According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Raw: Sushi & Sake Lounge owner and Philadelphia restaurateur Tony Rim picked up his work ethic from his father, who has owned a deli for more than 30 years, remaining doggedly dedicated to overseeing operations himself. Rim follows suit at each of his own eateries, and Raw is no exception. Inside a mood-lit dining area, dark-hued benches and sleek, circular tables host guests who chat near a 15-foot glass bar. Outside, an expansive patio enclosed by brick walls offers plentiful tables for planting glasses of exotic sake, digging into house-designed sushi rolls, or arm-wrestling fresh lobster.
The Original Fish Market's delectable dishes are expertly crafted by executive chef Sean Davies and delivered to each table on the back of a seahorse. The sushi, lunch, and constantly changing dinner menus feature fresh fish that’s flown in twice a day, more than 68 wines served by the glass, and a time-machine-cooled raw oyster bar that serves up shells so fresh they don’t even exist yet. Patrons can sample tongue-tantalizing maki and temaki such as a spicy scallop roll ($8) and a tuna roll ($7), as well as heartier dinner fare. Main-course selections such as lobster pasta provençal ($29) and farm-raised Tasmanian sea trout ($24) with toasted orzo salad, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts tame the swelling appetites of any matey. This Groupon is not valid toward the pre-fixe menu.
At Rice King Asian Cuisine, the staff doesn't force their diners to pick a favorite between Chinese, Japanese, or Thai fare. Instead they bring all dishes under one roof, creating a lengthy menu of spicy seafood, seasoned vegetables, garlic noodles, and aromatic rice. They introduce western concepts to some of the dishes in items such as bourbon chicken, cheesesteak roll, and bacon fried rice.
As live music reverberates through the elegant dining area and lounge, plates of contemporary and classic Asian dishes parade out from the kitchen. Sushi knives chop up fresh fish into specialty maki rolls, sashimi, and nigiri; grills sizzle up rib-eye teriyaki; and pots simmer with piquant curries. Patrons cheers to a full bar of specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and saki, sipping at the sushi-bar seating as they watch the chefs slice and dice, or relaxing at tabletops lining the sleek dining room, piano lounge, and outdoor patio. Further entertaining the senses, the restaurant hosts live performers each night, who are only sometimes coin-operated chimps playing miniature cymbals.
Thai 2 Go’s chefs draw on traditional and modern influences to concoct their own recipes for noodle dishes, curries, and sizzling stir-fries. Aromatic basil leaves, spicy chilis, and coconut milk season dishes such as pad thai and panang curry. No matter what you order, expect leftovers—even sturdy chopsticks begin to resemble toothpicks when considered beside the huge, family-size portions.
The skilled chefs at Thai Foon wrangle runaway appetites with delicacies from countries such as Thailand, Korea, and Vietnam. Whipped up with your choice of chicken, beef, or shrimp, signature dishes such as lemongrass stir-fry and spicy basil with bamboo shoots sate hunger while entertaining bored taste buds with a beautiful song about being eaten ($6.95–$7.95). Pad thai elevates diners to savory heights before safely drifting back to earth on a parachute held together by rice noodles and bean sprouts. Red, green, and yellow curries, on the other hand, prefer to lure patrons into a sweet, saucy trap before pelting them with carrots, bell peppers, and pineapple chunks. Bask in the warm glow of a thai curry noodles plate fortified with your favorite meat, or dig into a pile of house fried rice, grabbing forkful after forkful of minced Thai-style sausage, chicken, shrimp, beef, and lime-spritzed veggies ($8.95).