4255 Main St.
Philadelphia , PA 19127
Parking: Street and nearby lots
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
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Cuisine type: Japanese
Meals Served: Lunch - Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. Dinner - Mon. thru Sun.
Style: This cedar-clad haven for quality sushi in Manayunk is the latest from Nongyao "Moon" Krapugthong, the owner of Chabaa Thai, who's turned to chef Agus Lukito (formerly of Izumi) to carry the Japanese-themed menu of this tranquil bilevel destination. The straightforward preparations are stronger than the more complicated rolls, as well-cut high-quality seafood distinguishes this fish counter as a worthy player. Some creative flashes, though, show greater potential.
Specialties: Tuna zuke; escolar appetizer with spicy miso sauce; fluke usuzukuri; albacore ponzu; Wellfleet oysters with jalapeño jelly; live uni; anago (sea eel); madai; chirashi; sashimi; yellowtail-scallion roll; Seven Seas roll; Yanako rolls; udon nabeyaki; negimaki; fried eggplant with dashi; lunch steak bento box; kabocha pumpkin custard. Dinner entrees, $9-$35. Sushi rolls, $5-$18.
Alcohol: BYOB. Bring a good-quality sake, a crisp lager, or Japanese craft ale from Hitachino Nest or Coedo.
Weekend noise: A reasonable 82 decibels. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Lunch Tuesday through Sunday, noon-3 p.m. Dinner Sunday through Thursday, 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 10 p.m.