People eat three times a day to prevent mouthy mouths from brashly blurting out their distaste for the rest of the digestive system. Today's Groupon prevents intrasystem quarreling by subduing chatty cheeks with Asian eats: for $10, you get $20 worth of hibachi-style Japanese cuisine at Ichiban's Clintonville location. This location does not serve sushi.
Ichiban blends traditional hibachi Japanese and modern French cuisines into distinctive flavors as comforting as they are surprising. Chefs prepare dishes in the classic teppanyaki style, whipping up fresh fare on a flaming iron griddle before the very eyes of awed restaurant patrons. The dinner menu tells of a legendary teppan New York steak ($18.75) that, alongside its faithful sidekick, the swordfish ($18.95), forged a lasting bond between land and sea, known to future generations as the surf 'n' turf compact.
Combining performance skills with culinary prowess, the chefs at Ichiban entertain diners by slivering, searing, and plating their entrees tableside. Surrounded by a horseshoe of chairs, they man iron hibachi griddles and shuffle morsels of steak, scallops, chicken, lobster, and vegetables through bursts of flames. Occasionally, they stop to engage the guests with applause-inducing displays, such as juggling their utensils or pulling quarters out from behind ears of baby corn. Before delivering steaming plates to diners, the experts apply crowns of seafood or ginger sauce.