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Anniversary dinner on a Monday?

jyeh29 Jan 16, 2013 09:21 AM

Looking to make a booking for a date in 4 weeks. I live in Center City, and we eat out often. We do enjoy tasting menus and are regulars at Matyson. Not sure I want to spend the money for Vetri. Probably would have done Bibou or Fond but they aren't open Mondays. I think I've narrowed down my list to Tashan, Sbraga, or Little Fish - all places that we have never been before. Thoughts? Will be trying Lacroix for Restaurant Week.

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    cwdonald RE: jyeh29 Jan 16, 2013 09:39 AM

    I would take Sbraga of those three and eat a the counter. Wine pairings are nice at Sbraga too. I like little fish but it is an a la carte menu. I do remember having a stunning piece of sturgeon there, a fish I rarely seen served outside of Russian restaurants. Have not been to Tashan, but by reputation it can be hit or miss.

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      barryg RE: cwdonald Jan 16, 2013 09:46 AM

      Sidebar... Zahav often has house-smoked sturgeon on the menu and Famous Fourth St deli has very good quality smoked sturgeon as well, as do some other Jewish delis, and I see it a lot as sushi. Not the same of course as a cooked filet.

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      Buckethead RE: jyeh29 Jan 16, 2013 09:41 AM

      I'd go with Sbraga but Little Fish is very good too. Skip Tashan.

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        barryg RE: jyeh29 Jan 16, 2013 09:44 AM

        Another idea... Zahav is open Mondays and you could do one of their set menus (tayim or mesibah, the famous lamb). Little Fish as you probably know is BYOB, if that makes any difference.

        1. Delucacheesemonger RE: jyeh29 Jan 16, 2013 10:39 AM

          As l am not a fan of two bite plates, l am not a fan of Sbraga. Zahav for Mesibah is certainly not a two bite portion.
          As an aside to Barry G, the Russian stores on Bustleton Ave sell Sturgeon smoked and cryopacked for very, very little money, it is great.

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            barryg RE: Delucacheesemonger Jan 16, 2013 10:46 AM

            Good to know... Famous (both 4th St and Krewstown Road) are very pricey!

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            arepo RE: jyeh29 Jan 17, 2013 05:57 AM

            Bistrot la Minette.
            Chef Woolsey is a cut above with his creative menu and excellent palate.
            Not to be missed for foodies.
            It has become my favorite center city venue. http://www.bistrotlaminette.com/index...

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              oliviasaru RE: arepo Jan 18, 2013 06:55 AM

              Of the restaurants mentioned, I have only been to Bistrot la Minette, but it was also for an anniversary a few years ago and it was lovely. Food and service were excellent, and atmosphere was romantic without being cloying. I particularly remember the lemon butter sauce on the trout meuniere - I wanted to lick the plate!

              Wherever you go, congratulations on your anniversary and enjoy!

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              JanR RE: jyeh29 Jan 20, 2013 01:18 PM

              Little Fish is small and (IMO) romantic. The food is outstanding.

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