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Wasabi House

There are a thousand and one sushi choices in center city. So we pretty much just ended up at Wasabi House, just by picking a neighborhood and roaming around. The dining room is small, and it really seems to be mostly a take-out joint. Their normal house salad thing with the ginger dressing is HUGE! I wanted something refreshing and crunchy so I ordered the cucumber salad, because it said hot & spicy. This thing was totally korean! And I loved it.
Here’s Wasabi House’s version of Sushi Regular. While it tasted fine, my problem with it was that there were multiple pieces of some of the sushi. With only 7 pieces in total, you only got 3 types of fish and shrimp. Did they run out of other fish that day? Is this their normal Sushi Regular? I have to call them out on the lack of variety here.
Here are the tuna and avocado roll and the Fancy Roll (cucumber, avocado, carrots, crabstick). Both of these were fine, but nothing exciting. I have to say, I picked some boring rolls that night! My bad! It wasn’t particularly memorable, but just fine.
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Izumi

Izumi is a japanese / sushi spot on East Passyunk, in an otherwise mostly asian food-less strip of the area. It’s got outdoor seating and some indoor seating in tables, hightops, and at the sushi bar. It’s fairly clean, sleek, and modern on the inside.
Here are the gyoza, made with pork. They’re served with pickled cucumber (which weren’t particularly pickley) and already come doused and bathing in some dipping sauce. These were decent.
Here’s the izumi sashimi sampler. We have
surf clam with spicy miso, squid with smoked sea salt and lemon oil, fluke with tataki sauce, salmon carpaccio kaiware and shiso oil, and tuna with tofu vinaigrette. These were all excellent and super fresh!

Here are a couple of their specialty rolls. The one on the left had some spicy tuna and avocado and crunchies on top. The one on the right was a special of the night and had a spicy scallop topping. Both of these were great as well.
The dessert was the craziest thing ever. It was a chocolate cake topped with coconut gelato, all covered in meringue, then topped with chocolate sauce and toasted coconut. It was truly decadent and while tasty, was a bit too rich for me. I could only take a couple of small bites. It was a nice meal!

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Margaret Kuo’s – The Akari Room

For mother’s day this year, we somehow ended up at Margaret Kuo’s Akari Room in Wayne. My aunt picked it. But then she didn’t end up going. But we had to go anyway. That’s ok, the old lady would have picked sushi anyway. This is on the second floor of the chinese part of Margaret Kuo’s. It’s swanky. There’s a large sushi bar and plenty of tables and traditional style booths.
The miso soup – quite respectable. Mom didn’t complain about it being too salty or anything. It was just right.
Since I always like to try the agedashi tofu, I tried it here too. And it was good! It was nice and hot and the sauce was spot on.
Mom’s sushi dinner, which is usually her go-to at any sushi joint. Everything was good and fresh.
As for me, I went with a grilled chilean sea bass in an orange miso sauce. This was a great big honkin piece of fish! And it tasted great too. The sauce was just a tiny bit on the orangey side, just enough. The veggies were great too. All in all, this was good food with good service and a fancy atmosphere.

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