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sakemom Oct 5, 2007 07:35 AM

Hi all - my family recently moved to Philly after 18 years in San Francisco. We have been really spoiled by some truly otherworldly sushi at sebo in Hayes Valley there and I am not having a lot of luck finding exceptional sushi here. Where should we go (Morimoto is a bit out of my financial league right now...)?

  1. Blind Mind Oct 6, 2007 02:35 PM

    last time i was in town I went to Genji in the Rittenhouse Square area and the food was great. I forget the name of the street its on, but its 2 blocks north of Walnut, heading away from the park in Rittenhouse Sq. Im in Philly again tonite and dying for some sushi so I think I'll give Uzu a try thanks to juice's recco.

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      lawgirl3278 Oct 5, 2007 10:57 AM

      Welcome to the area. I'd also recommend Raw. It's no Zushi Puzzle, but their Green River Roll is delectable :)

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      1. re: lawgirl3278
        lauracohenromano Oct 5, 2007 05:16 PM

        I'm not what you'd call a connoisseur, since I don't have it all that often - but I've enjoyed sushi at both Aso on Walnut between 7th and 8th, and at Shinju at 10th (I believe) and Locust.

        There's a place I went to once on Sansom between 7th and 8th Sts., that was awful. Even without remembering the name I thought I'd mention it, because it takes a lot for me to advise people against going somewhere, but there I was served half frozen food.

        1. re: lauracohenromano
          baekster Oct 6, 2007 04:01 AM

          it's good to see that someone agrees with me on Aso. Is it new? The place isn't that crowded like others...it's definitely not as hip. But the food is great. The sushi chef, although he may give out a stern, stoic first impression, is very friendly and will get to know you. Talk to him about what he recommends and what's fresh. Anyway, good luck.

      2. juice Oct 5, 2007 10:37 AM

        Mitch, not to pee in your wheaties, but I wouldn't go to haru if it were the only place in town. They are over priced and their food is very average. Zento is good, but Uzu is better (Zagat just had a very nice write up about them). The quality of fish/shellfish is on par with Morrimoto and the prices are 1/2 as much. Live scallops are in season right now and if you haven't had them, you are missing out. You probably won't be able to get in tonight because it is First Friday so Old City will be slammed. Try it on a weeknight and see what you think. I usally just do omakase because chef Bo knows what I like (what's nice is you can pick your own price). If you go and it is busy, prepare to wait. The place is small. It's byo like Zento, Kisso, and the new Mizu (opening on Market, just west of 2nd.) Just crack and few beers, enjoy your sake and relax. 104 Market St. http://www.uzuphilly.com/

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        1. re: juice
          Buckethead Oct 5, 2007 10:51 AM

          I gotta get to that place.. I agree about Haru.

          1. re: juice
            Mr_Pickles Oct 5, 2007 10:53 AM

            If you're amenable to driving about 25 to 30 minutes to NJ, you have some nice choices in addition to the nice suggestions earlier in this thread. There's Fuji in Haddonfield and Sagami in Collingswood. Both are excellent, although I slightly prefer Fuji.

            Fuji Japanese Restaurant
            116 Kings Hwy E
            Haddonfield, NJ 08033
            (856) 354-8200

            37 Crescent Boulevard (Route 130)
            Collingswood, Camden County, New Jersey
            (856) 854-9773

            1. re: Mr_Pickles
              baekster Oct 5, 2007 12:31 PM

              I second Sagami although last time the stuff they put out for sushi/sashimi dinner wasn't anything spectacular...

              And when you say exceptional sushi, what kind of stuff are you looking for?

              I like Aso Sushi and they have pretty good specials...spanish mackerels, really nice cut of otoro, sea urchins, monkfish livers...that are fresh and good. And they have a lot of inventive rolls that are good. With the exception of some of the rolls, the food is very traditionally japanese (none of the weird, and often bad, fusion stuff). It doesn't have that high-end atmosphere but the food is good, I promise. :) It's BYOB so you can save some money on the sake or Asahi beer.

            2. re: juice
              mitchh Oct 5, 2007 11:21 AM


              You are entitled to your opinion as I am entitled to mine. That said I'd appreciate if you'd pee elsewhere. :)

              That said, your opinion about Haru is similar to how I feel about Fuji.

              1. re: mitchh
                juice Oct 5, 2007 01:19 PM

                Good stuff Mitch.

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              Bigley9 Oct 5, 2007 10:01 AM

              And cross the river for Fuji

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                Buckethead Oct 5, 2007 07:38 AM

                Zento, 2nd and Chestnut.

                Actually the sushi at Morimoto is reasonable, it's the regular menu where things get expensive. But Zento's sushi is better anyway.

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                1. re: Buckethead
                  mitchh Oct 5, 2007 08:26 AM

                  I completely agree with Buckethead's comment about Morimoto's sushi prices.

                  I highly recommend Haru at 241-243 Chestnut.

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