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Aug 22, 2013 07:21 PM

Dinner at Vedge

My wife and I just had a wonderful dinner at Vedge. I know this restaraunt has been covered before, but just wanted to say what a fantastic meal we had.
We started with the For the Table sampler; Our three selections were Housemade Pickles, Green Olives, and Pickled Red and Green tomatoes. All three were excellent, although my personl favorite were the tomatoes, especially the red ones.
We had 4 dishes from the Plates menu:
Cauliflower saffron soup- Very nice dish, might have benefitted from a touch of sea salt, but was still quite good.
Salt Roasted Golden Beets- Fantastic dish, my wife said that it has replaced the beets she had at Craft as her favorite beet dish ever.
Summer Corn Salad- really great combination, especially loved the charred onion pieces.
Shawarma style carrots- My favorite dish of the night. The lentils that accompanied the dish are the best I have ever had, I could easily sit down with a bowl of them and be completely happy.

We also had 3 dishes from the Dirt list:
Chiogga beet pastrami- interesting dish that really did taste like pastrami. My wife and I agreed that we both thought it was interesting, but we probably wouldn't order it again.
Brussel sprouts- fantastic dish, my wife actually slapped the wall next to her when she first tasted it, it was that good.
Fingerling Fries with creamy worcestershire- Another wonderful dish. I could eat these every day and be extremely happy.

We both loved the service and atmosphere, as well as the food. Would gladly eat there again. Just as a note, I am a confirmed carnivore, not a vegetarian or vegan, but this food would satisfy anyone.

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  1. Thanks for your review!

    I need to put my prejudices aside and try this place.

    1. Thanks for the review as well. I think our daughter would enjoy this place - she is a vegetarian - if she would give it a try. Based on your review, we would go also. But Brussel sprouts are another story.

      1. Very nicely done and informative review, thanks. My wife is a vegetarian therefore a visit to Vedge was a must-do. On both visits we were, contrary to opinions here and in print, totally underwhelmed by the food. The venue is lovely, the service quite alright, with a great bar. Your review is so enticing we will need to visit again soon. Currently it is on our list of "most overrated in Philly", which is certainly not the popular opinion.

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        1. re: Bacchus101

          Bacchus what time of the year did you go? I am of the opinion that Vedge is at its best during the peak growing season during the late spring through early fall. After that the food becomes somewhat less interesting.

          1. re: cwdonald

            I've also been there once when Rich Landau wasn't in the kitchen and it was noticeably not quite as good as usual.

            1. re: cwdonald

              Good reasoning on both counts, season and chief chef influences. Best guess on season was fall and winter.

          2. Guess what! You just convinced me to make a rez stat.
            We're good to go on a Tuesday evening in 2 weeks.

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            1. re: arepo

              Awesome. Hope you have as great a meal as we did.

              1. re: arepo

                Certainly do hope you have a wonderful dinner. I would be most pleased to hear your review based on your upcoming visit.

                1. re: Bacchus101

                  We were just at Vedge last week, and it continues to blow me away. It may actually be the best restaurant in Philly!

                  If I could eat there every day, I'd be tempted to give up meat...

                  1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                    Just returned from a smashing dinner with friends (Birchrunville Cafe) and I mentioned that we were planning to go to Vedge next week.
                    In unison they both immediately said "don't go!" The food is delicious but the noise factor is impossible. You literally can get an earache and all you can do is read lips.
                    I was wondering if any of you incurred the same problem (or not).

                    This seems to be a continuing problem with many restaurants today.
                    I detest noisy din.

                    1. re: arepo

                      I've been a few times, at different hours. While I certainly wouldn't say it's quiet, I've never had any trouble hearing my dining companions.

                      1. re: arepo

                        That's the first time I've ever heard that complaint. It's not noisy. There are two dining rooms, a lounge, and a bar, maybe they were in the bar?

                        1. re: arepo

                          As one who is usually quite annoyed by what I deem as "overly noisy"; on my visits it was not a problem. I could see the possibility with the location of the bar, the hard surfaces and a happy crowd. Strangely, as a veggie loving person and with a veggie wife, my problem has always been the food. Recent reviews have offered potential reasons for my food issues thus we will give it another try. But while a bit loud we did not experience a problem with noise on our visits.

                          1. re: arepo

                            I've been to both Vedge's bar and the main dining room (at least what I think is the main room) multiple times when they were packed, and while I would call it above average in noise, it wasn't at a level that prevented conversation.

                            One idea is to go very early and grab seats in the little lounge behind the bar, although I don't think you can order the full menu back there, just some sort of a bar menu. But there are little tables, and it seats 6 or 8 if I remember.

                            Anyway, it's pretty much a restaurant that you CAN'T NOT GO TO at least once if you live in the Philly area, given all the hub-bub locally and nationally about it. But it's definitely a restaurant that will promote strong opinions. Some of my friends hate the food, I love it. It is a beautiful space too.

                            Try it and make up your own mind!

                            1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                              Fyi, you can order the full menu in the lounge. There are only a few two-tops in there though, along with a couple lower seats paired with coffee tables. If your party is bigger than two and you want to have a full dinner I'd sit in the dining room. Two people can have a nice dinner in the lounge though, it's very comfy in there.

                                1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                                  Just catching up on Foobooz, and saw there's a pic of the lounge at Vedge:


                                  1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                                    I didn't notice the glass tree in the window before, I wonder if that's a leftover from Deux Cheminees or whether they added it.

                                    1. re: Buckethead

                                      I assume all the stained glass is left over from then, but that's before my time.