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Best BYO in Near Downtown Phila?

Try Mandoline. It can get cramped but its worth it and a little cheaper than Matyson.

May 21, 2007
hungry_san in Pennsylvania

morimoto

jwbausch, you sound like the kid who was picked on an awful lot at sometime in your adolescence. Unfortunately for you, we're not those kids who picked on you, so stop trying to get back at us.

What we are, however, is a group of people who enjoy not only good food but the pleasure of passing on and receiving tips about it. If you're only going to take part in half of that, or flaunt your reluctance towards any of it, please refrain completely.

By the way, as a person who actually lived in Japan and speaks Japanese, no one actually calls the sushi chef "itamae". Especially no one "hard core"

Apr 12, 2007
hungry_san in Pennsylvania

morimoto

I'm sorry but I have to disagree. "The first rule of good sushi" is not to have it in a Japanese restaurant. My guess is that it would be something along the lines of fresh fish? Well-made rice? I lived in Japan for a long time, and in this case I'm certainly not biased, but it bothers me when ethnicity/nationality are factored into a final product. Half of the "fantastic szechuan" cuisine you've ever eaten is made by back-house Taiwanese or Fujianese. Eaten "great Indian"? Most times you'll have to learn to say thank you in Bengali. I've never been to Swanky Bubbles, and its certainly not Japanese, but let's not rule out good sushi simply because it wasn't made by a Japanese person.

Apr 12, 2007
hungry_san in Pennsylvania

If I like Matyson, I have to try...

My family is coming in this weekend and I was slow to make reservations at Matyson, a favorite of my Dad's. What else is out there that is comparable in cuisine and price range?

Feb 12, 2007
hungry_san in Pennsylvania

Search Options

What happened to the two ways to search, by most recent and by most relevant? Is the search by most relevant option going to come back or is it going to stay by date? The return content isn't as good as it used to be.

Feb 03, 2007
hungry_san in Site Talk

One Day in Philly

Don't leave Philly without going to Matyson.

Jan 04, 2007
hungry_san in Pennsylvania

Best all around Japanese in NYC?

Does Riki serve Hayashi rice? It said on menupages that it did, but I didn't think so.

Dec 09, 2006
hungry_san in Manhattan

Indonesian in Philly

Isn't there a place on Race called Indonesian Restaurant that's supposed to be really good?

Dec 08, 2006
hungry_san in Pennsylvania

Best all around Japanese in NYC?

Didn't Toraya close?

Nov 30, 2006
hungry_san in Manhattan

tokyo-style sushi?

FWIW, I think Tokyo-style and Edo-style sushi are pretty much the same thing. What the itamae was differentiating between when he said Yasuda serves "Tokyo-style" was between Kansai and Tokyo-style sushi. Tokyo (or Edo-style) is the hand-rolled or hand-formed sushi that we all know whereas Kansai-style sushi is Oshizushi or pressed sushi. In that case you're in luck because you'd be hardpressed to find good oshizushi anywhere in Manhattan.

Nov 08, 2006
hungry_san in Manhattan

Bento Box dessert at Ruby Foos

It looks like mochi ice cream from here.

Oct 08, 2006
hungry_san in Manhattan

Ramen Place in Center City

I was just checking the Pennsylvania board for authentic, non-sushi, Japanese food when I saw a post from about a year ago about a ramen shop opening up on 20th street between Walnut and Market.

Are there any updates one year later?

Sep 18, 2006
hungry_san in Pennsylvania

Japanese Bakery

I was wondering if there were any good Japanese bakeries in the city, specifically serving good dorayaki, mochi, or anything authentic. If so, is there a particularly good one? Anywhere is fine.

Jul 04, 2006
hungry_san in Manhattan