707 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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01/02/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I was so excited to try Chifa. I've been a fan of Jose Garces and his restaurants for a while. My husband and I wanted to take my parents out for a night on the town. We were seated prompted, in the corner which had lack luster decor. (The dining room had wonderful ambience, we just didn't get seated in there)
We had ordered about 10-12 plates for the table. The tapa style plates arrived, in nice intervals, However, after we portioned out our rack of lamb dish, we realized it was cold, and the server did not come back to check on us for it to be sent back. She later came to clear our plates and offered a mediocre 'oh sorry, it shouldn't have been cold'. As I was filling out the comment card, the manager came and ask us how the meal was, after we told him about the lack luster service less then spectacular lamb, he offered us some free tapas cards for any GRG restaurant.
On a bright note, some memorable dishes were the Kobe tartare, the pork belly bao bun, and my husband liked the Thai sausage.
All in all, Chifa did not live up to Chef Garces' other establishments. A very disappointing thumbs down from this Philly foodie.
05/22/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I was excited to finally try Chifa for brunch but was quickly let down. While the restaurant only had three tables seated there was a couple before us waiting. We waited and waited and waited. The server walked by us twice and never looked at us or made a ""I will be right with you"" comment. I could see the bartender behind the bar and another staff person in the back. After the wait we decided to go across the street to Jones where customers are happily greeted as they enter the door.