The restaurant property at 2 South 4th Street in Lafayette, has been many different things before its current incarnation. In the summer of 2013, it became Ichiban Sichuan Chinese Restaurant. This restaurant's management already had a location in Madison, Wisconsin, and saw an opportunity to expand to other markets.
This venue's cuisine holds true to those cultural roots with Szechuan Asian cuisine as the main featured fare. The menu expands to offer most every other Chinese and traditional Asian food option. From stir-fry, to seafood, to chicken, to steak and pork, it covers nearly all the possibilities within its eastern-world realm.
The interior of Ichiban is as colorful as the cuisine it offers. The building itself, has been a part of Lafayette's cityscape for 100 years. The main doors open up to a formal dining area, lit only to enhance an intimate gathering. If patrons desire a more relaxed space, one exists just beyond the main bar area. This space is decorated with tables and furniture better suited to handle large groups, and parties. The buildings days as an oil-change stop provided the restaurant with garage doors, opening to the street outside, and to an outdoor lounge area to the south. These unique quirks can make a summer evening more interactive.
The beer, which is an interesting pairing with all the items on the food menu, comes in draft and bottles. The draft most notable features a rotating tap from People’s Brewing Company. An authentic assortment of Asian beers come in taps and bottles. One of which is Sapporo Premium Beer from Japan. This brew tastes like a good American pilsner.
The bar is also capable of mixing a plethora of cocktails, martinis, and other mixed drinks. There is also an extensive wine list. By strolling a short distance south of courthouse square in Lafayette, a patron's taste-buds can be transported to lands on the other side of the world.