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barryg Feb 1, 2013 09:53 AM

Anyone tried it? How is the food and what is the atmosphere like? Considering it for a belated valentines day dinner.

  1. PhillyBestBYOB Feb 2, 2013 08:39 AM

    We went there for the first time back in late November, and thought it was excellent. Great place to BYOB.

    Very small but interesting menu. I had:

    1) Moules Frites, with saffron, mustard and white wine ($12)--reminded me of dining in Brugge, and almost a meal in itself

    2) Seared foie gras, celery root puree, seedless rye bread, caraway jelly ($18)--straightforward, classic

    3) Grilled brace of quail, Swiss chard, foie gras, mushroom risotto ($23)--outstanding, with a wonderful char, and it looked like a 4-legged mutant sitting splayed on the plate (see photo)

    4) Apple cake, buttermilk cardamom ice cream, caramel sauce ($6)--least interesting dish, but tasty enough (and I was stuffed by this point anyway and should probably have skipped dessert)

    Wine of the Night (BYOB) was a '92 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Beerenauslese with dessert

    A block or so down the street from Pizza Brain, it wasn't very hard to find parking almost in front. Very attractive inside (I particularly love the brass heron door knob!), with lots of space between tables, and < 1/3 full on a Tuesday evening. Husband/Wife (or Boyfriend/Girlfriend?) that own the place were very charming and accommodating.

    Counting after tax 20% tip, $78.

    I'm surprised that this place doesn't get more press. I gather they can be quite busy on the weekends, but I hope more people support them during the week, since this is the sort of place Philly needs to keep around.

     
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      rsgdmd Feb 1, 2013 09:07 PM

      Ate there during the summer. Food was very good - the menu is small. I recall the seared foie gras being excellent. Nice place - not too noisy - plenty of room between tables - parking is easy. Should be a good choice for what you are looking for.

      1. JanR Feb 1, 2013 10:55 AM

        I liked it. A bit of a hike for us so we haven't been back. Atmosphere is very nice and food is good.

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