In Univiersity City, up on a commerical strip that includes a pizza place, frozen yogurt shot, and a Wawa sits Chattime, a hand drawn noodle and sushi restaurant. Usually these two types of meals are not found alongside each other. But I was brave and craving something slurpy, so I made my way in. Inside, lunch service was bustling and service was extremely efficient. It had more seating than I anticipated.
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Today, in celebration of their 1 year anniversary, Hai Street Kitchen is offering FREE sushi burritos (starting at 11am, for the first 200 customers at both the Center City and University City locations). I have been a fan of Hai Street and their sushi burritos since I visited soon after their opening last year. I liked the shrimp tempura, loved all the veggie fillers and sauces, and was just ok on the pork belly. Plus I was sad there was salmon but no tuna. The kitchen is really receptive to feedback. Now, the rolls are bigger, the pork belly was replaced by citrus pork, and spicy tuna tartar has found its rightful place on the menu. And more recently, they did something extra awesome, catering to the ladies and fellas who always want to take it to the next level- any sushi burrito can now be flash fried.
Last summer I tried and enjoyed the first go at lunch service from CoZara, University City’s izakaya. Since then, the menu has been streamlined and the biggest change, sushi was added.
Kidari Sushi Yatai is one of those harmless neighborhood sushi places that you remember to check out when your Groupon for dinner there is expiring. Not that I haven’t had a decent sushi meal there, but you know what I mean. So, when I walked by and saw new lunch specials including one that incorporates bacon and kimchee, I was excited.
Philly is lacking in Izakayas; the Japanese, tapas-style, non-sushi, drinking encouraged type of place. CoZara, in University City, is helping to fill that gap. Open since late April, lunch service has finally started and I was lucky enough to receive an invite to try the lunch menu items.
Hai Street Kitchen opened at the end of May and has been busy every since. Philly seems to be responding well to oversized, sushi rolls made to order with traditional and non traditional ingredients. I waited a bit for my chance to try them, the line out the door the first week was too much for a quick lunch break. When I went, the line was contained to the inside and moved fast. Pick a protein, sauce, and vegetables or choose from 6 preset signature rolls. Set up like other build your own style places, you make your way down the counter as your ingredients are added to your roll.
2 summers ago I was very impressed at the quality and bounty of food provided in the bento box from Misora Express, centrally located on 15th and Chestnut Street. The beef negamaki and piles of side dishes made an excellent lunch package for under $10. I revisited Misora to see if the sushi based bentos were similarly appealing.