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Best Sushi Bar

barryg Oct 20, 2010 08:43 AM

Where is the best sushi bar to saddle up, speak with an informed chef, and order properly made nigiri and sashimi? I'm not interested in rolls or entrees.

I know there are good places in Jersey and the burbs, feel free to mention them, but I am really looking in the city.

I realize the sushi topic comes up a lot but it's very difficult to read sushi reviews for this purpose because inevitably people start talking about how good/bad the spicy tuna roll is.

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    msmeda Nov 1, 2010 03:00 PM

    I also recently tried Doma for mostly nigiri and was pleasantly surprised. I had pretty much given up on affordable, good quality sushi in Philadelphia but this might just fit the bill.

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      lulu77 Oct 28, 2010 04:52 PM

      I recently tried Doma on 18th & Callowhill and thought it was excellent. Very small BYOB. We only had rolls though.

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      1. re: lulu77
        joluvscards Nov 2, 2010 04:58 AM

        Doma is a welcome addition to our hood. In addition to the sushi they also have an extensive Korean menu. All is excellent.

      2. thehungrything Oct 26, 2010 04:03 PM

        Fuji in Haddonfield

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          Ali Oct 27, 2010 07:05 AM

          Nothing against Matt (because Fuji is a fav for many for a good reason), but Umai (really, Umai Umai) and Zento are both spots in the city that could rival. I find that Umai is a little more bold in flavour, and Zento favours a more subtle approach. Umai is a lot less "traditional" and will do some crazy sushi, some of which are really good but I know this can be a turn-off for those who insist on just fish and rice. Zento tends to be more along the lines of what people are thinking when they think sushi. Both do custom rolls (that is, maki or nigiri ... neither serve chirashi if I'm remembering correctly and certainly neither serve oshizushi) if you choose to talk to the chef.

          Zento is a little easier to get to since it's Old City, around 2nd and Chestnut (I often pass the teeny little place by but maybe that's just me). Umai is in the Fairmount area, just a bit north of 22nd and Spring Garden. Both have good spicy tuna rolls. :)

          Oh and there's Zama. My single experience here has completely soured me to the restaurant, but others rave about the food so one would be remiss to not mention the place. With one exception, I found the food good but not great. And if you care about that sort of thing, the chef is a Japanese expat and have put in stints at both Genji and Pod.

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            joluvscards Nov 2, 2010 04:57 AM

            Dined at Zento this weekend. Loved it. It's a very small space, sort of spartan with a few tables and a small sushi bar. But oh the sushi was so wonderful. I like creative stuff and they came through. We loved the double shrimp roll and the tuna taco appie. Service was great and it's byo.

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          Chuckles52 Oct 24, 2010 04:50 PM

          Recently in a sushi rest. that served dishes on a conveyor. One was billed by the color of plates accumulated. Interested in finding one like this in Philly or general area. Any leads?

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          1. re: Chuckles52
            sockii Oct 24, 2010 05:58 PM

            I think Pod does the conveyor belt thing? Not 100% sure though.


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              InSearchOfTacos Oct 24, 2010 06:01 PM

              pod used to do this- and i believe they still do, but i didnt think their sushi was all that great.

              barry, if youre in the mood for something a bit more casual (and cheaper) than morimoto, ive always enjoyed shiroi hana in center city. in my experience, the fish was fresh and tasty.

            2. Delucacheesemonger Oct 20, 2010 10:07 AM

              Good post, feel the same way. In town use Morimoto bar, but always empty at lunch. Often take train to NYC for Yasuda.

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                PennMD Oct 24, 2010 01:46 PM

                I second Morimoto for Philly. Fresh, innovative sushi and sashimi. Great sake list too, but the bottles are expensive.

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                  AgentRed Oct 27, 2010 09:35 AM

                  Hah, I thought I was the only Philadelphian going all the way to NYC for Yasuda!

                2. re: Delucacheesemonger
                  barryg Nov 1, 2010 03:05 PM

                  Deluca, what is empty at lunch? The restaurant or the fish case?

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                    Delucacheesemonger Nov 4, 2010 05:10 AM

                    The last two times in , 2 or 3 booths were used and l was the only one at sushi bar,

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                      barryg Nov 4, 2010 05:46 AM

                      Ah. But still worth going at lunchtime to get sushi?

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                        Delucacheesemonger Nov 4, 2010 06:11 PM

                        Works for me !

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