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Any good sushi places around Ambler, PA?

Den Jan 23, 2009 07:36 AM

The only sushi place I know of around Ambler is the one in the Genuardi's shopping center in Springhouse. Are there any others in the area?

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    Enjoy Good Food Jun 24, 2009 12:35 PM

    Minado on Germantown Pike in East Norriton is an Asian buffet with a fixed price. I don't eat sushi myself but was told their sushi is superb. I've eaten at Minado twice and enjoyed what I had, but buffet style is not really my 'thing'.

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      mitchh Jun 24, 2009 01:24 PM

      I don't know who told you that Minado's sushi is "superb", but it's anything but. It would be like saying that a Big Mac is a phenomenal cheeseburger.

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        Enjoy Good Food Jun 24, 2009 01:30 PM

        Now isn't that interesting....the guy who said that Minado's sushi was "excellent, some of the best I've ever had" often tends to be a real nit-picker when it comes to dining out. Unbelievable! I'll never take his word for anything again. (smile) As I said, I don't eat sushi and wouldn't touch it if you paid me.

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          Kater Jun 29, 2009 08:17 AM

          My eight year old won't eat Minado sushi. It is really really bad.

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            TwoBellies Jun 29, 2009 08:35 AM

            the rolls, especially, are horrendous.

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          TwoBellies Jun 24, 2009 03:40 PM

          agreed. The sushi is very average at best and the rice is dreadful. As for the non sushi items, not terrible but cerrtainly not worth the $20 for lunch.

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            Jen516 Jun 24, 2009 07:30 PM

            I am a huge sushi eater and also live in Ambler. My top 3 favorite places in order that I like to go to are:

            1. Blue Fin (used to live in Plymouth Meeting and we went way back when they first opened and are friendly with the owners.) -- The most fresh sushi around. Awesome.
            2. Ooka in Willow Grove. Love it there! Some interesting rolls and very good. Almost as good as Blue Fin
            3. Cho Cho San (North Wales) TIED with Fuji (by Whole Foods) Both great places for sushi and well priced, too.

            I also like Osaka in Chestnut Hill and oo-ta-ya in Warrington. Funny, I have never tried Sushikazu in Blue Bell, though my parents live there and love it. I guess I need to try it there based on all of this great feedback. Also, I have heard great things about the new place in Lansdale -- which, by the way, was opened by a former sushi chef at Blue Fin. (The little comp fried fish is something Blue Fin started years ago!)

            I'm hungry now!!!

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              TwoBellies Jun 25, 2009 06:15 AM

              Cho Cho San is phenomenal, kind of tight to dine in but the Tuna and Salmon Sandwiches ( yes,Sandwiches) are remarkable,

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                mitchh Jun 27, 2009 03:48 AM

                Well, I decided to mix things up and went to Blue Fin last night and I was quickly reminded why I stopped going there. I call at 7:00 and was told that a takeout order would take 40 minutes. I told that that wasn't a problem and I actually calling to pick up at 8:15 and they seemed "relieved".

                I get there at 8:15 and it takes 5 minutes for anyone to even greet me. However a regular walks in right after me and the hostess barely acknowledges my presence and immediately goes to the regular. The regular indicated that I was there first, to which I thanked them, and I tell them my name. 15 minutes later (that's 8:30) I am handed my takeout order ($22 more than a comparable meal at Sushikazu or East) with no apologies for my order being delayed.

                Anyway I get home and dinner was good, but $22 better than what I would normally have at Sushikazu. I am not fan at all at how big (long and thick) they cut their sashimi. The fish was fresh, but nothing that blew me away by any means and the salmon was mediocre. The rolls were also good (Marlee roll, Ai Maki and Tropic roll), but the spicy tuna sundae leaved much to be desired. It's very tiny and very dry.

                I went into this with an open mind, but Blue Fin just doesn't do it for me.

