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Posted by WillTryAnythingOnce on 05/31/2009
When I pay this much for dinner I hope for a feast for all my senses. In this case, the food was beautifully presented, well seasoned and (with the exception of the glazed salmon which was very undercooked and served lukewarm) well prepared. The decor is Japanese modern with plastic seating, anime playing on the large flatscreen tv over the sushi bar, and incessant anime techno music. Actually, the din was so great that I think it was techno music, I could just hear the repetitious drumming of base notes, like when a car with a custom sound system pulls up next to you at a red light. The cement floors and hard furniture leave nothing to absorb the sound in this large restaurant. We arrived at 7:30 and left at 10 pm, by which time the noise level was so great that I could not hear the person across the table from me and had to lean into the person next to me and talk directly into their ear. I find it exhausting to have to raise my voice to converse for 2 1/2 hours. In the end, we just gave up trying to talk, ate and left. On the way out I noticed that the fringes of the room were much quieter than the central part where we were (unfortunately) seated. If you go, ask for one of the few private pod booths or to be seated on the edge of the dining floor if you want less noise.
Posted by enjay on 09/22/2008
Ate @ Pod this past Saturday night and the food was great! There were 4 of us and we had the following: appetizers - the lobster roll (great), chicken pot stickers (really good) , kobe beef (really good), main course - glazed sea bass (great), pork special with au gratin japanese potatoes (great), terriyaki salmon (good), the tuna 3 ways (I didn't taste but was assured it was great and a side of mushroom fried rice (delicious). We all ate every last morsel of food that came across our table. Everyone reported that all drinks were yummy. Only minor complaint is that we had a 9:15 reservation and we still had to wait another 15 minutes or so before we were seated. I took the time to get a drink at the bar but a couple in my party were restless. In terms of service - our bartender and our waitress were both great. I highly recommend POD if you're looking for a good meal + drinks. There's definitely a very trendy/borderline pretentious scene - so if you're not up for that, skip it.
Posted by Josephus on 12/03/2007
We went here for a birthday a few weeks ago - food was great, atmosphere was pretty trendy, which was refreshing since it is an upscale place. I recommend the wasabi encrusted filet.
Posted by jksuny on 09/01/2007
We ate at Pod this past weekend and had the spicy tuna roll and lettuce wrap appetizers (both were delicious!) and the pork tenderloin and macademia chicken for dinner as well as the tower dessert. We thought the food and atmosphere were great. The menu is a bit pricey, but no worse then any other eatery in Philadelphia. Our server seemed to be new and we found ourselves wondering quite frequently where he had dissapeared to with our drinks, etc. Other then that we had a very nice time!!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2007
I was recommend this restaurant by someone who lives in Philly. I was extremely disappointed. We have real sushi here in the suburbs. The Calamari was excellent, the Sushi was mediocre at best. The atmosphere in my opinion was pretentious.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/26/2007
My friends and I went here for a birthday party. There was about 14 of us, and it was very busy, so the service was reasonably good, all considering. The place has a very modern look to it. Very nice atmosphere. My sister and I shared the tempura vegetables, the edamae, and bok choy as appetizers. All three were good, but nothing really special about any of them. My one friend had the Wild mushroom fried rice, which was pretty good, but again, nothing special. For dinner, my sister and I shared a caesar salad. The dressing was not a traditional caesar, and had a funny after taste. I took it home, and the next day it was even worse. The portions were pretty good sized, especially considering how expensive everything was. My one friend ordered the macadamia chicken stir fry which I tasted. It was pretty good. The dessert was definately the best part. We shared three desserts - the fruit brulee, triple chocolate dessert, and the sorbet trio. All three were rich and excellent. Overall it was an interesting place, but I will not be returning.