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Mar 25, 2010 09:23 AM

Vic Sushi in Spring House

Vic Sush just opened on Bethlehem Pike in Spring House (a few minutes north of Ambler). I went there last night and had a delicious Birthday Roll which is white tuna, salmon, tuna, avocado, cucumber, masago and pickled radish wrapped in soy paper and rice. It was really fresh and tasty.

The shopping center is easy to miss as it is perpendicular to Bethlehem Pike with a closed Philly Pretzel place out front. As a point of reference this stretch of the Pike is also home to the new Mina's Cucina Rustica which is really good too.

Apparently Vic Sushi used to be in Philly so they have somewhat of a following. Anyone else try it yet?

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    1. re: barryg

      They sold it to be closer to home.

      1. re: TeamPhilly

        I just went to Vic on 20th St. in the city last night. Same staff, same deals, same good sushi. So it's not closed, but has new owners?

        1. re: felicia.dambrosio

          The old owner opened a new place in Spring House. His staff now owns the Sansom Street location.

    2. we went to VIC last night and loved it. The Tiger Roll, the Spicy Combo Roll, the Sashimi Roll, and another one.. maybe the Lover Roll... they were awesome! the fish was fresh and delicious!!! Vic and his wife are VERY NICE! only would ask for the wasabi to be hotter!!! Cute little place.. nothing fancy.. just really good, innovative, fun rolls. If you like FISH, you'll love it. Prices are VERY reasonable for this area, and we will be back regularly. Check it out!!!
      ps.. nice to meet you team philly!!! :)

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      1. re: minniebb

        You too. Thanks for the sushi tips.

        1. re: TeamPhilly

          Good to know that there's another good sushi option around here.

          I've been off of sushi for a while, but when I get back on the train I'll give this a shot.

          1. re: mitchh

            Mitch, I just checked out the menu and BF and I must make the trip to try it out. Post back if you go! I enjoy reading your sushi reviews!

      2. all - went again last thursday - sushi was amazing! fish is incredibly fresh! seaweed salad was VERY GOOD! the SO and I finished it. also tasted the spring rolls just for fun... YUMMY! this place is a gem.. go - be adventurous - and ENJOY! Tiger roll, lucky roll, sashimi roll (not a roll - sashimi on a bed of radish) spicy combo roll - salmon sashimi that melts in your mouth.. outstanding!

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        1. re: minniebb

          Well, the sushi bug hit me this weekend so I decided to take the wife to Vic based on the reviews. We almost didn't go because they don't take reservations, but ended up going anway. The short story is that we were not disappointed in the least, but here's a longer review.

          For starters, the best landmark to use is the Drafting Room as Vic is in the shopping center right next to it. If ambiance is what you are looking for, then Vic isn't your place. It's a super casual small spot (8-10 tables and maybe 8 seats at the sushi bar. Also, there's only one sushi chef, so if it's busy and everyone is ordering sushi, you could be in for a long wait.

          We started with the spicy tuna tartar. If you didn't tell me otherwise I would have thought that it was toro tartar as it had a very buttery consistency. The presenation was very nice and it was topped with tobiko and jalapeno tobiko. Personally I would have liked it a touch spicier, but it was very good.

          Because what was on the sashimi combo didn't interest us that much (specifically I can do without clam and kani) I asked if they would make the nigiri combo as sashimi and they were happy to accomodate. Instead of the clam and kani it included eel, white tuna and striped bass along with tuna, salmon and yellow tail. All of the fishes were of highest quality. The cuts were a little longer than I prefer, but nice and thin as I like.

          Along with that platter we also ordered the Holiday roll (scallop, mango, avocado, cucumber and masago wrapped in soy paper with spicy mayo). That roll is an absolute winner. The combination of the sweet scallop and mango along with creamy avocado along with the crunch of the cucumber was excellent.

