Ikko is one of the well-known sushi joints in Orange County. However, this place seems to get more positive feedback for their hot dishes compared to sashimi and sushi.
Dinner service can be packed and reservation is highly recommended. Good news is that Ikko also opens for lunch from Tuesday to Friday offering sushi, a la carte, and even lunch set at a bargained price.
Small restaurant with counter seating and a few table settings -
Take a look at the menu (click on the image for an enlarged view) -
Sushi menu and lunch special -
Rolls and nigiri are also available -
Noodles and sashimi bowls -
So many options to choose from -
Chirashi sets -
Even miso soup comes in five different varieties -
Salad that comes with the lunch set -
Bamboo shoot and fennel salad with herb flower and kimone dressing $10 -
Bamboo shoot provides a clean crunchy bite to the salad. Unlike western croutons or crisp bacon that carry a little grease, the non-oily and juicy bamboo shoot gives this salad a refreshing texture.
Uni chawamushi -
Sakura salmon cheek with spicy relish on top -
Kobe beef hambagu with miso demi-glace sauce lunch set $9.75 -
The set also comes with salad, miso soup, and pickled vegetables.
It's actually smaller than I expected but the sauce was seasoned well with a hint of peppery spice, goes really well with white rice -
I think ikko used leaner part of the Kobe beef -
Assorted sashimi lunch with pork and mixed vegetable miso soup, small appetizer, and rice $13.75 -
Veggie lovers, this is one healthy and satisfying combo.
Here is comes the nigiri -
Flying squid from Kyushu, Amberjack from Kyushu, yellowtail -
Not complaining at all, I was already happy enough to have Japan imported seafood for my weekday lunch.
Decent lunch place if you want to indulge a little during weekdays or weighing your options for a company meal. In addition, most of the better sushi restaurants only open for dinner, so ikko might be one of the very few non-Americanized Japanese eateries available around the area. Lucky OC dwellers.
Cindy's rating: 7 (higher score for ikko's non-sushi dishes)
Ikko Japanese Restaurant
735 Baker Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
*Saturday and Sunday dinner only
*Closed on Monday