926 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Supper was just the right thing at the right time. I walked in for a bite on a Friday, after a week of being stuck in my apartment with a nasty cold. Was pampered as soon as I walked in and seated promptly. My partner and I ordered the moroccan chicken, artichoke and cauliflower fritters and french ham to start, then the pork belly and octopus. I had the riesling, he had the carmenere- the wines by the glass were pricey, but the pours generous. We ate a ridiculous amount of the homemade bread- it was just so very delicious, and both the butter and olive oil offered were delicious and artisanal. The dish flavours tied together very well , and the portions were of adequate size, larger than tapas. I can understand why the moroccan boneless chicken wings sell out- they were our favorite! Extremely tender, moist and flavorful. The fritters did not have a dipping sauce, but I'm not complaining since the dry spices in which they had been rubbed provided plenty of a taste treat- nonetheless, a sweet and citrusy sauce may have added even more to the dish. The octopus was served with a delightful miso dressing and a server was even able to get me chopsticks, since I felt funny skewering such Japanese inspired fare. The pork belly was divine, and featured poached quince, which reappeared as a light, gummy candy later along with a few other after-dinner sweet complimentary treats. This was just one of the pleasant surprises along with the attentive, cheerful and NICE servers. The tab was reasonable, but this is not an ""eat 'til you pop"" type restaurant. More of a savour every bite place, which is what I prefer anyway when I go out. The chef even came up to talk to me when he saw me jotting down some notes in my sketchbook, and we discussed the uniqueness of the fragrant olive oil and the fact the the octopus had arrived fresh that day. A really terrific experience that I am looking forward to repeating.