          Still a bit hungry and curious we then ordered the i Roll and the Tiger roll The Tiger roll is tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado and masago wrapped in white seaweed. It's called a Tiger roll because the white seaweed is striped so it looks like a tiger. This is a good roll that is just a nice blend of different fishes.

          The i Roll, on the other hand is one of the best rolls I have EVER eaten. It's spicy tuna, white tuna, pineapple, avocado, masago and coconut jam wrapped in soy paper. Bruce at Sushikazu made a roll with pineapple for us years ago and this was just like it except it's on steroids. The combination of flavors is out of this world and you taste them in layers. You first get the spicy of the tuna along with the creamy avocado, but then you get hit with the sweet pineapple finished off by the coconut jam. Personally I would definitely recommend eating this one last. It's a great "dessert" sushi roll.

          All of that was $75, which IMO is quite reasonable for that amount of food.

          There are a number of other rolls that look very good that I look forward to trying in the near future.

          Vic is a welcome addition to the area. I would highly recommend giving it a shot. I don't think you will be disappointed.

          1. re: mitchh

            thanks for the review Mitch! we'll have to check it out soon.

            1. re: jujuthomas

              Vic passed its second test. This past weekend I was at a post-communion get together and when the 10 people talked about ordering sushi I put my recommendation on the line and said I would take care of ordering from Vic, which nobody had heard of. Everyone there was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the fusion of fruit, spicy and fish in some of the rolls.

              I ordered a 32 and 86 piece platter along with 5 or 6 rolls. The total bill was $190 and worth every penny.

              1. re: mitchh

                We are planning on stopping there this week. Very excited!

                1. re: crazyspice

                  Please post a review after you go. I hope you enjoy it.

            2. re: mitchh

              FYI, the Drafting Room closed shortly after the above message was posted, for those using the DR as a landmark to find Vic.

              1. re: mikerichi

                this is true, but the sign is still up. So until someone opens something else... it's still a valid landmark. :)

              2. re: mitchh

                Great review Mitch. I agree about the I-roll. It's about the best sushi roll I've ever had. I love the coconut jam.

                1. re: mitchh

                  Hi. My husband and I have eaten at Vic a bunch of times so far and agree with all of the posts. I thought I'd add a few more points. First, we also like our Spicy Tuna a bit more spicy, so we just ask Vic each time and he accommodates us with a smile. It comes out just perfect. We have also asked him to add avocado to the tuna and salmon roll. My point is that he will do anything you want. Next, I don't think anyone has even mentioned the fact that they have a full Thai menu as well, and we often go in and have some sushi/sashimi, and complement it with an order of the Pad Seeuw with shrimp, chicken or vegetables (depending on our mood) and put the hot sauce on for more spice.

                  1. re: foodie527

                    Vic has the best steamed dumplings I think I've ever eaten. I tried some of a friend's chicken teriyaki last time we went, and I wasn't wild about that. the chicken tasted reheated or something... the sauce was a touch too sweet for me.
                    Love, love the tom yum soup, will be trying some of the thai dishes as soon as I get done trying all the sushi rolls! ;)

                    1. re: foodie527

                      Funny you mentioned their Thai as I just mentioned it in the Thai Tanic thread.

                      Foodie you are 100% correct, Vic will accommodate virtually any request. I, too, prefer my spicy tuna a bit spicy and he will kick the spicy tuna tartar up a notch, even topping it with wasabi tobiko from time to time.

                      1. re: mitchh

                        darnit! got my taste buds all cravin vic and they aren't open on Sundays! augh!

                        1. re: jujuthomas

                          I know how you feel - was thinking about heading over there to pick some up for lunch and then remembered they were closed today - bummer!! Maybe we could start a campaign for Sushi Sundays at Vic. How many of you foodies out there would like to join us???!!!

                            1. re: crazyspice

                              We have begged VIC to open on Sundays.. we're in.. we went to OOKA last night... but would have gone to VIC in a sec if he were open.

