HOME > Chowhound > Pennsylvania >
Sep 6, 2007 08:04 AM

Cheap Sushi in Philly

Hello all. Where can I get cheap sushi in Philly? I never realized how expensive most of the places I go to are until I went to a place in Manhattan's Lower East Side with a girlfriend and shared 3 sushi rolls, 8 pieces of sashimi, 2 bowls of miso and 2 green teas for $44. Da-umn. I have never paid so little and been full on sushi in my hometown EVER (except for Whole Foods sushi, but that doesn't count). Is there anywhere I can turn to in Philly for good quality, cheap sushi without having to admit that New York has something good that we don't? Help!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I really miss Serendipity, which would have been the perfect place to refer you to.
    Mixx Asian Bistro on 10th and Arch just got a new sushi chef, which increased their quality greatly. The prices are decent and they have a nice sushi lunch special.
    Shogun 3 is out in Havertown/ Upper Darby area and had the best price vs quality that I've found in the area.

    1 Reply
    1. re: jessicheese

      mixx is exaclty what i am looking for!!! thank you, i can't wait to check it out....extensive menu, cheap sashimi, le sigh....

    2. While not exactly cheap, Kisso is excellent quality and not expensive.

      1 Reply
      1. re: pathgeek

        kisso is fine by me, i was looking for a slightly cheaper option...i can live with mediocre rice and accompaniments as long as the fish is fresh, but for a quality meal kisso always = a definite yes.

      2. First of all, I am NOT a sushi expert, since I don't eat fish.
        But when a friend from out of town wanted good cheap sushi, I took him to Mizu on 20th and he said he really liked it. Their vegetable rolls were fine. It's a pretty small place.

        1. While this issue is so tired (do a search on sushi in Philly), here are the choices:

          Cheap: AOI (12th and Walnut), $20 all you can eat every night off a special menu (but you have to eat everything you order.)

          I'll second Mizu. I ate there the other day. Simple, affordable and good.

          My favorite is still Uzu. You can choose from $4 rolls on up and the food is very good (byo.) If you go Thurs-Sat night, you are going to wait a while for your food. Rather get upset, bring a bottle or two and enjoy a few drinks.

          I've wanted to try Makiman. I've heard great things.

          11 Replies
          1. re: juice

            The best sushi value is in East Norriton at Minado. It's all you can eat for under $30 per person.

            1. re: mitchh

              I heard Minado was awful tho - haven't been there myself. the person I spoke to said the food was all dried out and not tasty.

              1. re: jujuthomas

                Try Sagami. It is not in Philly - but over the bridge in NJ, off of Rt. 130 in Collingswood. The best sushi around, and has been around since the 70s. Its longevity is a testament to its quality.

                1. re: ddeblasi

                  I second Sagami. Being a sushi/sashimi lover myself, I'm always in for good, no-frill sushi place. You can get to know their master sushi chef who's a very nice old man. The ceiling is really low, so if you're over 6'3, you might have problem standing tall. :) I tend to order more premium stuff when I go (otoro, hamachi, sea urchin, etc), so the bill comes out to be much more than $44 for 2 people, but if you get a regular fair, I'm sure you can fit the bill.
                  I tried Aso sushi in between 7th and 8th on Walnut. It isn't booming with customers, but the food there is good. Their roles were good as well as their premium sashimi's.

              2. re: mitchh

                Yeah, but is it made to order or is it just sitting out on a buffet line?

                1. re: juice

                  it's a HUGE, chain buffet. as far as I've heard nothing made to order. Here's their website.

                  2917 Swede Rd, Norristown, PA 19401

                  1. re: jujuthomas

                    Before I began getting picky about sushi I loved Minado (there is one up in MA where I went to college). A few years later, I went to the one here and was disappointed. I imagine if you go on a busy night, things should be reasonably fresh...but I was let down by that one visit so I never went back.

                    For cheap sushi I like Vic Sushi, on Sansom between 20th and 21st. He has 2 simple rolls for $7 (3 for $10). The more expensive specialty rolls are a nice treat and the tuna dumplings are worth experiencing at least once.

                    1. re: jerseytomato

                      Thanks JT, I'll have to give Vic a try.
                      Juju, the reason I asked about the made to order is because AOI is made to order, all-you -can-eat. The menu has 10-12 different fish/shellfish to order from and you choose how it is prepared (nigiri, maki or temaki.) I haven't found anywhere else that does that (although I haven't been in a while because I go way too much to Uzu now.)

                2. re: mitchh

                  Minado is just "ok". The sushi rolls are terrible. I did like the sushi i.e. Tuna, Salmon etc. on rice but they make you eat the rice. If not, they can charge you extra for taking the fish off the rice and leaving it on your plate. I cry foul... Also, the desserts are horrible and the meat and chicken selections are fair, nothing to write home to Mama. I think the lunch is now $17.00/person, Dinner was $25.00/person which includes the Hibachi. Never tried that.

                  1. re: mitchh

                    Personally, I really liked Minado. I'm not saying its the best but for the price and variety - its worth it. We've been twice and both times felt all the food was very fresh and tasty! Plus the fact its buffet, you have so many options from the salads, to the sushi, hibachi grill, desserts, etc. One key thing that helps though - at any buffet - go when they're busy!! Both times we've gone, they have been slammed with people, therefore the food is turning over really quickly and its all super fresh:) I can imagine, as with any buffet, going when its slow is _not_ a good idea, especially one w/ sushi!

                  2. re: juice

                    Hadn't heard anything about Uzu and Makiman. I did do a search on sushi but none seemed to answer my price question.

                  3. Are you willing to drive to Cherry hill? Mikado is always fresh, inexpensive and byo. They have a huge sushi sashimi platter for $24.