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“Astonishingly inhospitable; food inconsistent”
Review of Double Knot

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Ranked #131 of 4,652 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We returned for a second go at the tasting menu, which we had enjoyed before. This time, most of the food was good (except for the last course, a bizarre Brussels sprouts concoction tasting of salty burnt vinegar) and some was excellent (notably the grilled baby lamb chops and the salmon skewers). But the service left us with a very bad taste in our mouths. We had to tell our server three times not to hurtle the courses at us as if we were in a race. And then at the end, as we were enjoying the intense postprandial conversations to which our meal had brought us, we were interrupted and asked to leave as others were waiting. We get the idea of table turnover, but a restaurant that received from us $450 for a multi-course tasting menu should surely expect us to take a little time to savor it, rather than hustle us out with our dinner practically still in our throat. We do not plan to return.

In rating the food, below, we called it "average." That is itself an average - a few were excellent, one was terrible, some were pretty good. Overall, for the price we expected much better quality.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled upon the Double Knot--it's almost a hidden door next to Sampan restaurant. Since the basement restaurant had a super long wait, we stayed in the cozy bar and were able to order off the same menu. Many interesting options featuring sushi & robatayaki and sake. I looked at the website after and see the restaurant has a number of different personalities--from cool coffee bar in the morning, to dumpling lunch and then happy hour and Japanese inspired restaurant.

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Thank JENIFER M
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

The service is very good, very attentive, very accommodating.
The portions are small (think Asian tapas), but the quality is excellent.
There were six of us, and we had a total of 13 items. Every one flavorful and enjoyable. And the price is very reasonable.

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Thank Jack B
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Reviewed May 4, 2018

Was a great atmosphere downstairs and service was awesome. The food everything was very good and came out in a reasonable time. Prefect date night place.

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Thank dw33dvw
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Reviewed May 3, 2018

There is something about speakeasy that is so sexy and attractive…maybe it is the secrecy, or the mysteriousness of it, or just a simple joy of discovering a hidden gem.

This had a big bar to the left of the entrance, and lounge sofa/chairs across from the bar. I heard their Happy Hour offerings are pretty awesome, and I see that it is true with their popularity. But, we were here for the secret izakaya scene… So we walked over to the hostess station at the back.

I saw an exit door behind the hostess station, and it seems like that is the door we need to go through to get to the speakeasy. Even though we had a reservation, we were told to wait…and they don’t really have a “waiting” space around the hostess section, so it was kind of annoying… After about 10 minutes or so, we finally got to see what was hiding beyond the exit door. Well, it was a long, dark, mysterious staircase, it felt like going down into a cave of some sort.

Here, it really felt like we were in a cave, where we might encounter a vampire or Count Dracula with lots of candles, emphasizing on the particular mood. The entire space was kind of dark with dimmed lights. It was very relaxing, and not too loud, since they don’t cramp the space with too many tables.

We had several kinds of cocktails like Jungle Bird Slip, and The Savoy Knot. We had several small dishes to share, including sushi roll, Enoki Bacon, and Nikuman Lazy Bun. We ended with a couple of desserts to complete the fabulous dinner. Everything we tried were really tasty, high quality, and well prepared.

The service here was great. Every time we emptied a plate, one of the staffs walking by picked it up immediately. Very efficient! Between few of the different dishes, they also changed our serving plates without us asking for it. Our waitress Danielle was awesome, friendly, polite, professional and gave great recommendations. Explained menu in detail and took care of us really well. A manager (?) came by to ask if we were enjoying the meal during our dinner, which was also a nice touch. We had a great dinner here, delicious high quality food and drinks, and the price was very affordable!

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Thank foodlovergirlny
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