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Dec 30, 2007 05:02 AM

tasting menu

Looking for a p/f with wine and like 6+ courses in and around philly.
any help?

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  1. I'd try a tapas style place, like Tinto or Kaizan. Other places will offer that to you if you just ask.

      1. re: Bigley9

        american, french, fusion, not picky. up scale

      2. We wnet to the Striped Bass a few years ago and had their tasteing menu paired with wines - and it was very good. May want to see if they still have...STRIPED BASS TASTING MENU
        Chefs Seasonal Five Course Tasting Menu
        Five Course Wine Pairing
        -Limited to the Entire Table-
        -Available to Tables of Six or Less-

        or on Sunday night Little Fish runs a course tasteing menu for $30 - which is a great value, and is BYO

        1. This is the most amazing place. A gourmet takeout by day, a private tasting service by night. Click on the "Farm Table Dinner" picture for the details. As an added bonus, it's a BYOB so it becomes extremely affordable. We drove from NY for dinner and it was well worth the trip.
          A unique setting + an outstanding meal= A memorable evening.
          If you can get a reservation and you go, please post your experience.
          Here's their site:

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          1. re: Tay

            dinners at Talula's Table are at least a 6 month wait at this point.

            1. re: Buckethead

              My philosophy:
              If it's worth waiting for at all, it' worth waiting a long time for. (Ending with a preposition notwithsatanding)
              The way I see it, 6 months will pass whether the OP makes a reservation or not, so he might as well make one. :-}

          2. does anyone know if carmine's creole cafe has brought back the tasting menu? wasn't offered last time i was there, but the tasting menu i did there in late 05 was one of my best meals in philly.

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            1. re: rabidog

              The tasting menu at Vetri may have been the best meal I've ever had.

              Talula's is worth the wait...make the reservation...if you don't want it then you could probably put it on Ebay.

              1. re: Major504

                I was just looking at Vetri's Winter 2008 menu and I believe the prices of the tasting menus have just gone up.

                They are now listed as:

                Tasting Menu $115
                Grand Tasting Menu $135

                1. re: Philly Ray

                  I had a wonderful tasting menu at James, paired with wines. I highly recommend it. Now is the time for the tagliattelle with duck rague and shaved chocolate!

                  824 S. 8th Street
                  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

                  Monday - Thursday 5pm to 10pm
                  Friday & Saturday 5pm to 11pm
                  Closed on Sunday
                  Reservations desk: 215.629.4980

         Tasting menu is available Monday through Thursday.

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    I have to agree with CW. Tasting menu at James is strong to very strong. Just went the other night and got the five-course, w/o wine pairings ($70). Kitchen was very accomodating and worked around a vegeterian issue. They're also doing a smaller four-course tasting menu in January that has their "Greatest Hits," for $60.

                    1. re: finka

                      For $70 for five courses and no wine, I would hope they would accommodate a vegetarian!!

                      1. re: finka

                        Do you have a web link you could post?

                        1. re: finka

                          what sorta vegetarian accommodations did they make? was just looking at their menu, noticed it leans pretty heavily (er, entirely?) on meats!

                        2. re: cwdonald

                          FYI.... This web link is not functioning... :-}

                          1. re: Tay

                            Their website is

                            I should have been a little more specific about the veggie accommodation: my girlfriend eats fish and shellfish. Opening was a caviar appetizer, followed by scallops, [something I can't remember], and halibut, then dessert.

                            $70 was a good price for what was served. The caviar alone paid for the meal.