Archive for 'sushi'

Trick or Treat? Tricks on Me by I-Sushi

photo via I-Sushi

Do you ever have a long ass day where you just want to treat yourself with sushi? I do and I did. I saw the Vampire Bowl, described as “tuna in fried avocado” on the sushi appetizer menu at I-Sushi and I hoped a fried avocado lovingly filled with tuna would perk me up.

But the trick was on me!

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Keep it Sushi-like at Hai Street Kitchen

 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.  

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Misora Express Bento Revisit

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.

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Seeing what the fuss is about at Vic Sushi Bar

I remembered  hearing about Vic Sushi Bar and how great it was when I moved to Philly. Somehow it has taken me this long to actually try it out. Vic’s is pretty tiny and mostly used for takeout, which is what 2 coworkers and I decided to do.

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Beyond Spicy Tuna: A Signature Sushi Roll for Lunch at Chinamoto

Philly has numerous sushi spots with identical lunch specials, 3 rolls and a miso soup for around $11 (or 2 rolls for $8). It is a fine lunch; fast, pretty healthy, and salty. The problem is that the rolls they let you choose from are the boring ones. You know, the veggie ones, california rolls, or what I go for- the simple spicy tuna. Sometimes, though, you just to indulge in one of those fully loaded, crazy rolls that are served at dinner, but  at a lunch time price.

Chinamoto recently opened by Tashan on Broad Street two months ago. The space has a modern, trendy ambiance. There is a sushi bar, which is a big part of the menu, but Thai and Chinese plates are also available during lunch. And along with the 3 roll for $11 deal, are a few dinner menu style signature sushi rolls.   Read more »

Robot Sushi and Froyo at Yoshi

Today Luncher John finds out if robots can make sushi.

Suburban Station isn’t exactly the foremost food destination in Center City. It does, however, now offer something available nowhere else in Philly: Yoshi – a combination frozen yogurt and fast food sushi (YOgurt + suSHI) establishment. Sure, there are a ton of frozen yogurt shops in town, but where else can you get a sushi lunch to accompany dessert?

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New Sushi and Thai Food at Roe in Old City (plus a 1/2 off offer)

This week, Luncher Janeane from Phillyism is in Old City to try a new sushi spot.

Generally, loud signage and/or dual specialties are usually a huge turn-off for me, but my desire to find good sushi in Old City pushed me into Roe Thai and Japanese for the first time.

Beyond the front door, the space is actually pretty nice with a small sushi bar for four and table seating for about 16 people – give or take (I don’t count very well when I’m hungry).  The décor is simple making the space feel comfortable in a slightly upscale kind of way.

At first glance, the menu appears to be relatively expensive but once I really took a look at everything they offer, I was able to find a few legit lunches within budget (pretax at least…). Although the specialties include both Thai and Japanese, I had to go right for the Japanese side of things.

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