I've been to bistros and fancy restaurants from San Fran to NYC, London, Paris, Cape Town, but I was blown away by the quality of the food I ate here for its price. My starter, chicken and mushroom were some of the best I've ever eaten-- and this place ain't expensive!
Charred spinach with fontina cheese on sourdough-- winner. Best sourdough bread, perfectly toasted. Why isn't all bread sourdough? Yum. Minute amount of fontina, enough to transform the dish.
I had their Amish chicken. The name is hilarious. The chicken is not. WOW. Apparently it's brined for like 3 years, then poached, then chucked in their wood fired grill. Whatevs-- it is phenomenal. Perfectly cooked, tastes like... chicken. Worth ordering chicken in a restaurant for this one.
Sides: crispy potatoes-- only time to order roast potatoes in a restaurant. Mushroom with hazelnut and some kind of madeira sauce-- best I've ever had.
Wifey had their branzino, which she said was very good, but I thought my chicken put it in the shade.
By the time I got to their wonderful chocolate semifreddo, I felt a bit sick and hated myself.
Service-- unobtrusive, charming and helpful. Faultless.
Ambience-- buzzy without being irritating. I didn't hate anyone in the room.
$120 inc tip for a really wonderful meal that is up there with the best of them around the world. Well done Philly!
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