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                  TwoBellies Jun 27, 2009 06:05 AM

                  thanks for the heads up, mitchh. I've never gotten a chance to try Blue Fin, and after this review, doubt I ever will.

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                  littlecmad Jul 6, 2009 11:27 AM

                  I was really NOT impressed by Blue Fin; I think Ooka is the best! Nothing comes close. I am not even sure Morimoto does. I like Morimoto and Raw in Philly but Ooka is always, hands down, FANTASTIC!

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            pmc1720 Jun 17, 2009 06:54 PM

            I am a big fan of BlueFin. Yes, it's pricey and really, really hard to get a table...just called for next week and they only had 6 PM available on a Wednesday......but their stuff is so fresh, original and beautifully presented. I don't claim to know it all about Sushi, but everywhere else seems to fall a bit short in comparison. Tokyo Restaurant in Skippack has great outdoor atmosphere, but I find their rolls are inconsistent in taste. Gami/Gaya is a newer place on Rt. 73 in Blue Bell. One side of the restaurant is Japanese and the other is Korean BBQ. The staff is so nice and tries so hard to accommodate, but their Sushi is just not good. Not sure why, as the chefs are making it fresh and the presentation is beautiful, but the rice consistency in the rolls and the taste of the fish is not up to Blue Fin. I gave it two visits, but just not good in my opinion. Tonight we tried Sushikazu after being unable to get in at Blue Fin. We were able to get right in there and I have to say I thought it was very good. Still may not surpass Blue FIn IMO, but very pleasant staff, nice atmosphere, prompt service and very good sashimi and rolls. The price is more reasonable as well....four ate for what the price of three would be at Blue FIn. Still, it couldn't compare with the unique items found on the Blue Fin menu...the mango spoon ( pricey, but an explosion of so many flavors in one bite), the spicy tuna sundae and the tuna trio...just to name a few favorites. So at least I have a back up for when I need a sushi fix and can't get into my favorite. I will also try some of the other spots I saw listed in these posts ( Kabuki, Fuji) as it's always good to have lots of options.

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              ambler_zach Jun 24, 2009 06:41 AM

              East Cusine is very good and the owners are great. They always give is a free salmon sashimi app. We go in quite often and usually eat 4 rolls each.

              Hokka Hokka In Chesnut Hill is my favorite. Its right next to the Mcdonalds.

              Umai in Lansdale is very good. Its a small place but don't let that fool you.

              BlueFin is good but the dining room is cramped. If you don't mind the seating the food is very good.

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              jujuthomas Apr 6, 2009 12:34 PM

              We went to Fuji on 309 in Montgomeryville Saturday evening. WOW. First of all, they did a complete reno over the summer and the place is gorgeous. Second the food was terrific. I had the Sumo and Green River rolls, and loved them. DH had the Atlantic, the negi-hamachi and some sushi. all terrific. AND - they do 1/2 price sushi and rolls on Mondays and Tuesdays. Guess where I'm having lunch tomorrow? ;-)

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                Kater Mar 31, 2009 11:01 AM

                the low down: Blue Fin is the best but it can be hard to get a table. Sushikazu is quite good as is BonJung in Collegeville (that may be bit far), Tokyo in Skippack has decent sushi and a lovely atmosphere, Fuji is quite popular and recommended by people I trust but I've never eaten there, The sushi at Gaya, Korea Garden and August Moon is OK but overshadowed by the Korean food in my view. Lai Lai is bad but is a good atmosphere for a group. Minado is gross, just gross.

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                  TwoBellies Mar 31, 2009 11:36 AM

                  lol@Minado. Agreed! and quite the rip off.

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                    mitchh Mar 31, 2009 12:01 PM

                    Kater,

                    While you are certainly entitled to your opinion, I will viamently disagree with you about Blue Fin and Bon Jung as well.

                    Blue Fin, IMO is way overpriced, especially for the portions that they serve, and the service there is abysmal.

