Best Parts of Raw Are Not Raw

Craig LaBan visits Raw Sushi and Sake Lounge on the Piazza at Schmidts and isn’t really thrilled with the restaurant. It sounds like owner Tony Rim is in the same boat, so the most interesting part of the review is what changes are being made. For one, Raw is debuting a robata (grilled meat) tent outside.

It’s an odd stroke of trendy turnabout that a touch of the Night Market/pop-up craze could somehow save a big-ticket restaurant. But “Occupy Piazza” just might work ….

When it’s open, 20 seats will be able to cook their own skewers at a Korean-style table grill. There will also be soups available – a ramen noodle bowl that’s been in the works (which I didn’t taste), as well as some udon (which I did), the rope-thick chewy noodles basking in a pristine broth with plump shrimp and mushrooms.

One Bell – Hit or Miss

Raw Sushi and Sake Lounge [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Raw [Official Site]