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Nov 9, 2009 11:47 AM

All u can eat sushi

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

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  1. 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

      Minado = Meh!

      2917 Swede Rd, Norristown, PA 19401

      1. re: RC51Mike

        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

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

          1. re: thehungrything

            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

              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

            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.

          3. 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. 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

                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.

              2. 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

                  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

                    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.

                2. 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

                    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

                      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


                        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

                          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

                            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.