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Hello? Moshi Moshi?

After the not eating at Mexican Post, we had to get some actual food. Some folks headed over to Moshi Moshi, so we eventually ended up there too. On the extra roundabout walk there, I had to stop by Capogiro for a free sample or too. R had never been there, so I had to indoctrinate her on all the glory that is Capogiro.Moshi Moshi is a small sushi place on 18th. I’d been there once before that, a couple of years ago. I remembered it being just fine before. R got a couple pieces of sashimi and a philly roll. She barely ate any of this, not because it was bad, but because she didn’t realize how much food it would be.

I got a house salad with the ginger dressing. I was pretty happy with this. This is one of the better ginger dressings I’ve had as of late.

I ordered one of their roll specials of the day. For the life of me, I can’t remember what it was called or exactly what was in it, but from this photo, I see salmon, asparagus, avocado, mango, and maybe soft shell crab. It was pretty good.

A/H was sitting at a different table, but he ordered this beautiful green avocado covered roll. I just had to include it just as food porn.

The service was ok, but we got there fairly late and it felt kind of rushed. They said it was last call for food and it was about 9:30. But it was a Tuesday night, so I don’t blame them. The prices here are reasonable. It’s nothing spectacular, but it’s a decent and low-key place to grab some sushi.

Moshi Moshi
108 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 496-9950

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Ginza Of Narberth

Remember a year ago when there was all that mom is turning 60 hoopla? All the crazy meals? All the shenanigans? All the to-do? Well, it’s a year later, and that time again, but only 61 this time, which basically means nothing. Well, nothing other than I took my mom out for a birthday dinner. And without fail, what does she pick? Sushi. That’s what she always picks. Seriously, she’s a creature of habit.

The place is small and next to the vet. That’s just how I’ve always known it. Oh, Ginza, next to the vet, right? You get complimentary edamame. I love anything complimentary.

Moms went with sushi regular. The food came out nice and quick and everything was fresh.

I got a paradise roll, which had crabmeat, avocado, cucumber, eel, and salmon. Quite tasty.

I also got a tempura udon. It was a good sized portion and simple. It wasn’t too salty or too sweet, it was quite plain, but in a a good way. The shrimp tempura were a good size (not too huge) and nicely fried.

The service is pretty good. The host (owner, I think) is just about the nicest man ever. Strangely enough, during our visit, there were tons of kids there, and I mean young kids. It was as if it was family night at Ginza. I don’t know about you, but I’d never seen so many kids at a sushi place in my life. On a cute note, there was a little girl you was trying to eat edamame. It was hilarious, ad the slippery little suckers kept flying all over the place! Ginza is not cheap. In fact, it’d been a few years since I’d been, and while the food stayed the same (still good) it really did seem like the prices went up. That was a disappointment, but the food itself was great.

Ginza Japanese Restaurant
801 Montgomery Ave
Narberth, PA
610-668-9959

Sushi Land – Land Of College Students

There are many sushi choices on the main line, and I’ve been to pretty much all of them in my life. But again and again, I go back to Sushi Land, the little gem in the heart of Bryn Mawr. It’s a cute little BYOB next to the Grog. And it’s always overrun with college students. And they have some of the best sushi on the main line. They have tons of roll options, and that’s pretty much what I’ve always gotten there. If you go here, you should really just get a slew of rolls and not even bother with any of the non-sushi choices.

J went with the mexican roll (bottom), lancaster roll (covered in cucumbers), philly roll (back right), and charley roll (back left). That’s a lot of rolls for one person, but as usual, he polished these all off with ease. We also got some miso soup. It’s pretty good here. I’d recommend it highly. The house salad on the other hand, I cannot recommend. It doesn’t have the regular ginger dressing. Instead, there’s a weird and not-so-pleasant nutty dressing (maybe pureed sesame seeds?) and I do not like it. I mean, it’s not terrible, but when I eat salad at a sushi place, I needs me some orange ginger dressing. And this weird beige paste just will not do.

Ok, so me? I got the villanova roll (back) and the cliff house roll (front). These are two of my favorites. The villanova roll is a favorite of many. And I hadn’t had cliff house in awhile, but I happily remembered how good it was. And I’ve always been a big fan of the mexican roll.

The only down side of sushi land is their spotty service. It’s really, really not that good. They take forever to give you your check, they don’t turn over tables very well (dirty dishes and spilled soy sauce will just lay at a table forever), and frankly, some of the the servers could use some lessons in smiling. It’s a good thing they have good food here, otherwise, the craptastic service could definitely drive people away. They also have all-you-can-eat nights here sometimes, if you can handle that. It gets packed with college kids trying to get their money’s worth, but they make it a fun time and keep the food coming all night long.

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