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“Great BYOB with very inventive dishes”
Review of Restaurant Cerise

Restaurant Cerise
Ranked #1 of 76 Restaurants in Bryn Mawr
Price range: $29 - $59
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Cerise features contemporary European cuisine inspired by Chef Ben & his wife Elena Thomas' time abroad and love of open-air markets; those found in every neighborhood with fresh produce, game, cheeses and milk and incredible boiling and bubbling dishes from diverse ethnicities. The dishes will highlight the lighter more modern side of European cuisine, and the diversity of dishes represented by the region's varied landscapes. The name 'Cerise' (French for 'cherry'), is inspired by the cherry season that marks the most abundant time of year in Europe's farm regions and markets.Cerise offers guests a four-course prix fixe menu, with several options for each course. Expect to be full, but not over-stuffed, by meal's end! On Wednesdays and Sundays, a three-course prix fixe option will also be available. We are also open for brunch Saturday and Sunday.
Reviewed April 4, 2014

Cerise in Bryn Mawr - Birthday dinner. Booked a deuce at 7:30. There was one other table of four in the restaurant. I was surprised it wasn't busier. We had the Four-course prix fixe available Wednesday through Sunday - $47. There is a $39 three-course version on Wed. and Sun. Corkage was a reasonable five bucks.

Food was VERY well-prepared and presented. Service was quick but we were not rushed. As we eat hanger steak at home all the time we skipped that (the most popular dish there.) Portions were adequate (I am the type who will order a 32-oz. Rib Eye) and we left sated if not stuffed. Food was rich, but in those quantities, you don't feel guilty. Menus change every week, but these were out choices. We will definitely be back. The Moroccan sauce with the Haddock was probably the standout. It was something you might expect with lamb, but it surprisingly did not overpower the fish steak.

Me: Chicken Rillettes, Carrot, Pistachio, White Soy
Wife: Cod Brandade

Me: Spaghetti, Veal Breast, Easter Egg Radish, Roasted Lemon, Pecorino Romano
Wife: Swiss Chard Pesto Rigatoni

Me: Pork Tenderloin, Green Peas, Pickled Red Onion, Dijon, Dill
Wife: Icelandic Haddock, Yukon Potato, Ras el Hanout, Garlic & Herbs

Me: Dark Chocolate Torte, Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
Wife: Rosemary Lemon Cake, Toasted Meringue, Cherries

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Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

Really nice dinner experience. The four course menu was well balanced with a variety of choices and reasonably priced. Arugula salad was delightful and grilled eggplant was exceptional....yogurt and pomegranate seeds made the dish. Portion sizes are on the smaller side but after all four courses you leave more than satisfied. Do charge a cork fee ($5) and French pressed coffee was pricey ($8). Overall, great place and would return in a heartbeat.

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Truly top class restaurant, focussing on local, top quality ingredients. Dinners are three or four course pre-fixe, and the menu includes selections to please everyone. Though not vegetarians, my husband and I each accidentally ended up with vegetarian meals. If all veggie meals were this lush and flavorful, I might give up meat entirely. Pastas are clearly home made and perfectly executed. Roasted eggplant was sublime. The restaurant is BYOB, but there's a great wine store one block up and across the street.

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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Brilliantly made dishes at a modest price. Truely an experience, not just a meal. The atmosphere is relaxed and open.

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Reviewed February 7, 2014

I have eaten here twice now and each time had a fantastic meal. The food is delicious bistro food. I recently ate some of the best sweetbreads I have ever had. Despite being fried, they were nevertheless light and not at all greasy with a crispy coating and wonderful texture. Perfect! Other favorites were the hanger steak, kale salad and brandade. The service was warm and friendly. And it is great to be able to bring my own wine from my cellar to compliment the lovely food. I liked the prix fixe format and found it to be a good value. It is wonderful to have this restaurant in the neighborhood and I look forward to my next meal there.

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