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3 BELLS for Marigold Kitchen from Craig LaBan

PhillyBestBYOB Jan 3, 2014 06:34 PM

For some reason I thought he had reviewed Marigold, or was that before the chef change?

He doesn't pass up the chance to repeat once again his visceral dislike of modernist cuisine:

"Bubbles, foam, and smoke, of course, are the cliches of molecular gastronomy, the science-driven edge of contemporary cooking that, in my experience, too often distracts young chefs with shiny gadgets when they should just be thinking harder about harmonious plates."


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    JanR Jan 4, 2014 05:08 AM

    The link doesn't work. I know he has reviewed Marigold Kitchen at least twice, and I believe there have been at least two chef changes since it opened. Where is this review?

    1. j
      JanR Jan 4, 2014 06:16 AM

      The link works now. Earlier today, the review couldn't be found anywhere. Thanks.

      1. sal_acid Jan 4, 2014 06:27 AM

        I do see his point. Too often the foams etc add nothing to a plate (and they look like spittle).

        He did do 3 bells for these guys, so he couldn';t have hated the smoke too much.

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        1. re: sal_acid
          PhillyBestBYOB Jan 4, 2014 09:05 AM

          LOL, better not look at your morning latte then! ;-)

          OT: One of the most molecular meals I had this year was Eleven Madison Park (NYC), supposedly the best restaurant in the US, at least according to the Restaurant Mag annual ranking (although personally I prefer Per Se). I wonder what Craig would say about their very theatrical meals (including a smoked fish dish served under a glass lid that the server then removes and swirls to blow the smoke around the table).

          That underground restaurant we all know about is just about the most modernist cuisine available in Philly, and in my mind, consistently the best food as well. I would buy Craig dinner there just to hear his thoughts on it.

          Anyone want to organize a Chowdown for Marigold???

          1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
            dndicicco Feb 19, 2014 07:47 AM

            I would be in. I haven't been to Marigold but always hear the best.

            1. re: dndicicco
              PhillyBestBYOB Feb 19, 2014 08:35 PM

              Just went tonight...it was very good. Will write something up later.

              1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
                PhillyBestBYOB Feb 20, 2014 06:59 PM

                Posted photos of all 16 courses (or at least bites) on my Facebook account:


                Don't go, it only looks good. (jk)

                1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
                  dndicicco Feb 20, 2014 07:25 PM

                  Oh wow, that looks pretty amazing

                  1. re: dndicicco
                    PhillyBestBYOB Feb 20, 2014 07:43 PM

                    It was.

        2. PhillyBestBYOB Feb 18, 2014 04:59 PM

          Any advice about parking for Marigold?

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          1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
            cwdonald Feb 18, 2014 08:59 PM

            I would valet park it at Pod then walk.

            1. re: cwdonald
              PhillyBestBYOB Feb 18, 2014 09:11 PM

              What is that? Like 12 blocks???

              You obviously have never seen me BYOBing (2 bags each of wine glasses and wine bottles).


              1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
                cwdonald Feb 18, 2014 09:19 PM

                You no doubt could use the exercise;-)

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                  Delucacheesemonger Feb 22, 2014 09:32 AM

                  VERY LOL

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                    PhillyBestBYOB Feb 23, 2014 05:56 AM

                    You are supposed to stick up for me Deluca. I've lost 13 pounds so far this year!

                    Note, that photo is NOT me!

            2. re: PhillyBestBYOB
              Boognish Feb 19, 2014 05:25 AM

              Why not park right on their block?

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                sal_acid Feb 19, 2014 08:07 AM

                Its a residential street. Parking is always tough. With the current piles of snow might be impossible.

                1. re: sal_acid
                  Boognish Feb 19, 2014 09:55 AM

                  Good point about the snow, but as a local resident, I've never noticed it being a real problem. Worst case scenario is to drop off your wine & stemware then park a few blocks away. Although I used to live off 45th, I'm not too familiar with the parking, which is block by block.

                  As a alternative, they'd be happy to call you a cab at the end of dinner.

                  1. re: Boognish
                    PhillyBestBYOB Feb 19, 2014 08:37 PM

                    Ended up parking at the lot across from Matyson so I could meet someone there and then took Uber to MK and back.

                    Actually, even with the snow, there seemed to be street parking spaces available around MK. One of our number parked right in front.

                    1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
                      JanR Feb 21, 2014 06:20 AM

                      We've never had trouble parking near Marigold.

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              cwdonald Feb 19, 2014 08:52 AM

              There is a public lot at 40th and Walnut. 14 dollars to park. Its U penn lot #40. About a 8 minute walk to your destination.

              I also go to concerts up near Dock Street which is beyond where you are and in general do not have a hard time parking. That is further up Baltimore and while it is all street parking I have not had problems parking there. Now during this snow situation, who knows.


              1. Delucacheesemonger Feb 22, 2014 09:36 AM

                Last night at Fork was talking to Ellen Yin and just after High Street received its 3 bells from C Laban, she stated that since bad winter started only one restaurant reviewed by Laban got less than 3 bells.
                Coincidence, who knows but all got 3 bells.

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                1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                  sal_acid Feb 22, 2014 11:22 AM

                  Ahhh.I don't think LaB would upgrade.

                  But he might well have elected to put the 3 bell places up front to help them out.

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