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[HOU] JJ Ichiban, great steak and sushi

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My wife and I went to JJ Ichiban tonight, at 5700 Hwy 6 N. They've had a write-up in the Houston Press, that made it sound pretty good. It was great.

We started with edamame and shrimp tempura, and it was all very good, and not that expensive. Then we ordered warm sake, and a glass of plum wine. It turned out that we got there at the end of "Happy Hour," and they gave us the Happy Hour prices on drinks and appetizers (the drinks lasted the entire meal, so it was a really great deal).

For dinner, my wife got a spicy salmon roll, and a Philadelphia roll (salmon, avocado & cream cheese). I ordered tonkatsu, a breaded/fried pork cutlet (big!), with katsu sauce (like a soy sauce-based BBQ sauce or ketchup). It was pretty good, but there's a lot of other choices on the menu that I'll be trying, the next time we go.

Also, when you order $10 or more of food, you get the salad bar for free. If you're looking for 50 vegetables, you're out of luck. They had Romaine and Iceberg lettuce and cherry tomatoes. The rest of the bar had prepared salads (they had some great pickled carrots), 9 dressings, croutons, and those awesome crispy-fried noodles that you put in soup. But it was nice to have some fresh vegetables, along with the other food.

The menu is nice, a lot of great seafood and sushi options, and Japanese food. BUT, if you aren't into that, you can get chicken fingers, steak and mashed potatoes. That's pretty nice, when you can get Japanese food, but there are options for your friends/family that aren't into it.

Service was outstanding; of course, it helped that our waitress only had 1 table to take care of. But she was very attentive and quick, and always smiling.

The location is hampered by being right behind a bodega gas station, and being in a mostly-empty strip mall. But seriously, seek this place out. The food is great, the prices are good (better, if you get there for Happy Hour, 11-5), and the facility and service are exemplary. Totally worth the money.

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