facing. So in conjunction with his other friends, we have put a
donation jar at the front counter.
In addition, you may add a donation in any amount to
your lunch/dinner ticket here at Ichikawa, which will give
you a receipt for your records. All these funds will be passed
through 100% - we will cover any credit-card processing fees
that may be associated with them, so you can be assured your
entire contribution goes to Geoff and Sue. Just ask your server
to put it on your bill, and our sincere thanks in advance for
any assistance you may be able to provide.
July 26, 2007
Thanks to you, we won
March 8, 2007
Thanks to our loyal customers and hard-working staff, we've been
selected Best Japanese Food in Jefferson County once
again by the readers of the Peninsula Daily News - for the
year in a row!
And again this year, we're very grateful to you all for your support.
Closed until March 13th
We're very sorry for any inconvenience, but we are forced to be closed until lunch on Tuesday March 13th. We closed yesterday (Wed) and today as well.
Peter Nakamura had to have some surgery on his right hand to remove a barb from a piece of Uni (sea urchin) he was cleaning a few weeks ago. He thought (and so did the doctors on first examination) he'd gotten it all out long ago but apparently not and it's been painful for him recently. Surgery to remove it happened yesterday and the prognosis is excellent.
However, the docs won't allow him to do what he does so well for a while as he undergoes antibiotic treatment and general R&R.; The plan is to reopen Tuesday lunch with Pete supervising at the bar, doing very limited hands-on work, so our menu may be forced to be a bit limited for a few days - we'll just have to play it by ear and do the best we can. Since Aki moved to Hawaii in December we have relied on Pete for all the more-advanced food preparation while we search for an assistant sushi chef to help him out.
Rest assured our entire staff is doing everything we can to help out Pete during his recovery and to provide you with the best cuisine once again, as soon as we can. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Thanks for your understanding and again our apologies for the inconvenience.
Nov 27, 2006
Sayonara Aki Closing on Sundays for a while We're Looking for a Sushi Chef
On a sad note, it's time to say sayonara to Aki Miyatani, our longtime sushi chef. In fact, other than the three partners/owners, Aki is the last person who was here the very first day we opened - July 12, 2000. So obviously we're pretty sad to see him leave.
What a lot of people don't know is how important Aki was to the restaurant's continued existence. Back in the dark days of 2002/2003, Aki shouldered the load by himself at the bar until we were fortunate to have Peter Nakamura join our staff in March 2003 - our survival wouldn't have been possible if not for Aki's willingness to assume the responsibility for those 10 months and do the tremendous amount of work necessary to see us through, and for that we're very grateful. Ichikawa simply wouldn't exist if not for Aki's efforts.
Aki and family are departing for warmer times, so it's good news for him as a new resident of Hawaii; he'll be spending winter on the beach, the lucky dog.
Saturday night, November 25th, was Aki's last shift.
A letter from Aki:
To our customers,
I like to inform you that the Thanks Giving weekend will be my last weekend at Ichikawa. Please stop by and say hi/bye when you have a chance. My family and I are moving to Big Island, Hawaii, in early December and no plan of coming back (at least for now…yes, may come back for a visit).
I like to acknowledge and appreciate you all customers who supported Ichikawa while I was working. It was a joy to serve you.
I wish to give special thanks to those who I have come to know over the years. I’d love to mention your names here, but I also do not wish to miss out anyone, so my gratitude goes to everyone I know.
Thank you all. Please keep supporting Ichikawa. All the staff is working very hard to serve you better each day, and I had a blast to work with them.
Here's the other bad news: until we find a suitable replacement for Aki, we're having to discontinue our Sunday dinners. Aki was manning the bar on Sundays as you probably know, and Peter is already working very long hours Tues-Sat (you'd be shocked if you knew how hard Pete is already working).
Which reminds us . . . . .
We're looking for a sushi chef!
Aki was kind enough to give us a few months notice that he was planning to leave, but we've had no luck finding a qualified replacement who can be fully trained and made capable to run the bar on Sundays (and work with Peter other days, of course). We've run ads and tried to put the word out all over Puget Sound with no luck so far, so if you know someone who might be a good candidate, please let them know we're looking! Thanks.
Oct 16, 2006
Uni fans, the season has opened!
Uni (Sea Urchin Roe) is one of the most prized seasonal delicacies on our menu; it's one of those favorites that Uni lovers just can't seem to get enough of. This year the season opened a couple weeks later than we expected, but we have been pleasantly surprised by the size and quality of the roe we've been getting so far. It's a good year for Uni fans.
Our divers expect to deliver us live urchin, harvested the same day, early each week through sometime in January if all goes well. So come on down and enjoy this limited-availability treat - available as Nigiri, Sashimi, Donburi and in some other special dishes.
Sept 16, 2006
Yep, the drinking water was pretty chlorinated for a couple of days!
On Wednesday morning the 13th, we came in to find our kitchen and part of our dining room
under water - one of our carbon water filter units had sprung a small leak overnight and flooded
the place (fortunately, it was a tiny leak; a big leak would have really made a mess).
We got it all cleaned up, but had to bypass the filter unit until we could find and install a
replacement. It took a couple of days, but a new unit was in place by Friday evening.
In the meantime, many of you noticed our drinking water "tasted funny". The good news is
that it was just regular city drinking water; nothing was wrong with it. The bad news was that
the city sure put a lot of chlorine in the water this week! Without the filter in place, the taste
and odor came right through.
We apologize for that, and got the filtration back in action as soon as we could. Everything's
July 21, 2006
For the second year in a row, the readers of the Peninsula Daily News
have voted to award us First Place for Best Japanese Food in Jefferson County!
The awards will be announced in a special section next weekend, in the July 30th
edition of the PDN.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Reed's Ginger Brew is finally here! After working on it for quite awhile
(not so easy to get out here in the boonies), we've added the best
Ginger Ale on the planet to our menu - Reed's. Since we can't say it any better, we'll let
the fine folks from Reed's speak for themselves:
Each batch is hand crafted with pride,
carefully brewed and aged like fine wine in small batches by our expert brewmasters. They choose only the
finest fresh herbs, roots, spices and fruits. They won't let sugar, preservatives or artificial anything
spoil Reed's natural taste.
We've always thought ginger ale
complements our food nicely (as you know, we're big fans of
cooking with fresh ginger) and once you try
Reed's, you'll agree it's the best ginger ale.
June 20, 2006
Our new Ice Cream Truffle has arrived!
A core of rich Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream wrapped inside smooth Vanilla Ice Cream, then
dipped in Chocolate - unique and yummy!
Our chocolate-loving fans were missing our chocolate-covered ice cream biscotti (Dropping them
from the menu wasn't our choice - really! Our supplier discontinued them.), so we hope you'll
find this delicious replacement equally satisfying to top off a great meal. For only $3.50, you
can treat yourself every time.
June 14, 2006
It's Copper River Salmon Time!
For the next week or two, Copper River Salmon from Alaska is here - and it's great! Perhaps the
best-tasting salmon you'll ever have. Really.
We offer it as Nigiri, Sashimi and as a Grilled Entree with Assorted Tempura, but we'll have it
for a very limited time and when it's gone that's it until next year, so come on in now to
savor the experience.
June 12, 2006
Debut of our all-new website!
We're introducing an entirely new look, redesigned from the
ground up, with easier access to
important information, simpler navigation and new features such as the FAQ, our Gaishoku Card and our
online Store, with lots of goodies to choose from.
Please explore, then let us know what you think.
Ichikawa customers donate $817 to
the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.