First, I have to thank Anthony Bourdain for turning me onto this place. After watching the lamb shoulder on my TV screen, I knew it was on my bucket list. Our entire table got the chef's tasting menu for the lamb shoulder and we're so glad we did.
The first course was a serving of their house bread with an amazing hummus. It was so creamy and the oil balance was perfect. I always thought hummus was just hummus but this one changed my mind on that.
Next, came out a selection pickled and spiced vegetables. There were beats, eggplants and a few other selections. All were very good and reminded me a lot of Korean style side dishes (banchan) that you get during every meal.
Fried cauliflower was prepared so well. Even those at my table who didn't like cauliflower really enjoyed this dish. It was very greasy but rather lightly fried and seasoned well.
The asparagus with fish was a nice touch. Both gave a nice smoky flavor and accented the meal well overall.
For the next course, we got the smoked sable which was placed on top of a toasted challah bread with a poached egg in the middle. Wow. When you cut it in half the egg yolk soaked up into the bread and the fish created a wonderful flavor combination.
For the main course, out came the whole lamb shoulder. It was the size of a small child. It was brined for 3 days and then slow roasted. The meat was so tender they just gave you a pair on tongs to pull the meat off the bones. There was no need for a knife at all. The meat was incredibly tender and the brining rally brought out a unique flavor that I never had before. By far the best lamb I've ever had. We barely made a dent in it and probably had about 3 lbs of meat that we took to go.
For dinner we got a combination of three dishes. Though I was stuffed beyond belief I took a taste of most of them. They were all very well executed, but was so full couldn't really enjoy them.
Overall, a great meal and plan to return if I come to Philly again.