My friend and I dined here recently, since we were staying at the Westin. The dining room was quiet and reasonably elegant, without being pretentious. We were there during the dinner hour but only a few other tables were occupied. I asked the Maitre-d'hotel, Rafael, where the crowd was, to which he replied that this was the best kept secret in Philadelphia. He was right, the restaurant is not even listed in the 2007 Zagat restaurant guide.
The menu was small and very well thought out, making us presume (or hope) that each item would be well prepared. Everything on the menu exceeded our expectations, so much so that we ate there the next night and enjoyed the same stellar cuisine.
The salads were wondeful. The crabcake was so fresh and free of any fillers that it was simply shaped and placed on the plate. The diver scallops were prepared perfectly and had the soft, even texture that only comes with the freshest scallops. The Amish Chicken appeared to me to be a completely deboned half-chicken that had a maple glaze and again, was expertly prepared. Like acclaim for the wonderful pork chop and filet. The special was grilled grouper that was cooked to perfection . We had a side vegetable of Green beans, in a Morel and Shitake mushroom sauce, topped with onion crisps, that was so delicious we ordered it again the next day.
The wait-staff was excellent, helpful and friendly, not at all stuffy.
This restaurant is simply excellent and yet unheralded. We very highly recommend it. Only suggestion for change is the wine list, which is pedestrian and without vintages. Definitely not up to the quality of the cuisine. Surely the Westin chain has a wine expert that can be called upon to revamp the list.
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