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Desperate for good sushi

Hi everyone- new to Chowhound. My purpose was to see what suggestions people have regarding sushi in the Philly area. Seems like I've visited all of the reccomended places from friends, (even went across the river), but none have quite been the experience I was hoping for. Any suggestions?

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  1. Have you tried Mikado in Cherry Hill?

    1. If anyone knows any good places around the Carlisle area, I would appreciate it as well.

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      1. re: Towelie

        Sapporo East in Mechanicsburg is the only sushi place in Central PA I found that was good. For other food, I like California cafe - a little too whimsical sometimes, but I've had plenty of great food there.

      2. It would be helpful if you would tell us where you have gone and what you found lacking in each spot.

        1. Kater- so specifically, Genji- mediocre, not crazy about the rice. Sagami- very good- but not so creative. Shiroi Hana- good, but not spectacular. I am looking for the kind of place with melt-in-your mouth sashimi- (you know what I mean... no tearing at the fish) A place that is creative, hip, with quality fish. I have heard good things about Raw, but have yet to try it.

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          1. re: tglobal

            Morimoto seems to be the place to go for what you desire, hopefully price is not a concern. Raw for inventiveness, but I have yet to go so I can't comment on quality but have heard good things.

            1. re: wendyphilly

              I agree that Morimoto is the way to go in Philly if what you're looking for in your sushi is fish that melts.

              If you are concerned about the cost, I would recommend going and sitting in the bar, and just ordering the lowest-level sushi platter ($30 the last time I was there). It's more than enough food for an entire meal (I could be full if I split it with a friend, but I'm a 20-something girl). Morimoto gets obscenely expensive if you start ordering a whole multiple-course meal, but if sushi is all you want, I think $30 for a huge plate of really excellent sushi isn't so unreasonable.

            2. re: tglobal

              Personally I like Morimoto the best and I also am very fond of Hikaru in Manyunk. Bluefin is close to home for me and I think the quality is quite good. It is Korean owned, which I know turns some people off, but I think that they are a good source for buttery sashimi.

              Morimoto also does this amazing oyster app with foie gras that you might like to try. It is excellent!

              Oh, and I noticed that several people on the boards like Kisso, but I want to tell you that I think the fish quality is mediocre. Get maki if you go there!

            3. Is Bluefin in Plymouth meeting really THAT good? People have said that it blows Morimoto away. If so, I will have to check it out as it is very close to where I live.

              http://www.sushibluefin.com/