I was in Philly moving my daughter who had just graduated from art school. She passed this restaurant for 2 years on her way too and from her dingy dive of an apartment. She said she's see the people enjoying great food and having fun and was like the little kid looking in. I was a chef and my daughter was raised on truly fine food at home so she knew what she was looking at. To celebrate her graduation and being all packed up we ate here on our last night in Philly. I rarely eat out and almost never in this price bracket because I can make the food myself for much less, but this was a special occasion.
They did not disappoint and it was much better than I had anticipated. When I asked about how the meat was raised and where it came from the waiter did not bat an eyelash and was able to tell me. He knew where and how each type of fish was sourced. I was the awful customer who forgot to mention a food sensitivity and when it was with an item that had not listed it on the menu he subbed right away and took care of it without a second thought. This was service of the highest order. The night turned out to be absolutely magical and I would not hesitate to eat there again. All the energy goes into the food and these people truly care about food, flavor and presentation. The attention paid to vegetables was amazing. No money is wasted on excessive decor. There are lines here every night and there is good reason for it. Get there early on weekends as it is first come first served.
I usually skip dessert, but this was an unusual night for us and the deserts were fantastic and not as overly sweet as I have come to expect from American deserts.
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