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Jul 6, 2012 09:05 AM

Real deal Sushi recommendations - D.C , NYC and anywhere in between?

Decided to start a new thread after 2 recent events:
1. Ate uni served by Shola
2. Watched 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' for the third time and still I cried

It's time to explore beyond the 'sushi made of cooked seafood' genre for me. Any recommentations?

Yes, I read about Fuji in Haddenfield and Makiman in N.E. Philly on this board. I will try them very soon, thanks. Are there other gems that you know of hiding in some neighborhoods in the greater Philadelphia area? You know, sushi-making places that are staffed by proud and passionate professionals?

Here is a link to an internet viewing of the documentary 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi':
[in Japanese with Chinese subtitles]

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  1. As a former NE Philly resident, who has been to Makiman in N. E. Philly three times,
    I would not place it in the same category as Fuji in Haddonfield. It is ok, but no comparison
    to the proud and passionate professionals who have it all together at Fuji in Haddonfield.

    Wish I knew of somewhere else that is great, but I suspect Matt Ito's Fuji has the competition, even in NYC beat, hands down. And, the value is excellent as well as the ecstasy experience.


    1. I agree with Bashful3 that Makiman is not anything special. It's just a somewhat above average sushi restaurant, but FTR they have a Center City location now that you can try. It;s on Spruce between Juniper and Broad, on the first floor of the Center City One condo building.

      1. There's always Sagami in Collingswood.

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        1. re: Philly Ray

          In Philadelphia, but Izumi isgetting a lot of positive vibe and comparisons with Morimoto. I have not been there.

          Zama and Zento are the other Philadelphia sushi restaurants that get positive pub. I have not been to either in a while.

          Neither Makimans, in CC or NE should be anywhere in this conversation. They can barely make a good roll, and their sashimi is not up to snuff.

          I have always liked Sagami, though their fish selection is not as adventurous as Fuji.

          1. re: cwdonald

            Izumi is pretty good, definitely one of the better sushi places in the city. They make some excellent raw fish dishes that aren't sushi as well. So is Zama, though I haven't been there in at least a year. Zento used to be my favorite but I've read that it has gone downhill since they moved to their new space and I haven't been back in a while.

          2. re: Philly Ray

            Finally had the chance to try Sagami this past weekend. Loved it, simplicity at its finest. Little things blew me away like the best tamago I've ever had. And while not sushi, their agedashi tofu also sets the bar by which I will compare any other version from this point forward.

            1. re: sockii

              Good to know. I haven't been there in years and was just wondering how it was doing. Might have to make the trip there soon.

          3. Makoto, in DC is excellent. You need to make reservations though.

            1. We love Fuji in Haddonfield. We drive to Jersey often, even though there are many Japanese restaurants in Philadelphia.
              Friends of ours like Doma, on Callowhill Street in Fairmount. We thought it was pretty good, but haven't been there for a while. Before we got addicted to Fuji, we often went to Mikado on Route 70 in Cherry Hill.

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              1. re: sylviag

                Went to Fuji last night. Found the fish slices on the nigiri fresh and tasty. However, the rice underneath was not up to par, much to my surprise and disappointment. The restaurant itself is comfortable.

                I will try the other recommendations nex, one by one. Someone suggested Ooka in Montgomeryville. Has anyone been?

                1. re: borntolovefood

                  Ooka is marginal .. if you didn't like Fuji, then you will be severely disappointed by most other sushi places in the area. If I were you, go to Morimoto, Zama or Zento next for anything in the same ballpark as Fuji.

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    Had sushi at Morimoto today. This was my second time, many years after the first. The place still looked dazzling new and it still made me feel quite dizzy.

                    We had the Morimoto sashimi. Tasty eye candies. Also had various sushi, and all agreed that the rice was very good - springy, vivid, chewy, a pleasure to eat. Our waiter confirmed the rumor that they use a brown rice from California but polish them to whiteness in the house.

                    Not a traditional sushi place but a few notches better than Fuji and certainly good enough to visit. Thank you all for the suggestion.

                    1. re: borntolovefood

                      Makiman in cc seems to have slipped
                      Rice was not good last two visits.