                    I used to be a regular at Bon Jung and their quality has dropped to the point that it is borderline inedible, including an experience where I found a 1/2 inch bone in a spicy tuna handroll.

                    BTW, I'm assuming when you mentioned Gaya you mean the place on 73 in Blue Bell? If so, it hasn't been called Gaya in months and is now called Gami (and it's quite mediocre at best).

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                      Kater Mar 31, 2009 12:08 PM

                      You're probably right on the name, we rarely go because that is my least favorite Korean in the area. But you have got to get to Blue Fin and Bon Jung again. In our area they are by far the best. The quality at Bon Jung is extraordinary, we've always been blown away by the freshness and care with which the food is prepared.

                      Who do you favor in the area?

                      edit - I see you like Sushikazu, we've been going there since they opened, really good. And I agree that the spicy tuna balls are delish!

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                        mitchh Apr 1, 2009 06:27 AM

                        Kater,

                        When I lived in Collegeville (up until 2 weeks ago), I went to Bon Jung virtually every week for a few years so it's not as if I gave it one or two chances and need to give it another shot. Not to mention that now that I live 25 minutes away that I feel no need to drive there when Sushikazu (2 minutes away) is far superior IMO.

                        I'm glad that you like it, but there is no doubt in my mind that their quality has declined a great deal, especially in the last few months (although I do concur that their quality used to be extraordinary, but used to was quite some time ago). The fact that they haven't changed the menu or rolls in at least a year or two doesn't help things, nor does the 1/2 bone that I bit into in a spicy tuna hand roll.

                        As for Blue Fin, for the price I find it to be very ordinary and their abysmal service makes it not worth it in the least.

                  2. AmblerGirl Jan 24, 2009 04:30 AM

                    I love Miraku in Springhouse, the one near the Genuardis. Pretty spacious duining room, great service, fresh fish. A bit further out is Ooka in Willow Grove, they have a really nice variety and are very popular (but always crowded). I agree that Bluefin and East Cuisine are also very good. I also know alot of people that love Minado in East Norriton, it is a sushi buffet. I never tried it because the thought of sushi sitting out really contradicts the fact that it needs to be really fresh.

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                      Hellolaura Jan 24, 2009 04:57 AM

                      I haven't tried Miraku, though would like to get there soon. Umai is great. We've been there for lunch several times, as it's close to my work. Cho Cho San is on my list, as well as Yama Japanese. Actually, tonight, we are going to attempt to roll our own!!!

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                        mitchh Jan 24, 2009 05:28 AM

                        Due to the horrible traffic we ended up bagging the downtown trip and stayed local at Sushikazu and I was extremely impressed. We got there at 6:30 and we got the last 2 seats at the sushi bar. By 7:00 every seat in the house was occupied and when we left at 8:30 it was still packed.

                        If you haven't given Sushikazu a try lately I highly recommend it.

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                          jujuthomas Jan 25, 2009 01:04 PM

                          thanks for the report Mitchh, we actually have not been to sushikazu in quite a while. Perhaps I will talk DH into that for dinner tonight. mmmm sushi! ;-)

                          I do also like Fuji on 309. I do not like Minado in East Norriton. Something about the flavor of the rice that I just do not care for. But Minado is a good place to introduce someone to sushi, since they can pick up a couple "safe" looking pieces and taste them without worrying about eating an entire order.
                          Went to Ooka a few weeks ago - a little pricy IMO, but good. interesting rolls on the menu. :)

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                            mitchh Jan 26, 2009 07:43 AM

                            Minado, for what it is, is pretty good. It's certainly not a gourmet sushi place by any means, but if you want a no frills sushi dinner it serves its purpose.

                            Let's put it this way, I've had worse sushi in sit down restaurants at twice the price. :)

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                              TwoBellies Jan 28, 2009 09:34 AM

                              I don't go there anymore. For $20.00 I can find much better Sushi in many places. Thier rolls are terrible and the sushi is average, at best. They are also starting to levy a surcharge if you leave the rice on your plate. I have yet to see that happen, but it was posted in their restaurant. I typically get one decent roll and soup which would cost about $15.00 anywhere else.

