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Monsu-A report

Just back from the soft opening of Monsu, Peter McAndrews new endeavor. If you like Modo Mio you will like this, perhaps a bit more. The spot in the old Paesano space at 9th and Christian , NW corner is a little larger than Modo mio and seems a lot more quiet. Food is Modo Mio familiar, lots of agrodolce with vinegar, raisins, and nuts in many dishes. Some staff was there tonight and Maher will be the manager and he is quite competent. Will be open for both lunch and dinner. The nicest thing is there is now another very 'friendly' restaurant in the Philadelphia area. Only small negative is parking is a smidge more difficult here than on Girard Ave.

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  1. Thanks for the report. Was Peter at Monsu? I have reservations for Modo Mio on Feb 4... do you think I should try to get into Monsu instead? Do you think focus will be off at Modo Mio?

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    1. re: barryg

      Peter will be returning to Modo Mio soon, chef Damien will take over at Monsu. Peter with his whole family was there tonight. l think Modo will still be main focus for Peter.

    2. Yes, Monsu is EXCELLENT! Fantastico! Similar to Modo Mio (which is still worth going to, by the way!), but different enough to make each a beloved spot on my top to-go-to-for-dinner list. Plus, the waitstaff is very attentive and friendly. I'd say you're good with either place, but Monsu's not taking any reservations (at this point, anyway). That might change.

      Enjoy!

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      1. re: jayaymeye

        I hope the no reservations policy changes. As much as I would love to go to Monsu, that could be a problem for me.

        1. re: JanR

          someone posted on the post about Paesano's re-opening at the old Bebe's that they are taking reservations for Monsu at Mdo Mio

          1. re: Bigley9

            Went last night-made the reservation through Modo Mio. Worth the parking issues! Still love Modo Mio.. but I can see coming here for awhile. The portions were large...not turista menu sized. We had 2 antipasta -split a pasta- 2 secondi- split a dessert and it was too much food for us...I had to bring 3/4 of my secondi home. We'd definitely order less next time...which I'm hoping is soon!

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                The pricing is similar to Modo--Antipasti around $8, primi/pasta around $12 (but large sized plates!) and all entrees under $20. Like I said, the plates are much larger than Modo--I got pasta and a contorno and was quite full.

                1. re: jayaymeye

                  They will also give you a half portion of any of the pastas for half price...it's a really good deal even if you decide the dish isn't very good, which is what happened with one of the 3 half pastas we chose.

                  What's with the paper napkins???

          2. re: JanR

            Yep. Now have reservations. Phone #: 215 440 0495 Excellent meal!

        2. Thanks mr cheesemonger, do you know when the official opening is? Parking isn't going to be an issue for me!

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          1. Can't wait to try it! Congrats to Peter and Maher!

            1. Monsu goes to the head of the class!! I was there this evening, only the restaurant's third night. Everything was superb, service included. My wife and I are fairly picky, so we were delighted when the bread was great, and served with an outstanding eggpland tapenade. This was followed by two brilliant appetizers, Gamberi and Grilled Scamorza that truly sang. The Mpanada with salmon was truly inspired, as were the mussels with italian sausage, the broth had such a deep flavor, it was a serious letdown when it was all gone. $70 tip included, for two people. I would love to keep it a secret, but I want it to stay in business so I can try all their dishes. BRAVI !!!!!

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                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                  Does anyone know if they have started accepting reservations, or is it still a no reservations deal?

                  1. re: JanR

                    Yes, reservations. See number above to make one! :)

                    1. re: jayaymeye

                      I made reservations to go out to eat in March and I could not easily get a weekend reservation. The person on the phone already said it was booked up in early March. That seemed kind of sketchy since this place is so new... Maybe they are holding reservations spaces for people?

                        1. re: barryg

                          @ barryg: Haha. Exactly.

                          I'd actually say that Modo has such a loyal following that people are probably just getting word/getting around to making reservations. Knowing them well, I doubt they're "holding" reservation spaces.

                          Worth the wait, though, really. Too, they'll really be on the ball/have everything rolling by then. Enjoy!

                          1. re: jayaymeye

                            A few days ago, I made a reservation for next Saturday. I don't understand the comment about being booked up in early March but I know you can get in before then.