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Ansill: As Good As Chowhound Said It Would Be

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secretlyironic Jul 13, 2008 03:30 PM

We went to Ansill this past Friday and it was every bit as good as I had hoped.

We had: Gnocchi, watercress salad, scallop crudo, crispy trotter, lamb's tongue, sweetbreads. It was all, every bit of it, fantastic.

And not at all crowded! (Although there was one table of really irritating people, one of whom was wearing an overpowering vanilla perfume that made me want to punch them. Grrrr.)

* The Gnocchi: Almost crispy outsides, creamy insides. Made with ricotta. Sage fried in butter.
* The trotter: Given the pick between the trotter and the lamb's tongue, I say go for the trotter. It's fantastic. Not that the lamb's tongue is bad, but if you only have one fried offal dish...
* The cress salad: Hey, a vegetable! Mmmmm. Crispy and well-dressed. Not overdressed. Not underdressed. With marcona almonds. Mmmm. Crunchy.
* The scallops: After two or three chews, the delicate sweetness of scallops explodes into presence. Amazing.

Also: The service totally made our weekend. Nice folks. Loved the atmosphere, loved the scene.

After dinner we began saying things like "we should totally move to Philadelphia."

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    Buckethead RE: secretlyironic Jul 13, 2008 08:19 PM

    Excellent! Thanks for reporting back. You can't go wrong at Ansill.

    Perfume in a restaurant should be against the law, there I said it.

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      givemecarbs RE: Buckethead Jul 14, 2008 07:31 AM

      Alas the people who load up on perfume (or cologne) don't read Chowhound. But yeah that sucks and there is really nothing you can do about it short of packing a super soaker. :)

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        rabidog RE: givemecarbs Jul 14, 2008 04:43 PM

        let me fourth that sentiment! perfume is the devil.

        thanks for reporting! i want to try this place but was scared of being overwhelmed with meat options. most of your dish choices sound like things i would be allllll over!

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          Buckethead RE: rabidog Jul 14, 2008 05:04 PM

          FWIW, the best dish I ever had at Ansill was vegetarian. It was a bruschetta with (I think) broccoli rabe pesto, ricotta salata, and horseradish.

    2. hollyd RE: secretlyironic Jul 14, 2008 09:15 AM

      love the place. Amazing food for a drop-in, casual kind of atmostphere.

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        Hardart RE: hollyd Jul 14, 2008 10:20 AM

        yep. It wasn't crowded, I'm guessing, because it just reopened from a 10 day vacation.

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