If you’re someone, like me, who will do just about anything for sushi, Ai Ramen is helping you out this week. For the next two days, today, July 21st and Friday the 22nd, the new Asian spot in the Shops of Liberty Place will be giving out free California rolls with a purchase of any of their ramen bowls. BUT, this only applies to the first 100 people that stop by, so maybe take an early lunch break.
Ai Ramen, which is part of the rapidly expanding Hai Street Kitchen Co., focuses on quick-serve ramen, bao buns, and sushi. And for $10 a bowl, it’s not the worst place to grab a pretty great lunch.
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Hai Street Sushi Burrito opens in the food court at the Shops at Liberty Place.
Hai Street Kitchen opens its newest location today. The sushi roll fast-serve spot is now serving in the food court at the Shops of Liberty Place. This is Hai Street’s third Philadelphia location. There are also two locations in New York and a food truck roaming Philadelphia.
In other Philadelphia concepts branching out, Little Baby’s Ice Cream has a pop-up in Washington D.C. On Sundays. Washingtonians can get Little Baby’s unusual brand of ice cream on Sundays from 11am to 8pm in the Trickling Springs Creamery booth at Union Market.
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The Hai Street Kitchen line isn’t this long anymore, but it does still reach the sidewalk. (Photo from May, 2014)
Expect to see more from Hai Street Kitchen & Co. in the near future: this spring, they are opening their third location at The Shops at Liberty Place at 17th and Chestnut Street, just down the block from their original shop. Then in the summer, they’re opening at the King of Prussia Mall, alongside Nicolette Pizzeria, Melt Shop, Shake Shack and the Fat Ham.
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Hai Street Kitchen team (left to right: Patrick Hughes, Christa Vigilante, Nick Muzyczka, Rachel Knable, Craig Williams, Sun Joon Kim)poses with their new wheels
Hai Street Kitchen is revving it up as the weather warms up. The sushi burrito fast-casual brand is going mobile with a food truck that will be hitting the streets. This week the truck will be at the following locations:
- Wednesday between 33rd and 34th on Market Street from 11 am to 2 pm.
- Thursday at Almac Pharma Group in Souderton, PA from 10:30 am to 2 pm.
- Friday between 33rd and 34th on Market Street from 11 am to 1:30 pm.
- Friday Evening at Free Will Brewery in Perkasie, PA from 4 pm to 9pm.
- Saturday at 8 Oaks Distillery in New Tripoli, PA from 10:30 am to 6 pm.
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So you guys know there’s a new Hai Street Kitchen in University City, right? It’s at 125 S. 40th Street, and just to make absolutely sure you all know about the new place, they’re celebrating its grand opening by giving away free rolls on Thursday, January 15.
Which is nothing but good news for people who like sushi rolls the size of a burrito.
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Grilled chicken for the new “Hai Satay” at Hai Street Kitchen
Haven’t been Hai Street Kitchen in a while? It’s time to return to the Japanese burrito bar. HSK has launched a new menu with some very interesting items to try out.
While they will be keeping some of the old favorites, they’ve revamped the roll options with these newcomers:
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A lunchtime visit to the still-packing-them-in Hai Street Kitchen today revealed that the spot has added a new menu item. The Screaming Tuna is yellow fin tuna mixed with kimchi, gochujang sauce, sesame oil, pickled mango, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, red onion and asparagus. And like everything at Hai Street, it is then wrapped in rice and nori.
Though today’s wrap wasn’t the tightest I’ve received from Hai Street, the Screaming Tuna was another boldly flavored winner from Genji’s corporate offspring.
Hai Street Kitchen [Foobooz]
I did not make it to Hai Street Kitchen & Co. yesterday for the free maki rolls. However, occasional Foobooz contributor Fidel Gastro did brave the line. Check out his story on the line and the roll on his own blog.
Today, curiosity was too much to resist, even at 1:10 p.m. when the line stretched beyond the front door. Nineteen minutes later I had my custom roll and headed back to the office to critique and eat.
I went with a custom roll of flank steak (it was pink in the center of the slices and just looked too good to pass up), spicy gochujang sauce, wasabi guacamole sauce, romaine, carrot and red cabbage. It was finished with a shaker shake of fried garlic flakes. The roll was $8.99 for the steak plus another 99¢ for the wasabi guac.
The taste test
Remember when we told you about the free sushi deal to celebrate the day-before-opening of Hai Street Kitchen?
Yeah, well that’s today. And this is what the line looked like at around 1pm. So, you know, maybe you should’ve gotten there a little earlier…
The free maki rolls line has been cut off. Hai Street Kitchen opens for regular pay-for business tomorrow.
Hai Street Kitchen [f8b8z]
A couple months back, we wrote about the former Grillicious location at 18th and Ranstead getting turned into a remodeled and re-branded Japanese fast-casual operation by the crew that used to run Genji in Center City.
Well, now that all the re-thising and re-thating is done, the new Hai Street Kitchen has an opening date: May 22nd. But that is neither the best or the weirdest news…
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