🙂 = Kids under 3 eat free! There is a variety of things to try. Parking is super easy. Changing table in bathroom, and high chairs available.
🙁 = Cooked food not super flavorful, and it may take a while for the food to come.
Notes: They are open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00AM until 10:00PM. Friday and Saturday, their hours are 11:00AM until 11:00PM.
If you ever wander across the bridge from Philadelphia into New Jersey, you might be surprised that New Jersey has some really neat restaurants. Today, our goal was to satisfy our hunger AND our craving for sushi, and Sushi Kingdom in Cherry Hill was able to do both. We heard about this place from friends and decided to check it out. It’s located in a little strip mall near a Sunoco gas station, and so, there’s the added benefit of easy parking because of the availability of spaces. We were the first ones to arrive for lunch, and we were seated quickly. It’s an all-you-can-eat format- so, if you’re not much of an eater, this might not be the best place for you. The price is about $22 on the weekends for adults ($2 cheaper on weekdays), and around $12 for kids 3-9 (kids 2 and under eat free).
The waitress brought us two menus – one for sushi (including sashimi and sushi rolls) and one for cooked food (or kitchen menu). The sushi menu include a mixture of sashimi and sushi, basic maki rolls, including spicy tuna, salmon avocado, Philadelphia, and California rolls among others. The next section included special rolls, which had ingredients like lobster salad, mango, jalapeno, and even chicken tempura. (One thing to note is that many of the special rolls had a spicy component in it.)
The kitchen menu included soups and rice, and salads such as squid salad (which we got) and seaweed salad. The appetizer list was extensive, and included edamame (soybeans), beef satay, BBQ squid, calamari, shumai (shrimp dumplings), and gyoza (pork or vegetable dumplings). This was followed by tempura options (breaded and fried), vegetarian options – such as sweet potato, broccoli, zucchini and pumpkin tempura, and teriyaki options. The last part of the menu was the selection of ice cream (5 varieties or fruit). Needless to say, this menu was extensive. You got a pen to mark down whatever you wanted on each of the menus.
We got shumai and gyoza to start. These were our favorite by far. We ended up getting multiple orders of each (you can order more mid-meal). We were OK with the calamari, though they were a bit chewy. Mommy also ordered pork chops, but she was not a huge fan of them. Some of the other items off the kitchen menu just tasted like fried food, and it was hard to tell what was what if you couldn’t remember what you had ordered. The sushi, on the other hand, was a positive surprise given the all-you-can-eat format. We ordered one of almost everything. Mommy and daddy loved the sashimi and sushi and were happy with the rolls. We liked the yellowtail jalapeno roll – it wasn’t too spicy and was cut small. The shrimp tempura roll was a hit too! The rolls, overall, were creative and fairly flavorful. The only catch was that it took a very long time for the food to come! We ordered within a few minutes of sitting down, and while our squid salad came fairly quickly, the fried food took about 20 minutes to arrive, and the sushi didn’t arrive for about 30 minutes from the time we ordered (the restaurant was about half full by the time the sushi arrived). Once we ordered a second round of sushi, it took another 20 minutes or so for the food to come, which can be a bit hard for a hungry toddler.
For a pickier toddler, rice and dumplings aren’t a bad option, and if you’re under the age of 3, a free meal isn’t a bad deal either. While we didn’t hang around long enough for dessert, the green tea and the red bean ice creams sounded quite interesting! Though we wouldn’t make a special trip out here just to dine at Sushi Kingdom, we would definitely eat here again if in the area.