Starting this Wednesday, July 17th, Pod will be launching Sushi School. Sushi tutorials will be available to eight students for $35 per person. The class, offered at Pod’s conveyor belt sushi bar, is tought by in-house sushi chefs, Tomoyuki Takasu and Mr. Kim. Students will learn to make various types of sushi, observe butchering techniques and learn how to prepare and use ingredients that go into Pod’s signature sushi dishes.
Additionally, students will be offered a menu of miso soup, California roll, tuna hand roll, sorbet, plus a glass of wine. Guests will also receive a mini-sushi kit to take home with them.
Only eight seats will be available per session. Sushi School will be offered Sunday through Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. for the next several weeks.
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Stephen Starr’s modern Japanese restaurant, POD is keeping things fresh this summer by cooking up a brand-new menu, which features new lunch and dinner options, seasonal desserts and, best of all, cocktails.
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Kidari Sushi, which recently opened at 1824 South Street is offering a dine-in customers a menu of half-price sushi from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. nightly.
The deal runs Monday through Saturday and will expire at the end of August.
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Chef Sam Yoon, who was the master sushi chef at Midtown Village’s Raw has gone out on his own and opened Kidari at 1824 South Street. The location was previously Pinky’s, Sunny Point and most recently, Umai Cafe. Through the power of a paint roller and a new sushi bar, the space has been transformed into a smart looking BYOB.
The menu features soups, small cooked and raw small plates, salads, maki, terayaki and specialty rolls.
Kidari Sushi Menu (PDF)
1824 South Street
If you still think Manayunk is a culinary wasteland, you’re wrong. Oh, there’s plenty of bad. But there’s also Clark Gilbert’s fine Italian destination Gemelli (which recently became Bisou), and Nongyao “Moon” Kraputhong’s always-reliable Chabaa Thai. And now Kraputhong has added Yanako, an elegant, tranquil Japanese BYO to the equation. The cooked food is fine, but the offerings from the sushi bar are truly excellent. The rolls tend to be complex, which is just the way we like them. And if the live uni and top-shelf o-toro tuna belly are available, you’d be a fool not to order them.
4255 Main Street, Manayunk
Blessed with a good set of pipes? Woo your loved one with song and sushi. Yakitori Boy’s prix fixe Valentine’s menu includes the pictured “Sweet Heart Sushi Rolls.” Then head upstairs to a karaoke room and serenade your significant other with the cheesiest love songs you can find. For someone, this is a perfect valentine. For more options, check out our Valentine’s day Guide.
2013 Valentine’s Day Guide [f8f8z]
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Be Well Philly checks out the rice-less sushi options at Zama. And even a sushi-averse diner enjoys the meal.
Zama’s Sushi Goes Rice-less (and we tried it) [Be Well Philly]
Numa Sushi Bar had a sign posted that they were closing on Tuesday, January 15th. Oddly they were still operating on Wednesday but they did bail out on Restaurant Week. Michael Klein is speculating that the bi-level sushi bar that succeeded Moshi Moshi Sushi Bar might just be the location of Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery.
In an interview with Eater, Mendelsohn said he had settled on a location ”on Walnut. Around that area. But it’s bad luck to give out the specific address.” Mendelsohn also said it would take a four-month build-out to open the burger joint.
If Good Stuff Eatery does indeed open on 18th Street, it will be the latest opening that makes that stretch one of the best lunch rows in Philadelphia with everything from ramen to vegan.
University City’s Pod gives itself an update, adding new cooked items and with the help of chef Makoto, chef and partner of Stephen Starr’s Makoto in Miami, a refresh on the sushi menu as well.
Each piece of sushi is now topped with a garnish to complement the texture and flavor of the fish. There are now also specialty nigiri rolls, including the “Vegan Stephen,” made with tempura zucchini, avocado, kanpyo squash, eggplant and roasted pepper.
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Chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka is introducing new tasting menus to the regular menu. In addition to the $55 and $75 Chef’s Tasting menu there are three new fixe options focusing on maki ($36), sushi ($39) and sashimi ($45).
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