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Umi Sushi (Somerdale NJ) - pretty good

sockii | Feb 21, 201203:43 PM

Caveat that I never know whether to post in Jersey or Philly these days...kind of hate all of South Jersey being considered Philly suburbs, but the Jersey board is pretty much all North, so...

Last week the SO and I were in Somerdale for a movie and I found a lot of reviews saying Umi Sushi was decent. At least, I hoped it would be better than the primarily Chinese/Thai/Japanese-fusion places all around us in Gloucester/Salem county. It definitely was.

My SO immediately recognized the restaurant as previously being an Italian Red Gravy joint...indeed, one of the rolls is named for the former Italian restaurant and the "stained glass" boat window has the former name taped over - but beyond that it was a pretty classy meal. Very nice selection of sakes by various bottle sizes - my SO likes sweet while I like dry so we got two nice bottles to sample between us for $15 each. For starters we had Agedashi Tofu (one of my "test" dishes for any Japanese restaurant) and BBQ squid. The tofu was quite admirable - smaller squares, very lightly fried in a nice broth - not the heavy, clunky slabs I've had elsewhere. But the Squid was just out of this world. I was not expecting an entire squid on a platter, but that's what we got, and it was glorious. After that, I could have left happy.

We shared 3 of the house special rolls beyond that. All were fine, I liked the Tuna Lover the best, though they were all kind of that overdone Americanized roll that's so popular these days (and they have a massive selection of them, many named after restaurant regulars.) But that's what the SO likes so I obliged. I'm actually interested after this first experience to go back myself to try the sashimi or chirashi.

Anyway, it was extremely reasonable for the food & drink, I think about $78 before tax + tip. I'll be back and looking forward to seeing what else they've got to offer.

Umi Japanese Cuisine
11 N White Horse Pike, Somerdale, NJ 08083

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