We love our food and over the past year, have eaten at wonderful restaurants for foodies in London, Paris, New York, Brussels, Madrid and yes, Philadelphia. Plain and simple – Philly, you don’t know what you have in Pumpkin. That can only be the reason why the restaurant wasn’t jammed tonight – okay, maybe because it was the first Sunday following the two-week restaurant week. But still…
We had heard how this was a foodie destination (maybe not quite like David Ansill’s Pif but a place to try some fascinating combinations). So, we packed some of our favorite libations from those earlier destinations and off we went. We fell in love with some of the beer from Brussels so we started with a bottle of St. Bernardus 12 and a Westvleteren 12. Little did we know how well that would go with the heirloom tomato amuse bouche that featured a picant sauce with a deliciously crunchy scallion and corn bread crumbs.
Next up was a delicately prepared shrimp and scallop dish with a touch of corn and a little bit of chopped chorizo to give your mouth a little of the tough love it deserved with this dish. The escargot was different than what you would expect at Bibou or even at Ansill’s old haunt. The polenta and garlic were a nice touch. We loved it.
Man can’t eat these goodies with just Belgian beer – even if it happens to be two of the best bottles you will get from the trappist variety. So, we pulled out a Cotes du Nuit from Domaine Rion just in time for our Long Island duck and arctic char. A perfect wine for both dishes. The duck was mildly flavored with honey carrot; the char had a nice sauce but it was really all about the fish.
Onward to dessert – if you have a hard time selecting between the butterscotch pudding and the warm chocolate cake, we have one suggestion – just don’t go here by yourself – make sure there are two of you so you can taste each of them.
This was a special meal that capped off our two weeks of Philly food dining, some restaurant week and some other. We found a real gem in the pumpkin patch and plan to go back.