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Best sashimi in Philly?

Schpsychman May 6, 2009 04:15 PM

I'll be in the city on Saturday night and am in the mood for the best sashimi I can find. I'll be by myself so sitting at a sushi bar ordering by the piece(s) suits me just fine. Was thinking of places like Morimoto or even XIX (which has a very nice raw bar) but want some suggestions (including cheaper ones) from you all. Thank you!

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    Philly Ray RE: Schpsychman May 6, 2009 05:35 PM

    LaBan gave Izumi a pretty good review and the price point might be better than Morimoto...


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      mitchh RE: Philly Ray May 7, 2009 06:43 AM

      Misso is my only choice for sashimi/sushi when I go downtown.

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        Beulah RE: mitchh May 7, 2009 08:21 AM

        Zento has wonderful, fresh sushi and sashimi.

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      bakerloo RE: Schpsychman May 7, 2009 11:01 AM

      I would recommend either Misso (on Spruce between 13th and Broad) or Morimoto.

      1. Seeker19104 RE: Schpsychman May 7, 2009 11:52 AM

        Try Moshi-Moshi.

        I'm really fond of their churashi.

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          chefpa938 RE: Schpsychman May 7, 2009 11:54 AM

          morimoto the fish is flown in from Tokyo an experience not to be missed

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            Boognish RE: Schpsychman May 7, 2009 01:31 PM

            My choice is always Zento. I used to love Misso, but was really underwhelmed the last few times I went there.

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              mitchh RE: Boognish May 8, 2009 06:40 AM


              Thanks for that post. I admit that I haven't been to Misso in quite some time (6 months). It's just too much of a hassle to go downtown. A drive that should take 25 minutes can end up taking an hour or more and then there's the drive back not to mention the $20 to park. Frankly it's just not worth it.

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                Boognish RE: mitchh May 8, 2009 06:55 AM

                Heh, I know what you mean! I live in W. Philly, and since they've removed the South St. Bridge, the normally 15 drive often takes close to 45 minutes.

                It's possible that Misso is back on its feet now. I might have hit them on a few off nights, but they really were lackluster IMO. With Zento on the other hand, I've never had a miss. Of course, it won't solve your driving issue with it being at 2nd and Chestnut, but I can generally find street parking($6/2hours) and walk right in. Definitely make a reservation though. It's small and gets packed.

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              bananafishes RE: Schpsychman May 8, 2009 11:10 AM

              I tried Sakeya recently, and was very pleased. I got the hwe dap bap (basically a Korean chirashi bowl), and my husband had the tekkadon, and the fish was fresh and tasty, and the vegetables in the hwe dap bap crisp and delicious. Since those were good, I imagine their sashimi is good, since those are both essentially sashimi sitting on top of a bowl of rice.


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                Buckethead RE: bananafishes May 8, 2009 11:15 AM

                I also tried Sakeya recently and was not pleased, none of the raw fish I had (we got the sushi and sashimi omakase) was worth eating. The miso soup was indistinguishable from Trader Joe's. Stick to Zento.

              2. gina RE: Schpsychman May 8, 2009 11:37 PM

                In terms of highest quality, I concur with Zento, and also recommend Uzu, about a block away on Market St. Both are BYO.

                However, dining by yourself, Raw on Sansom would be an ideal choice if you want more of a social scene. They actually have a bar, serve alcohol, and the quality/price point is quite good.

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