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                            mddletown Jan 28, 2009 08:58 AM

                            I agree with the Sushikazu call. I like Bluefin but I rarely plan going to a byob sushi place several days in advance and It's nearly impossible to get in there same day. So I wound up at Sushikazu on a Sunday and then again the following Saturday (last weekend) and had a great meal both times and they even remembered us. It's great to be able to just call ahead and get in no problem...hopefully you guys don't talk it up too much or I won't be able to get in anymore : ) Last saturday we got there around 8:00 and were the only ones at the sushi bar. There were a few empty tables too but we wanted to try the sushi bar. I love the fresh oysters as an appetizer. The spicy scallop and Arizona rolls were awesome as well as the triple spicy one (I forget the exact name.) Next time we have to try the Kani roll as we saw them make a couple and they looked great. And don't forget the ice cream tempura.

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                              TwoBellies Jan 28, 2009 09:36 AM

                              Nice! I used to go there and don't remember seeing some of the items you described. Thanks for the update, will try it once more.

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                                mitchh Jan 28, 2009 10:15 AM

                                The next time you go to Sushikazu try the Washington roll if you like spicy. It's very good.

                                The spicy tuna balls are also excellent.

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                                  TwoBellies Jan 28, 2009 10:20 AM

                                  will do...they are open for lunch during the week? No reservations required I assume?

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                                    TwoBellies Jan 30, 2009 12:10 PM

                                    mitchh

                                    just got back from Sushikazu for lucnh. Went about 1:00 PM and it was not crowded. Had the spicy trio roll amd the Japanese Tuna Ball (6 Balls). The trio roll was fabulous, as was the tuna balls, I especially liked those. Great service, friendly people. Will definitely be back.

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                                      mddletown Jan 31, 2009 09:18 AM

                                      Nice! I would go there tonight but my wife is out of town so I think I will call in a takeout order. What are the Tuna Balls all about? And what is the Washington roll? I loved that spicy trio roll so I may have to do one of those. I love the Arizona too - California roll with lobster salad on top and their secret sauce on the side.

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                                        TwoBellies Jan 31, 2009 09:33 AM

                                        the tuna balls are tuna tartare, I believe, rolled up like meatballs and have a distinct crunch and a little spicy. Yumo! Get that one. Man, those chefs can cook! Enjoy!!!!

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                                          mddletown Feb 13, 2009 08:37 AM

                                          We were back at Sushikazu last Saturday night and loved the tuna balls! The Washington roll was great as well. I'm not sure what is in that sauce on top but it's probably not healthy haha, it was nice and creamy. I wonder if it will be packed for Valentine's Day like every other restaurant? We may be going Sunday night this week.

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                                            TwoBellies Feb 13, 2009 10:19 AM

                                            I love them. Awesome Sauce, I think it's called, lol! Glad you liked it. Love that place.

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                                        mitchh Feb 16, 2009 07:49 AM

                                        I'm glad you enjoyed it.

                                        I'm in the process of moving to Blue Bell, so Sushikazu will become my regular sushi place.

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                                          TwoBellies Feb 16, 2009 08:45 AM

                                          Noice! I could eat sushi everyday if I could afford it, breakfast, too.

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                                    jujuthomas Mar 3, 2009 06:45 PM

                                    Went to Sushikazu tonight - we usually go to East Cuisine, but wanted a change. Mitch, you were absolutely right - very impressive! It was so good, and the price was a little better than East too. We had the Blue Bell, Arizona, Mexican rolls and a spicy tuna roll. I think the Blue Bell was my favorite, spicy shrimp and avocado, then the Mexican. We had the pork gyoza to start, really liked the complimentary tofu with scallions - I have NO idea what they call that but it was good!
                                    Anyway, brought the menu home and will be going back. :)

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                                      TwoBellies Mar 4, 2009 05:48 AM

                                      glad to hear that. It is one of the best in our area. Will be going this weekend for another treat.

