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Jul 14, 2006 12:17 AM

funky birthday dinner

hey all,
looking for something weird & wonderful, totally out of the ordinary place to take the SO for her birthday. anywhere in phila. any price range. unusual is the aim here. ;)


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  1. get a reservation to the restaurant at the Fairmount Water Works. the restaurant just opened so I don't know about the food, but it is definitely one of the most beautiful locations in Philadelphia.

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    1. re: brightman

      Last night 7/10 was the try out dinner for friends and family of the staff. My sister attended----says very expensive and small portions. Room was very cold with no way to adjust temp. Pretty view but they left hungry.

    2. I believe that Water Works is still not open, based on this week's table talk.

      1. Here are a few ideas:

        -One of the Ethiopian places in West Philly
        -Marrrakesh or Fez multi-course Morrocan feasts
        -Great Pakistani food at Kabobeesh in West Philly
        -Omakase at Morimoto (I bet you could request 'unusual ingredients')

        Thank you.

        1. if you enjoy Lousiana style food, go to Carmine's Creole in Narberth. they only take reservations for the tasting menu- but I've never been disappointed with it- it always has a fabulous selection. There are some stools (bar type table) that look into the kitchen to watch chef John in action if you prefer that to a regular table.

          1. Ethiopian is a great idea--Abyssinia in W. Philly has the very best food, IMO. However, if you want to experience something even more out of the ordinary, go to E.R.A. in Fairmount. The dining room is nothing fancy, but the food is quite good; it's almost like you're guests at someone's home. And if you order coffee after your meal, the young woman who cooks will prepare it in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Very cool!