Stephen Starr’s space-age Pod was Philadelphia’s introduction to something that was old hat in London and New York: the sushi conveyor belt. Paired with the white plastic decor and the possibility of changing the lighting in the “pod” in which one is seated (Fuchsia! Aqua!), the conveyor belt gives Pod a Disney World-for-adults feel. But patrons have tired a bit of the toys, having learned that not all sushi looks appetizing when lit with apple-green lights. Instead, they come for the Asian fusion dishes, the well-selected sake list and the elaborately plated desserts.
Our family, ages 8 to 76 , went to Pod last night for a birthday celebration and the food, presetation, wine, and service blew us away.We loved the total experiencea will go back for the next b'day in the family. One caution, the lettuce wrap looks gray under the wrong lighting,.go for the white until your menu selection is confirmed. Posted by SUSAN M: Nov. November 16th, 2009 at 8:25 PM
I've been going to Pod for a number of years, and last night's experience was one of my worst dining experience in a long time. Combine rudeness on the part of the reception hostess when we inquired about the possibility of accommodating one more guest who might be joining our party, to noisy and (kitchen) smelling quarters, to sub-standard foods (the salmon was sweet and soggy and the appetizers had lost their usual crispness), and this was a disaster. Wont be going back for a *very* long time. Posted by Roch: Apr. April 4th, 2008 at 7:43 AM