1720 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910339.950792 -75.169618
Excellent, moderately priced Japanese food – We had a wonderful dinner at Kingyo (Genji) restaurant. The sashimi was very tender and fresh, the beef teryaki was tender and tasty and a yellowfin collar fish preparation was excellent and reasonably priced. The homemade ice cream was also quite good (try the mango). Our only disappointment is that they were out of sea bass and a Cabernet that we wanted to order but provided another excellent Cabernet. The service was friendly and efficient. If you want an outstanding dinner close to Rittenhouse Square but away from the noise and crowds, Kingyo (Gengi) restaurant is highly recommended.
What happened? – I used to go to Genji all the time when I was a student and it was so so good. I just moved back to Philly and it was one of my first stops. What a difference and not in a good way. The fish was way too salty and didn't taste fresh at all. I don't think I'll be going back any time soon.
Deteriorated – I totally agree on "Onece the best, now a disappointment" and "Totally overated". It was really disappointing for those who knew Genji was excellent around 2002...
Extremely Overrated!!! – We'd heard that Genji was good and there were a lot of people there when we got there, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. Our salads were a plate of limp, browning lettuce that were way overpriced. We ordered a few rolls and none of them were particularly good. The spicy tuna was awful - when we told the waiter we didn't care for it, he explained they used a jalpeno based spicy sauce, not the type of sauce most places use. We didn't even eat it. The other rolls were blah and didn't really have any flavor. The soy sauce was so salty we couldn't even use it - the nori tasted too salty as well. The service was mediocre at best. I have eaten at about 6 other sushi restaurants in Philly and this is the worst yet. If you want really good, really fresh sushi - go to Kisso in Old City. I've been there over a dozen times and have never been disappointed.
Not impressed... – I don't even know how Genji competes with the other sushi bars in center city. The sushi here is not fresh and the restaurant on the whole is not welcoming. I would much rather eat at Fuji and get the freshest fish at a reasonable price. Also their sake selection is very limited and generic.
Best Uni in the city! – By far the freshest Uni in the city. For more sushi reviews go to my rant and rave section of alistpromotions dot com
fresh and tasty – I like Genji. The rolls were tasty and the tofu was the most fresh and authentic I've had in a long time. I have just two complaints: 1) tables seem too close together, so if there's a loud person at a neighboring table you can't help but hear their entire conversation, and 2) the nori on some of my hosomaki rolls was much too damp. Despite other peoples' complaints, I found the service to be polite and attentive.
Mid-day sanctuary from sooty Sansom Street--and some of the best sushi in town. – In Short
The Center City Genji is the sleeker, younger sister of the University City location. A line of unobtrusive chefs stands at attention and work their magic behind the spotless sushi bar near the door. On the other side of the bar, a quiet following of mostly business people stop by for a quick and light repast.
Best sushi in town – The sushi is incredible. Every piece perfect. Sea urchin my favorite, and don't forget the live scallops. Just delicious. Everytime I stop in for just a few pieces I end up not being able to leave. Every bite better than the last. As for bad service in the restaurant area I can't say anything, the sushi bar chefs are very nice.
Once the best, now a disappointment – This place used to have the best sushi in Philadelphia. Now, the sushi is so-so, makng it completely overpriced. In addition, the ambience is horrible and the service abominable. I don't know what happened, but I have been burned twice and won't ever go back.
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