High Street on Market
LaBan's review has my mouth watering. That Red Eye Danish, the corzetti, the bucatini... Oh my!
I went pretty soon after it first opened and grabbed some breakfast to go, including smoked salmon on pretzel roll and various pastries. The service was discombobulated, albeit only a few customers, they actually gave my pastries to someone else and I had to tell them what I needed before we could get my order somewhat close to what I had ordered. No part of that take out meal made me want to go back, from the coffee to the fried potatoes ( undercooked and seasoned too much. There was hardly any salmon in the sandwich etc... I was disappointed, as I had enjoyed an excellent meal in Fork a few weeks earlier.
Went to HSOM with my daughter, grandson & his girl friend. We all really enjoyed the meal. Everyone liked the fried broccoli enough to order a second serving! My grandson & I shared the lamb tartare (artichokes & cashews) and an incredible Striped Bass Collar (braised greens & razor clam vinaigrette). Maybe the sweet, most succulent fish I've ever eaten! Pastas were: Agnolotti (jerk spice, eggplant, goat yogurt), Buckwheat Orecchiette (crawfish & okra), Beet Corzetti (sardines, hazelnuts & cheese), and Green Tea Garganelli (duck ragu). Every one of the pasta dishes were really good. Service was very good - attentive without be annoying.
The meh of the night was a beet salad that had little to nothing going for it.
We're all looking forward to returning!
Intersting you didn't like the beet salad, which one of the pro reviewers said was the new "best beet" dish in town (replacing Farm & Fisherman's beet "steak", which I love). HSoM's dish is cooked in beef dripings.
I didn't dislike it, but it was probably the least interesting of the 8 courses we had.
Went to High Street for the first time last night with a friend, who beat me to the punch with a Yelp review:
However, I will say that this was an excellent meal. We had the 8-course tasting menu, which was mostly served sharing style, and it was a lot of food (ended up taking most of both plates of wagyu home), all for a bargain $45.
My favorite courses were:
1) Mike's crispy kale chips, which sound trivial, but are completely amazing (and messy to eat).
2) Green tea garganelli with smoked duck ragu, the flavor of which would be a bit hard to describe if you didn't know what was in it (and a bit acidic too, which I loved).
3) Rabbit & maple chestnuts, which was a wonderfully complex medley of cauliflower, almost burnt Brussels sprouts, fruit and tender flavorful rabbit.
4) Black seaweed bucatini pasta, with weird little shaved lobster bottarga that I first thought was carrot shavings. All their pasta is made fresh in-house daily.
5) Of the two desserts, I particularly like the sticky toffee pudding made with dates and served with ice cream.
Good cocktails, an unusual short wine list (for example, they have a rare bottling by Frank Cornelissen, the crazy man of Mt. Etna), and also a back passage to Fork next door (so we stopped over to their bar afterwards, which stays open later).
Great space, although a bit noisy even though it wasn't very crowded on a snowy night. Good friendly service, and they even comped us a couple of drinks (I think just because we were having such a good time).
Convenient $6.50 validated parking in the Ritz at the Bourse movie theatre a block away.
There's some great places opening up in Philly recently, and I'd place this up there with Laurel and The Fat Ham.