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Prix fixe/tasting menus ($30-50)

flzhang Mar 21, 2011 09:35 PM

What are some of the best prix fixe or tasting menus for restaurants in philly?

What do people think about modo mio, fish, mercato, and bistrot la minette?


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    Hungryin theBurbs Mar 22, 2011 09:20 AM

    I'll add in the Matyson weekly (M-TH) tasting menu at $45. it changes weekly, and is organized around a theme - either an ingredient (this week is coffee) or event (a few weeks ago was Chinese New Year). Always inventive and delicious.

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    1. re: Hungryin theBurbs
      sockii Mar 22, 2011 04:20 PM

      Was just going to post this. I've loved Matyson's tasting menus when I've been, as well as how thoughtfully they orchestrate bringing out courses if some diners are doing the tasting menu and others are ordering regular courses. I'm on their mailing list and even though I only get there infrequently, I love reading the planned courses for each week's menu.

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        Hungryin theBurbs Mar 22, 2011 05:37 PM

        I agree. I had the offal tasting menu a couple of weeks ago (lamb's tongue and marrow were the highlights!) and my husband ordered an app and entree. They coordinated beautifully and we both ended with their oh-so-delicious desserts. My only regret is that we can't get there more often.

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      lenejohansen Mar 21, 2011 11:43 PM

      Lunch Omakase at Morimoto's. We did that for our first Valentine's day, and we tried to do a retake for my mother-in-law's birthday for dinner. Lunch is about $20 cheaper, but the amount of food is more manageable for lunch. The two additional courses for dinner add little to the experience, but make you feel like you had too much to eat. Still adore Morimoto's though! It is a great deal.

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      1. re: lenejohansen
        bluehensfan Mar 22, 2011 04:32 AM

        Zahav's mesibah is a steal because they give you so much lamb for an extra $6. I am also a big fan of Estia's $30 business lunch special.

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          Buckethead Mar 22, 2011 06:29 AM

          I like the Mesibah but it should be noted that you get the lamb in exchange for some of the smaller plates. So if you want to taste more of a variety of dishes, you should get the less-expensive Ta'Yim menu.

          1. re: Buckethead
            Beulah Mar 22, 2011 09:11 AM

            Pumpkin has a very good Sunday prix fixe.

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        barryg Mar 21, 2011 10:07 PM

        Modo Mio, Zahav (both versions), Amada, Little Fish (PF Sunday night only), Bibou (PF Sunday night only).

        Modo Mio & FIsh: both excellent
        Bistrot: Very good, if you're from out of town, ok to skip
        Mercato: Never understood the fuss, there are more than a couple better and less annoying Italian BYOBs

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