I crave cumin lamb fortnightly, and if I'm gonna wander downtown to get it, I tend to grab something else too.
For fear of being seen as having a diversified palate, I decided to order the exact same thing at Ichiban that I'd last grabbed from Fugu.
The cumin lamb was easy - it's listed as "Lamb w. cumin" with a little pepper next to it on the menu. The dried chili chicken was more difficult. I wound up pulling my phone out and showing the waitress a picture of the menu item from a different place and asking "Is that this?" while indicating the "spicy and crispy chicken" - and she agreed that it was.
I was presented with this -
The cumin lamb was fantastic. Larger pieces of lamb, obviously a bit more chopstick-friendly mixed with loads of cumin, peppers and onions. It's one of the better renditions of the dish that I've ever had.
The chicken was serviceable. Again, they chopped the peppers up. The sesame seeds were added after cooking, untoasted. There was also scallion and something that tasted vaguely floral mixed in with the chicken, peppers and garlic slivers. I certainly didn't send it back, but I think I prefer Fugu's preperation of this dish.
Both of those with a 22oz Sapporo and delicious gratis orange slices with the bill came to about $35. I'll be able to get a few meals out of all of that food, too.
I'll be back for sure, but I think I'll try something else to go with the lamb next time.