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Dinner @ Doma, Philadelphia


I discovered a Neo-Japanese restaurant located on the restaurant row of the Art Museum area on Callowhill Street. It’s a 30-seater place with chic and modern interiors. As a steady stream of diners poured in after 8pm on a Wednesday night, I realized that it’s a neighborhood restaurant for the young professionals living in the area.

I started with a dish of takoyaki, off the menu, pictured below. It’s grilled octopus in ball shaped pancakes topped with bonito flakes.

I ordered two signature rolls. Top: Rock n Roll – shrimp tempura, scallion, spicy mayo and cucumber. Below: Panchinko – shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber decorated with tuna, kiwi, salmon, mango, eel, strawberry and wasabi mayo.

Dessert was Banana Tempura with black sesame ice cream, pictured below.

Overall: If you’re hungry and live in the area and have nothing in the fridge, it’s not a bad idea to eat here. However, if you have a choice, go next door to Sabrina’s.

The food at Doma is pretty but has no taste. From everything I’ve tasted, only the ooki eel (a signature roll of deep fried eel sushi) which I took a bite from my dinner companion’s plate, the takoyaki and the black sesame ice cream were seasoned.

Plus: This place is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle). The service is great. Ice buckets to chill the wine and wine glasses are provided upon request.
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