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Feb 10, 2014 08:21 PM

Best 10+ courses tasting menu

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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  1. 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

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

    2. 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

        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

          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

            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.

        2. 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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          1. re: Bigley9

            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

              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.

              1. re: Bigley9

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

                1. re: Worldwide Diner

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

                  1. re: Worldwide Diner

                    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!

            2. 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

                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

                  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

                    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.

                    1. re: Worldwide Diner

                      That reminds me, you should come back for the 40-course meal at Le Virtu:

                      1. re: barryg

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

                  2. 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.