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Best 10+ courses tasting menu

Worldwide Diner Feb 10, 2014 08:21 PM

Going to Vetri and been to Zahav (although I want to try the counter). Other than those two, what are the best tasting menus with ten or more courses?

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    cwdonald Feb 10, 2014 08:24 PM

    We have been getting a lot of love for Marigold Kitchen lately. LaCroix and the Fountain both have tasting menus, as does Fork. Morimoto's omakase should be considered as well (dont remember if its 10 plus courses but after 8 does it really matter?).

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    1. re: cwdonald
      Worldwide Diner Feb 10, 2014 08:39 PM

      Been to Morimoto years ago. It was very good. I'll check out the others you mentioned.

    2. PhillyBestBYOB Feb 11, 2014 07:43 AM

      Bistro 7 in Old City doesn't get mentioned a lot, but they do an excellent 10-course tasting menu for the silly price of $65 (BYOB). I've had it 2 or 3 times and it was excellent (especially the gnocchi)


      Why does it have to be 10 courses? 7 courses at Bibou will make you feel like a little French piggy (particularly if you order the foie gras-stuffed pigs trotter).

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      1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
        Worldwide Diner Feb 11, 2014 09:28 AM

        I like to try as many dishes as possible. Between my friend and I, we can do 6+ dishes just ordering a la carte, so a 7 course tasting menu just doesn't seem all that exciting. I was just wonderying if there are good 10+ course tasting menus in Philly.

        1. re: Worldwide Diner
          PhillyBestBYOB Feb 11, 2014 10:13 AM

          Although big tasting menus often don't have much to do with the a la carte menu. That's certainly the case at Zahav for the counter. Marigold doesn't even offer a la carte anymore I believe.

          1. re: Worldwide Diner
            Buckethead Feb 11, 2014 10:20 AM

            It's not a tasting menu per se, but Kanella's Sunday night prix-fixe is fantastic, it's 7-8 courses, you pick either vegetarian or non-, each option has its own unique dishes. So if you go with someone else and one of you orders veg and one non-, you'll have 15 dishes to try.

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          Bigley9 Feb 11, 2014 11:14 AM

          Serpico has a tasting menu - I can't recall if it is 8 or 10 courses, and it isn't on their web site

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            PhillyBestBYOB Feb 11, 2014 12:01 PM

            I think it was about 8 when I had it. Can't really remember how it related to the a la carte menu, although I do remember the Chawanmushi came without the usual caviar on it.

            1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
              Bigley9 Feb 11, 2014 01:02 PM

              I know we had some off menu items and some regular menu items. Also, I think our first course was 3 different bites. I got the foie gras dessert because our waiter let the kitchen know I didn't like sweets after a discussion of the copes corn ravioli.

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                Worldwide Diner Feb 12, 2014 09:29 AM

                I made reservation for Serpico and asked for counter seating. Thanks!

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                  dndicicco Feb 12, 2014 09:42 AM

                  Great idea! I'll be excited to hear your experience.

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                    ellenost Feb 19, 2014 09:03 AM

                    Look forward to your report since I'm visiting Philadelphia in April to dine at Serpico. I'm a big fan of Chef Peter from his years at Momofuku Ko in NYC!

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              Worldwide Diner Feb 11, 2014 04:24 PM

              We're doing Vetri on 3/8. Looking for dinner on 3/7 - Laurel and Vedge are booked already.

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              1. re: Worldwide Diner
                Philly Ray Feb 11, 2014 04:44 PM

                I think Fond might do a tasting menu, but I'm not sure how many courses. But if you call them and say that you want 10 courses, maybe they will accommodate you.

                1. re: Worldwide Diner
                  barryg Feb 11, 2014 06:23 PM

                  Did you check Fork? I dont know how many courses it is exactly, but around 10 I think. Even if it's less, they do an elaborate bread service that would give you at least 10 tastes I would think.

                  1. re: barryg
                    Worldwide Diner Feb 11, 2014 07:16 PM

                    I haven't called anywhere but I've been going through websites to see what the restaurants serve. My top picks so far are Le Virtu, Serpico, Vernick and Morimoto (all have sea urchin dishes, including uni carbonara at Morimoto).

                    I looked at the top 20 joints in Philly Mag's list. I'm not looking for a 10+ course tasting for the sake of 10+ course tasting; I'm looking for the best restaurant that happens to offer a 10+ course tasting. If we have to order a la carte, we will.

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                      barryg Feb 11, 2014 07:25 PM

                      That reminds me, you should come back for the 40-course meal at Le Virtu: http://www.philly.com/philly/food/201...

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                        Worldwide Diner Feb 11, 2014 07:31 PM

                        I'd like to go back for that. How do I get on the list?

                      2. re: Worldwide Diner
                        Philly Ray Feb 11, 2014 07:27 PM

                        Maybe you should plan around this next year...


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                    janellask Feb 14, 2014 06:23 AM

                    My favorite tasting menu that no one is going to is at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel. Chef Jon Cichon makes a 12 course savory dinner. And the Chef's table is located in the kitchen! Although it is not cheap, it is heavenly. Lots of beautiful textures and delicate flavors. Not overly seasoned and well balanced. Wine list is a bit expensive but there are some nice choices that complements Chef Jon's cuisine well.

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                      barryg Feb 16, 2014 09:26 AM

                      Here's a video promoting Fork's new 7-course tasting menu, focused on food from the Mid-Atlantic region.


                      Menu is here: http://www.forkrestaurant.com/menu/di...

                      If you consider that the bread is very serious at Fork, this meal is probably at least 10 different tastes.

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                      1. re: barryg
                        PhillyBestBYOB Feb 17, 2014 02:26 PM

                        That looks seriously good.

                        1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
                          Bigley9 Feb 17, 2014 10:34 PM

                          I have been wanting to get back there and this menu just pushed me toward the reservation line!

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                        percyn Feb 20, 2014 07:50 PM

                        Studiokitchen (if there is a planned dinner that day)
                        Fuji in Haddonfield
                        Han Dynasty (20+ courses for a different experience)

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                        1. re: percyn
                          Philly Ray Feb 20, 2014 07:58 PM

                          Paradiso does a tasting menu?

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