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                                        mitchh Mar 4, 2009 06:30 AM

                                        Juju,

                                        I'm so happy that you had a great experience there. Next time you go, you must try the spicy tuna balls. They are a great combination of quality tuna, spice and crunch.

                                        I do agree with you that the spicy tofu with scallions is very good. It's the one drawback of getting takeout!

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                                          jujuthomas Mar 12, 2009 04:53 PM

                                          Mitchh - went back tuesday night - had the tuna balls per your recommendation. Everyone at the table LOVED them. we had quite a feast, trying the yellowstone and wendy rolls, the sushikazu spicy tuna sushi, and ordering for a second time the Mexican and Blue Bell rolls. everything was delicious and they were very nice to us even tho we arrived quite late and stayed past closing.
                                          Have you ever had the mochi? I'd had it at Ooka and found the rice dough very chewy. I liked it much better at Sushikazu...the mango flaver was our favorite.
                                          thanks for recommending the tuna balls, i think they're a new favorite. :)

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                                            mitchh Mar 13, 2009 05:17 AM

                                            Juju,

                                            Glad you liked them.

                                            I haven't had the mochi there in literally a few years, so I can't say one way or another. Personally I'd rather go next door to Rita's for a custard anyway. :)

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                                              jujuthomas Mar 13, 2009 05:22 AM

                                              ya know I've tried Ritas and I just don't see the appeal. But it is convenient if you like their desserts. :)

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                                                mitchh Mar 13, 2009 08:36 AM

                                                Not to hijack the thread, but I am not in love with Ritas as much as some are. The water ice is average at best, but their soft serve is a solid choice.

                                                For me, mochi is an okay palete cleanser, but if it's dessert I'm in the mood for, it's far from my first choice. :)

                                                I'll be moving to BB in 2 weeks, so I'm happy to be closer to Sushikazu. The last few weeks I've been driving down from Collegeville for takeout since the decline of Bon Jung.

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                                                  jujuthomas Mar 13, 2009 08:57 AM

                                                  since i'm on weight watchers mochi is a perfectly sized dessert. :)

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                                                    mitchh Mar 13, 2009 12:10 PM

                                                    I'm sure you already know this, but they sell them at Assi.

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                                                      jujuthomas Mar 13, 2009 01:04 PM

                                                      i did see that! I have to go back and see what flavors they have, now that I know I like them. :)

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                                                        mitchh Mar 13, 2009 02:11 PM

                                                        I think they run the gammot from green tea to red bean to vanilla and strawberry.

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                                                          mddletown Mar 25, 2009 05:12 PM

                                                          You guys are missing out on the tempura ice cream at Sushikazu :) I was there 2 weeks ago on a saturday but we got there too late - around 9pm. By the time we were finished dinner, it was too late to get the tempura because they alread shut the kitchen down. Next time!

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                                                            jujuthomas Mar 26, 2009 05:21 AM

                                                            I saw that on the menu - will have to give it a try one time! Thanks for the rec! :)

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                                                    CChaz Jun 26, 2009 01:55 PM

                                                    Why do you say Bon Jung has declined?

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                                                      mitchh Jun 27, 2009 01:47 PM

                                                      CChaz,

                                                      When I started to go there I thought it was great. The rolls, albeit a bit ordinary, were always good quality and the sashimi was always fresh. As time went on I got really bored of the same rolls and they almost never had specials. The rolls themselves were sloppily made and often anything with "crunch" was mush. The sashimi also began to taste less than fresh. The final straw for me was finding a half inch bone in a spicy tuna hand roll. That, to me, is inexcusable.