                              1. re: minniebb

                                Sorry, I'm out on that one. Vic is a family man and with virtually no staff for the time being he deserves a day off too. :)

                                1. re: mitchh

                                  I agree with Mitch. I was bummed they weren't open on Sunday, but unless he gets someone else to make the sushi I'm ok with them being closed. :)

                                  1. re: mitchh

                                    Well, when you put it that way, I have to agree. I am pulling my vote.

                  2. headed to Vic's with a friend tomorrow for dinner! Can't wait to try the special rolls.

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                    1. re: jujuthomas

                      I went for lunch the other day and based on the recommendations on this board I tried the I Roll, it was fabulous, the best roll I have ever eaten. I was nervous about the combination of fish with sweet but it was just perfect. I cannot wait to work my way down the list!

                      The only complaint I have is I wish there was more of a dining area, it felt more like a take out place than a restaurant. But I will overlook that for sushi that good.

                      1. re: AmblerGirl

                        Glad you enjoyed it, AmblerGirl.

                        Back in the old days, Bruce at Sushikazu introduced me to the fusion of fish and fruit. In fact the iRoll is very similar to a roll he created/named for my wife and me except Vic took it to another level. The iRoll has so many levels of flavor that just hit you at different times when you eat it. The coconut jam really takes that roll over the edge from being very good to being excellent.

                        I agree with you about the lack of a true dining room, but if it keeps prices reasonable I'm okay with that! :)

                      2. re: jujuthomas

                        2 words... LOVED it! :) yes, it's teeny tiny, but who cares?!?! I can see them doing a huge take out business at this location. I could easily swing by after I get off the train in ambler and pick up dinner.
                        I started with the kani salad - just in the mood, you know? then my friend and I both ordered volcano rolls, and shared the protein and summer rolls. I was a little unsure about the fruit thing, but we LOVED the protein roll - it's spicy tuna, white tuna, crab stick avocado and apple in soy paper. I didn't love the summer roll, but I'm not that fond of cucumber and that was 1/2 the contents. That one is topped with mango. I brought the menu home, there are several other rolls I'm eager to try. our dinner was only $49, very reasonable. :)

                        1. re: jujuthomas

                          Glad you enjoyed it! Next time you definitely need to try the iRoll. I do not exaggerate when I say it's one of the best rolls I have ever had.

                          1. re: mitchh

                            I took DH there last night, we had the protein roll, the naruto and the spicy combo. all very good! I am eager to work my way thru the list of special rolls! I also had the Tom Yam soup - something I never tried before, but will certainly have again! it was delish.
                            i do not care for coconut (i'm working on that...), but DH plans to try the iroll on our next visit. :) maybe I'll try a bite of it... we'll see. :)

                            1. re: jujuthomas

                              Try a bite of it. The coconut jam doesn't overpower it at all, it just adds to the level of flavors. I don't think you will be disappointed.

                              Vic is interesting as it is Thai and Japanese, which is a combo that I haven't seen in the past. Some of the rolls certainly have the Thai influence. Tom Yom (or Yam) is one of my favorite soups and I always get it whenever I have Thai. I

                      3. Glad you're all loving it.. we were there again Friday night.. FISH is soo fresh and amazing... the LUCKY roll is another winner!! enjoy!

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                        1. re: minniebb

                          Took a couple of friends to Vic last night. Both are big fans of Umai and both though that Vic was on par with it.

                          Another absolute MUST try are the tuna dumplings. Chef Vic pounds tuna to make the dumpling "wrapper" and inside is a creamy avocado and crab blend that is extremely good. It's topped with caviar and served with a spicy mayo and sweet eel sauce.

                          BTW, they do read Chowhound, so keep up with the kind words and spread the word!

                          1. re: mitchh

                            wow, that tuna dumpling sounds divine!

                            1. re: jujuthomas

                              Oh, it was! The best news is that it travels really well as I took an order to go for my wife. I could see another order in my future tonight! :)