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Jan 3, 2014 06:34 PM

3 BELLS for Marigold Kitchen from Craig LaBan

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

      1. 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.

        6 Replies
        1. re: sal_acid

          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

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

            1. re: dndicicco

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

              1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

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


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

        2. Any advice about parking for Marigold?

          10 Replies
          1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

            I would valet park it at Pod then walk.

            1. re: cwdonald

              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

                You no doubt could use the exercise;-)

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

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

                    Note, that photo is NOT me!

              1. re: Boognish

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

                1. re: sal_acid

                  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

                    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

                      We've never had trouble parking near Marigold.

            2. 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.