Joseph Poon Chef Kitchen
We went to Joseph Poon for Center City Restaurant Week tonight and had our best RW experience in six years. Definitely recommend it if you want good food and interaction with the chef but don't care as much about the ambiance (the setting is the site of his cooking classes and pretty industrial in feel).
The usual three-course RW menu stretched into four courses - and closer to eight if you count the separate preparations for the lobster and meat courses. Everything was great and we really enjoyed interacting with Chef Poon between courses. Really good value too - the second course included the equivalent of one small lobster per person. First course included a duck roll that wasn't on the menu but tasted great. The dessert course was a sampler with three tastes, each better than the next.
He's donating all RW profits to Haiti relief right now too, so you can eat well and feel good about it.
I did his Chinese New Year feast 2 years ago, which was a similar setup. Had a great time for all the reasons you mention. Highly recommended.
My husband called the Kitchen last night and spoke with Chef Poon. We were able to get reservations for 2 tomorrow night (Saturday). Is this flying under the radar? I was surprised at the "prime time" availability, but then again, I'm not sure how many people the Kitchen can serve.
The menu looks quite good: http://www.josephpoon.com/dining_rest...
We're excited and will report back.
Joe Poons Kitchen has been my favoite place for years. I've been in his latest place and always wonder why it's not more crowded. I like the industrial feel--different than most Asian restaurants.The value is fantastic. Joe is so friendly. Cooked personally for a friend and me at his old place on 10th when we got there a little late and his staff was eating.I always recomend him.