215-515-2649

For top-notch Japanese food that's just steps from Rittenhouse Claridge, consider Zama. Only a stone's throw from Rittenhouse Square Park, Zama wows Philly diners with a simplistic approach to Japanese cuisine that allows ingredients to take the spotlight. Here, the artform of sushi and sashimi is perfected under the watchful eye of Chef Hiroyuki Tanaka, a longtime notable figure on the local dining scene. In fact, when word spread that the renowned chef was debuting his own restaurant, there was practically a stampede for reservations! Now that Zama has some months under its belt, a table is easier to come by, but the food remains just as buzz-worthy. Bring your appetite (and your willingness to sample new tastes and textures) and order the fresh nigiri plate, which is created using the day's best market offerings. Rolls are also excellent, with diners raving over Bronzizzle – a delicious cucumber and avocado inside-out roll with branzino and yuzu-soy sauce. Be sure to check the website for more information.

Zama
128 South 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 568-1027
http://www.yelp.com/biz/zama-philadelphia