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wegweg Nov 9, 2009 11:47 AM

Looking for an All u can east sushi in the Philly region.
I have a 12 year old son with an appetite and a dream.
He has good taste, but will lower our Sagami standard for quantity.
Prefer city or Mainline, but have not found an all u can eat deal.

Makiman Sushi
7324 Oxford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111

  1. RC51Mike Nov 9, 2009 12:01 PM

    How about Minado on Germantown Pike. I was wary of all you can eat buffet sushi but I thought it was good as did a couple more experienced sushi eaters with us. They put out small batches of a large assortment so I didn't think there was sushi sitting out there for hours.


    2917 Swede Rd, Norristown, PA 19401

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    1. re: RC51Mike
      TwoBellies Nov 9, 2009 12:16 PM

      Minado = Meh!

      2917 Swede Rd, Norristown, PA 19401

      1. re: RC51Mike
        thehungrything Nov 9, 2009 06:05 PM

        I have to agree with the Meh! rating for Minado. The fish is prefrozen so it is watery, mushy texture, except for the octopus that is overly dense and chewy and all of it is tasteless. The sushi rice is also not good. I have two sons who like to gulp down sushi like it is popcorn and I decided it is still a much better experience to go to a good sushi bar and order the chef's sushi dinner, for about 25.00 or so. It is the same price as Minado, plenty of food, and so much better.
        I am not against "all you can eat sushi", I am against bland mushy sushi. I dont think it is better than whole foods sushi, I think it is much worse.

        2917 Swede Rd, Norristown, PA 19401

        1. re: thehungrything
          RC51Mike Nov 10, 2009 03:31 AM

          Thanks. We've had good experiences there but a differing opinion with explanation is helpful.

          1. re: thehungrything
            Boognish Nov 12, 2009 12:58 PM

            Almost all the fish you eat in any sushi restaurant is frozen and thawed. Freezing the fish aboard the vessel on which it's captured is the norm. Look at the tuna auctions at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo...not a "fresh" tuna to be found. Freezing preserves quality if done correctly.

            That said, mushy fish and bad sushi rice are awful.

            1. re: thehungrything
              waddsworth Dec 30, 2009 07:35 AM

              With the exception of tuna, almost all sashimi has to undergo a period of freezing for no less than 24 hrs. to kill any parasites. This is especially true with salmon, which can harbor worms.

              But I agree, Minado serves average (at best) quality fish. The price is only a value if you need to eat twice what you would normally eat at any other sushi joint.

          2. re: RC51Mike
            mrslloyddobler Nov 9, 2009 02:59 PM

            I was just at Minado last Friday. They have some very interesting rolls and their nigiri fish slices are huge and sit on a smallish ball of rice (perfect in my estimation). It's a couple notches up from Whole Foods sushi in terms of quality. I like this place b/c I leave with a full stomach for under $30. Some of the salads are also very good, but the Korean dishes are pretty bad (which is odd b/c most of the dinner guests tend to be Korean...). Oh, and they have tasty crab legs.

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            mitchh Nov 9, 2009 12:02 PM

            It's not in the city or Mainline, but I believe that Cho Cho San in Montgomeryville has all you can eat sushi on Sunday nights. While it may not be in the same league as Sagami for quality, it's very good.

            1. grusvag Nov 9, 2009 12:54 PM

              We used to go to Aoi in center city Phila but I hear it's changed it's name to Aki, upgraded the interior and is now limited to Wed and Sundays only for all-you-can-eat. Am eager to check out the new place. $25 for all-you-can-eat. Obviously can't vouch for the new place, but we always thought the sushi was great and the service was fine too.


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              1. re: grusvag
                Delucacheesemonger Nov 10, 2009 07:41 AM

                On last visit with three hounds, was AYCE every day, all day long. Some items better than others but certainly good enough for return visit. Staff very nice and always helpful.

