Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pod | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Pod is another venture by restauranteur Stephen Starr. Since Pizzeria Stella was such a hit, we decided to try another of his venues in celebration of my mom's birthday. Pod features contemporary Asian cuisine and very eccentric decor. The food and service, however, were outstanding. That's two-for-two for Stephen Starr!

3636 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 387-1803
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As we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted by this huge lighted sign. It had the feeling of an 80's era retro lighted billboard.

For some reason, I thought the interior was very J-Pop-ish. It must have been all the circles, colored lights and red vinyl...

Our "pod" came equipped with this light panel. Pressing a button would change the entire overhead lighting of our booth. It was highly entertaining for our four year old, but not so much for the other adults trying to enjoy their dinner.

We started with mushroom dumplings. The minimalist presentation really spoke to me amidst the heavier dishes that followed.

The House salad was tossed with a tasty ginger dressing.

The vegetable tempura was exceptional. The batter was light and crispy and fried to perfection.

Being of the Jasmine variety, the Seafood Fried Rice had a nice, fluffy texture. It was prepared Chinese style, without a lot of shoyu.

Here's a plate of their Vegetable Combination sushi platter.

The assorted sashimi was top notch. The pieces were fresh, fatty and flavorful.

Duck 2 Ways: a medium-rare pan-seared duck breast and duck confit in bao bun. This was the first time I've ever eaten duck medium rare and it rocked! It was by far, my favorite dish.

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