Lunch at Blackfish
I hear Blackfish (Conshohocken) is going to be opening up for lunch again on weekdays after Thanksgiving.
Four of us made it into Blackfish for lunch this past Black Friday. As we were the only customers, I guess everyone else was out shopping! But we had a great time with the restaurant completely to ourselves, and as always the service was great.
Chatted with Leah Patterson, the new Director of Operations for the newly renamed "Roman Restaurant Group" (sounds Italian, but that's fine since Chip makes some pretty good pasta!). She used to work at Blackfish "back in the day", moved to NYC, and is now back in the fold (her husband John Patterson is CdC at Fork). She told us how excited she was about the brand new websites for Blackfish/Mica/Ela, so check those out.
We enjoyed (lunch menu: http://blackfishrestaurant.com/lunch/):
FRENCH ONION SOUP--Gruyere cheese, croutons, chives ($8.00)~A big bowl of classic, covered with dripping-down-the-sides toasted cheese...this could be a meal by itself.
‘BIG BURB’ BURGER--9 ounce Black Angus beef, blue cheese, fried onions, apple wood-smoked bacon, fries, with ketchup and a special sauce on the side ($12.00)...This is the burger that back in the day Craig LaBan listed as one of the best in the Philly area, before my time, but it is still excellent, nice sear, well-seasoned, although I thought it was a bit overdone relative to the medium rare I requested. Excellent fries.
As good as the burger was, the highlight of the meal was the complementary tasting of truffles, caramels, chocolates, and pate de fruit from Tradestone Confection, Chip Roman's new chocolate shop (next door to Blackfish and not open yet, but you can order them online). Served to us by Fred Ortega (ex-Le Bec Fin), Chip's partner in this new venture. As I mentioned in another thread (I previously had ordered some online), these are KILLER chocolates! The only problem was I was stuffed from that huge burger and soup.
[FYI, I was dining with a couple who have been to Blackfish more than 200 times, so don't get your hopes up that everyone and his uncle gets a free chocolate tasting, although it sounds like crazyspice got some freebies too. I did ask Harold about whether they were planning to add chocolates to the Blackfish menu, and he said they were thinking about it (and a door between Blackfish and Tradestone is planned). Tradestone, or whatever the actual storefront will be called, will be serving sandwiches, coffee, etc. all day when it opens.]
Apparently, depending on how it goes, Blackfish may be doing lunches only for the holiday season, so get in while the getting is good (I'm going to do a couple of work-related holiday lunches there in the next couple of weeks).
An excellent burger and an affordable way to enjoy Blackfish.
Was at Blackfish today for lunch, and in contest to a deserted restaurant when we visited on Black Friday, this time it was 3/4 full (at least in front, I didn't look in back).
Ordered the Fish & Chips this time, which were light and delicate, some of the best I've ever had. Good chips/fries and a tasty dipping sauce that I can't quite describe the flavor of.
Throw in an Arnold Palmer and tip, it came to $19.
Chip says the "Tradestone Cafe" next door should open mid-January...