                                                      Since then I have moved from Collegeville to Blue Bell and had Bon Jung been good I'd be willing to drive 20 minutes each way, but that's not an issue after my last few experiences there.

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                                                        Kater Jun 29, 2009 08:16 AM

                                                        the bone heard 'round the world!

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                                                          mitchh Jun 29, 2009 12:00 PM

                                                          Kater,

                                                          Since sarcasm is sometimes is hard to pick up online I apologize if I'm taking this the wrong way, but I'm guessing that since you've made mention of how much you like Bon Jung that you are taking a shot at me given that I've mentioned this in the past in another thread.

                                                          That said, CChaz asked me specifically why I said Bon Jung has declined and I gave my reasons, which includes the bone. There are certain things I can forgive and forget when it comes to eating out. I've dined at dozens of sushi restaurants for 10+ years and this was the ONLY time that I've ever bit into a large bone. For me, that's just inexcusable and reason in itself to not go back. However, if the food was out of this world then maybe I'd go back, but since the quality has declined quite a bit over the course of the last year that I was a loyal customer (virtually every Friday night over the course of 2-3 years) that was the final straw.

                                                          If you enjoy it, good for you and keep going there. For me it's no longer an issue since I don't live down the street from there. However why you would give me grief just because I replied to someone's question specifically about Bon Jung is beyond me. Was I supposed to not reply or just not tell the person about my experience there?

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                                      littlecmad Jun 24, 2009 03:22 PM

                                      Yeah, Ooka in Willow Grove is great. Personally, I don't think its too far from Ambler.

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                                        crazyspice Jun 24, 2009 07:07 PM

                                        There is a new Ooka opening on Route 309 in Montgomeryville.

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                                          Hellolaura Jun 28, 2009 05:15 AM

                                          Ooka is now open in Montgomeryville!!! I can't wait to try it!!!

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                                            crazyspice Jun 28, 2009 06:45 AM

                                            That is fabulous news! I am going Monday or Tuesday.

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                                              jujuthomas Jun 28, 2009 09:15 AM

                                              OH that's awesome! Thanks for the heads up! :)

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                                        pft Jan 23, 2009 01:58 PM

                                        My favorite place now is Umai in Lansdale. Great little place near the Pennbrook R5 station. Sushi is excellent and the waitstaff is very nice. If you get takeout, they even give you a free appetizer "from the chef", which is always fish tempura.

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                                          tourmama Jan 23, 2009 12:46 PM

                                          Fuji Restaurant is our favorite in the area. It's in Montgomeryville at Rte 309 and Rte 63 (in the Whole Foods shopping center).

                                          FWIW, Bluefin isn't worth the hype, and Miraku (in the Genuardi's shopping center) is not as good as Fuji.

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                                            crazyspice Jan 24, 2009 04:25 AM

                                            I have to second Fuji.

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                                              Hellolaura Jan 24, 2009 04:42 AM

                                              We didn't have a great experience the last time we were at Fuji. It wasn't the food, either. It was the temperature of the restaurant.

                                              We went in and stood by the hostess station, waiting for a table. I said to BF that it was freezing in here. I excused myself and headed to the restroom. On the way back, I happened to glance over at the thermostat, which registered at 67 degrees. We got to our table, BF took his coat off and I left mine on. We then noticed the majority of the customers were still wearing their coats. After ordering, we flagged the hostess and asked if they could turn up the heat. She said, absolutely....after our appetizer and BF excused himself to use the restroom and came back to report the temperature was now down to 66 degrees. He put his coat on. Then that was it.....the hostess came back over and BF told her we had to leave that it was just too cold. She swore up and down that she turned the heat up and actually escorted him over to the thermostat to show him the "new" temperature of 65!!!!! Anyway, we didn't make much of a stink, but enough where the table next to us, said they didn't blame us for leaving...as they sat there shivering waiting for their bill. We told them we would come back again, just when the weather is warmer in the Spring.