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                jessicheese Nov 10, 2009 06:56 AM

                I believe Mixx in Chinatown has AYCE nights. The sushi is decent.

                I also enjoy Shogun 3 in Haverford, which has half price sushi on Monday & Tuesday nights. That's my go-to place when I'm on a budget because you can get a wider variety, plus choose what you want to eat. This would definitely be my suggestion for you and your son.

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                1. re: jessicheese
                  hillster Nov 10, 2009 07:36 AM

                  Haven't been to any of these. A friend of mine that has the WORST taste in the world likes Minado..not being judgmental...just saying. Craig Laban really liked Aki if my memory serves me correctly.

                  1. re: hillster
                    phillyjazz Nov 10, 2009 01:27 PM

                    Let's face it, All-You-Can-Eat ANYTHING is designed for volume and not quality. I'm not being a snob. I go to buffets once in awhile and stuff myself silly, but even the best Rodizio like Fogo de Chao is not serving up Prime meat like Morton's.

                    Sushi is especially labour-intensive and dependent largely on the freshness and quality of pricey ingredients. Do the math.

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                  monchichi Nov 10, 2009 05:07 PM

                  Cho Cho in Montgomeryville, Sunday evening $20 all you can eat rolls, from the special menu, about 10 different kinds their good, have done it many times, if you want volume you won't be disaapointed, you can order 3 rolls at a time.

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                  1. re: monchichi
                    jujuthomas Nov 11, 2009 09:09 AM

                    we really like cho cho. have not been for the AYCE tho... fuji in montgomeryville is doing 1/2 price sushi on Mondays and Tuesdays. It's from a select menu, but there's a lot to choose from.

                    1. re: jujuthomas
                      monchichi Dec 31, 2009 07:18 AM

                      another thumbs up for Cho Cho we have been going for 10 yrs. They also have excellent fancy rolls, especially spicy tuna sandwich and eel sandwich to me they are the best around, also the park ave and fashion rolls are excellent...when we lived closer we used to make a tradition on sun eves, and the same folks would be there too it was pretty funning seeing the same people for a while, and it was great to be enjoying the all you can eat rolls.

                      1. re: monchichi
                        mitchh Dec 31, 2009 07:30 AM


                        I would highly recommend trying the spicy tuna sandwich at Umai and Fuji. IMO better than Cho Cho's. Cho Cho puts a seasoning on their sandwich that I can't quite place that gives their sandwich a smoky flavor that at first I really liked, but have since lost the taste for.

                        1. re: mitchh
                          monchichi Jan 1, 2010 06:33 PM

                          Umai in CC or Landsdale? Fuji I am not impressed with.....Bonjung not bad put since knowing the owners after frequent visits some get better treatment than other.....if you know what i mean.....

                          1. re: monchichi
                            mitchh Jan 2, 2010 06:19 AM

                            Umai in Lansdale.

                            When was the last time you tried Fuji? If it's been a while I would recommend giving it another shot. I've had 3 meals there in the last 3 weeks and it was nothing short of exceptional.

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                    drjane Jan 3, 2010 09:38 AM

                    Try Kotatsu in Ardmore. They have AYCE sushi on Monday and Wednesday. You can sit at a table, but we prefer the sushi bar. You are given a list that has almost all of their normal nigiri and rolls (the toro and uni are off limits on AYCE nights) and you order a few items (or many, if you like) which are prepared fresh; then, when you finish those, you order the next round. The selection is good, and the scallops are the best I've had anywhere. The sushi chefs are very acccomodating and entertaining. My daughter loves eel, and the last time we were there she was handed a gratis eel hand roll because we were arguing about whether or not to order more eel.

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                      SushiFreak Jan 20, 2010 05:11 AM

                      I went to Makiman for the first time this past Saturday. Loved it. Everything was BEYOND fresh and rice was perfect. There's nothing worse than the rice falling off the rolls! Monday nights they have AYCE sushi, FYI!

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