What makes this restaurant special is the decor and atmosphere that surrounds it. It's a combination of 2001 A Space Odyssey meets Austin Powers.
The seating area next to the bar is basically a series of red cushioned blocks, while the bathrooms are unisex with lights next to the doors that are either lit red or green to show you if anyone is in them.
Seating options range from 2 person "slots" in the wall, to an entire "Pod" to yourself. In order to get your own "Pod" you'll need to make reservations and have at least 6-8 people. It is worth it for the experience as you'll have a number of large colored buttons on the wall which will change the lighting from a green neon to a blue to a red and so on.
Then there's the sushi seating which has it's own mini conveyor belt that transports the sushi in front of every seated patron.
Favorite Dish: Although the food is by no means bad it is not excellent. The menu offers everything from sushi, to sea bass, to filet, to chicken, to dumplings, all prepared with an Asian / French feel, but none of the dishes stood out as a memorable item.
The service was good and for our group of 12 the price was not bad.
This trendy Japanese in University City has a Jetsons décor and good sushi / Asian fusion food. Prices aren't too cheap.
Favorite Dish: The sushi is very good. If you aren't sure how hungry you are - sit at the bar and nibble from the sushi conveyor belt.
When you enter POD, you will feel like you entered the set of 2001: a space odyssey. This is modeled after the 50s-60s conception of the how the future would look. Although the walls and furnishings are white, the surroundings are bathed in colored light, especially in the three 'pods', or booths, that hold parties of 6-8, in which buttons on the wall change the ambient lighting to one of 9 different colors. Some chairs in the lounge light when sat on. Table lights make drinks placed over them glow.
Above all, the food is terrific, making this my overall favorite resturant in Philly. Be sure to sit at the sushi conveyor belt-bar for added fun, view of the TV showing old Japanese movies, and of course, people-watching.
Check out the specialty drinks, named only by their color. My favorite is 'blue'.
Favorite Dish: The sushi is fine, but you can get better. Instead, go for the specials (always awesome).. when in doubt, the ubiquitous Chilean Sea Bass (Patagonian Toothfish) is the best I've had, glazed with a sweet sauce, and accompanied by wasabi whipped potatoes.
The sorbet dessert is great to finish up with.
The POD ...The best way for me to discribe this ultra-modern restaruant is for you to go to their web-site(below), and take the virtual dinner/drinks tour...
BTW my daughter works here.:-)_________________