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First time at Matyson

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NCetr Mar 12, 2007 07:55 AM

Hi all,

First, let me say thanks for all of great recommendations I've gotten from you for Philly dining spots. I am living in center city for eight months, on loan to my business from North Carolina. I'm now starting to have lots of visitors and of course dining out is one of my favorite activities. At some point I'll try to chronicle my meals around town.

I took my Mom to Matyson on Friday night and I would say it's one of the best meals I've had since I moved here.

The restaurant was full but not overly loud. The waitress greeted us and immediately opened the bottle of wine we brought. We started with chewy sourdough and whole grain bread. We each ordered a salad with blood oranges and marinated red peppers with a vinaigrette dressing. It was served with a manchego fritter. Loved the fritter, could have eaten a basket of them! The salad was a bit of a miss for me, I didn't really like the combo of fruit and peppers together.

For entrees, I ordered the lamb loin with fig and raisin chutney on polenta. It was, hands down, one of the best main dishes I've ever eaten. The fruit was served warm, sort of like syrup, but didn't smother the meat. The lambl, served medium rare, was absolutely perfect. The polenta soaked up some of the sweetness of the fruit and the whole sweet/savory thing was working for me. I decided not to eat all of it and took a couple of slices home.

My mom had an enormous pork chop with carmelized apples and the menu saidit was served on spaetzle with a caramel ginger demi glace. I have to confess I was in such rapture over the lamb that I didn't taste her dish! There was plenty to take home, however, and so I ate some of her pork chop last night, it was extremely tender.

For dessert, I had the butterscotch pudding and it was so homey, smooth and creamy I nearly licked the bowl clean. Let's just say I cleaned my plate! Mom had a slice of coconut cream pie that had a layer of ganache on the bottom, just above a macadamia nut crust. The pie was very good, but the whipped cream on the pie was served without any sugar. I'm sure it was intended to cut the sweetness of the rest of the ingredients but to me it was bland and served as a distraction to the pie.

Service was efficient and not rushed, the bill with tip was about $100.

A friend of mine from work is coming to down Wednesday, I'm tempted to take her there just so I can eat the lamb and butterscotch pudding again.

Again, thanks to you all for your views!

NCetr (meant as North Carolina eater)

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    bobo Mar 12, 2007 08:43 AM

    It isn't hype if the reviews are true!

    I think I went for the first time one day after NC. Our table was ordering some of the same food, too.

    The many favorable CHOW reviews were spot on. Loved it.

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