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Nov 7, 2006 03:14 AM

Monday Night Dinner Again--Main Line This Time

Our friends live in Wynnwood, off Lancaster AVe, near Whole Foods. Other than Italian, which is out for them because they cook fine Italian food at home, what can you suggest? Price not a big issue, but quiet enough to talk would be. Not Indian or Mexican though.

Why oh why don't any of friends like to eat out on other nights of the week?

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  1. Sang Kee is in the Whole Foods shopping plaza; not particularly quiet, but wonderful food.

    Also recommend either Mikado or Thai Pepper, right next to each other on Lancaster Avenue across from the Lower Merion Township buildings.

    1. What is the name of the restaurant in Narberth - Carmine's?
      I haven't been, but have heard great things.

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      1. re: saturninus

        Carmine's is fun and has good food, but impossibly noisy - not a place to go with friends where you want some conversation.

        1. re: sylviag

          Also, I don't think Carmine's is open on Monday. If you do go there during the week, in my experience the noise level is okay for conversation.

      2. Philly Magazine indicated that Carmine's is moving to Bryn Mawr (in the space occupied by Citron). They plan a December opening according to PM.

        Edit: I just called Carmine's and they are still open in Narbarth and plan to be there until at least December. I was told the move to Bryn Mawr might not happen until January. Then more good info I got from the person at Carmine's today (not the owner John) was that a Cuban flair restaurant will be taking the space Carmine's currently occupies. I believe John is going to help staff the new place to get it off the ground.

        1. What about Nai's Cuisine in Havertown? Not sure if they are open on Monday, but it is always quiet enough for nice conversation and every meal I have had there has been excellent. The menu is French-Asian and while fairly limited in choice, it is well-rounded and will usually please everyone.

          I think the biggest negative is the decor of the restaurant. While it is a very nice, white-table cloth restaurant with candle light, a Stephen Starr environment it is not.

          It is BYO.

          1. copied from aroundphilly:

            Carmine's Creole Café (232 Woodbine Ave., Narberth, PA, 610.660.0160) is now serving a special five-course, prix-fixe chef’s tasting dinner for $40 per person, on Friday and Saturday nights.

            Mims doesn’t stop there. He’s offering another “meal deal” of a four-course, prix fixe dinner for $30 per person, served on Sundays and weeknights.

            On the menu is butternut squash bisque, crawfish chili, butter roasted halibut, 48 hour braised beef short ribs and strawberries marinated in 12-year-old balsamic emulsion.

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            1. re: saturninus

              those strawberries were soooo good! I had them in the summer, didn't think he'd still do them now out of season. John actually came to my table & told me exactly what to do to make them at home- he is such a nice guy.

              they are closed on Mondays. In my experiences I have not been bothered by the noise level there.