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                                                wubar Jun 24, 2009 01:11 PM

                                                The food at Fuji was fantastic. My wife and I stopped in for dinner last Monday to take advantage of their 1/2 price rolls promotion, and everything was delicious. If there was one thing I could complain about, it was that the service was a bit slow, but I'm sure the sushi chefs were working as fast as they could to placate all of the hungry diners which were waiting for their food.

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                                                  jujuthomas Jun 24, 2009 02:59 PM

                                                  I had dinner at Fuji Monday night as well. They were slower than usual, but we enjoyed our dinner very much. Love that 1/2 price sushi deal! :)

                                            2. Chefmonty Jan 23, 2009 10:45 AM

                                              Personally not a huge sushi fan, but my best friend lives and breates for it. Blue Fin is his #2 place, but he swears by Kabuki in KoP

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                                                ChefRich Jan 23, 2009 09:02 AM

                                                Blue Fin in plymouth meeting area (15-20 minutes from ambler) is great! It is past PM Mall on Germantown pike going west in a little strip center. It may be considered E. Norriton there.

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                                                  Betharu Jan 23, 2009 09:35 AM

                                                  Actually Plymouth Meeting - I live in the neighborhood behind it! A great selling point when I was buying the house - 10 minute walk to Bluefin!

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                                                    mitchh Jan 23, 2009 09:42 AM

                                                    I would recommend Sushikazu in Blue Bell. I hadn't been there in years and I was pleasantly surprised when I had it a couple of weeks ago.

                                                    I know I'm in the minority, but I'm not a fan of Bluefin.

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                                                      jujuthomas Jan 23, 2009 10:26 AM

                                                      I'm with you mitchh, not that i think bluefin is bad, it just didn't do that much for me. we've been once and would go back but it's not our first choice. mmmm. now i'm craving sushi. wonder if I can get some in OC this weekend. :)

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                                                        mitchh Jan 23, 2009 10:39 AM

                                                        Juju,

                                                        I agree that Bluefin isn't "bad", but, to quote Public Enemy "I don't believe the hype". I went a couple of times and found the service to be very slow and the food was good, but overpriced.

                                                        I'm actually going downtown tonight for sushi and a movie. Intially was going to my old standby of Misso, but it's too far a walk from the Bourse, so it's Haru instead.

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                                                  jujuthomas Jan 23, 2009 07:39 AM

                                                  there are many excellent sushi places in the area - do a search on sushi and Ambler or montgomery county and you'll find all the posts. :) my personal favorite is East Cuisine at the intersection of butler and skippack.

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                                                    Den Jan 23, 2009 09:10 AM

                                                    Thanks. We just went to East Cuisine for lunch. It was very good and a better value than the place in Springhouse. The pieces of tuna sashimi were huge for lunch!

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                                                      Betharu Jan 29, 2009 07:27 AM

                                                      I used to love East Cuisine - would pick up take out on my way home all the time. This one time - went in - paid for my order but it was not ready so i waited for about 15 minutes. Order comes out and the lady rings me up AGAIN. i told her that I had already paid and left..

                                                      I came back about a month later to pick up and same lady says - "oh - you did not pay last time". I told her I had but she kept insisting. And, we are not talking about a large discrepency - the order was for one (about $12-$15). Hindsight always being 20/20, I should have just left right then and there. But, I picked up my order, PAID, and left.

                                                      And vowed - never to frequent the establishment again. It was, by far, my strangest experience in a restaurant!

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                                                        jujuthomas Jan 29, 2009 09:49 AM

                                                        that is a very strange experience! Hadn't she given you a receipt?

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                                                          Betharu Jan 29, 2009 02:33 PM

                                                          No she didn't - if I remember correctly I paid cash - in fact I know I know I did because I remember showing her the change back that she had given me that was in my pocket.

                                                          I guess I didn't get the receipt because I was annoyed that I had to wait - they had told me it was going to be ready when I got there!

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