We had our last lunch at The Love on a cold and windy day. Finding a parking was a big challenge as the restaurant is located in the Rittenhouse Square area. The restaurant is a partnership between Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy.
Service was professional and very friendly.
Greek Shrimp And Escarole Salad orzo, feta, olives
It was a good size salad for $19. There were plenty of very fresh escarole with a little orzo, plenty of green olives, feta and very flavorful oregano. We even had some leftover. maybe it had something to do with our breakfast sandwich!
“Burnt End” short rib chili, buttermilk biscuit and jalapeno
The chili was pretty good with some chewy but flavorful short ribs. It was a little spicy for us though. The biscuit helped a little bit.
I had read that Res Ipsa Cafe was famous for their breakfast sandwiches using house made English Muffin. On our last morning in Philadelphia, we stopped by to give it a try. Even though the cafe was less than two miles away, thanks to the congestion on Walnut Street, it took a while to get there. Thankfully, we found a parking spot right in front of the restaurant. Service was helpful.
Egg & Cheese Sandwich on House Made English Muffin frittata, asiago fresco, herb long hot spread
My husband went for the plain sandwich.
Egg & Cheese Sandwich on House Made English Muffin frittata, asiago fresco, herb long hot spread with Fennel cardamom Sausage
The English muffin was pretty good. I added the flavorful sausage to the incredibly light and fluffy frittata. There was plenty of gooey cheese to make you happy.
I don’t know why it has been a trend for the wait staff to tell the diners how small the dishes are and how they should order X number of dishes. Our waiter kept telling every table how small every dish was which was not really true. The pork ribs for example were a good portion for $16.
Pretty good crusty bread.
Octopus pistachio, cannellini beans, smoked sweet paprika
The octopus was tender and went well with the earthy beans and pistachio sauce.
Pork Ribs colatura, lime, chili
The pork ribs were delicious and meaty but the broth/sauce was really spicy.
Agnolotti del Plin suckling pig, cabbage, apple, gruner veltliner
It was a tasty and interesting pasta dish.
Hanger Steak shishito, black olive, potato
Since we were sitting in the room facing the wood burning oven, we had to order something from the grill section. We were debating between the lamb and the steak. Steak won. It was a good portion for $29. We took half home. The steak was perfectly cooked and the potatoes were nice and crisp. The black olive tapenade was a nice touch.
Walnut Street Cafe is always a must stop for their delicious kouign amann while visiting Philadelphia.
Very buttery but it had a little more sugar on the bottom than last time.
Pistachio Cherry Croissant
It was very rich and little sugary probably because of the powder sugar. Very good though.
Choc. Hazelnut Kouign Amann
Even though we ate this kouign amann the day after we purchased it and it was exposed to humidity, it was still very good. I just warmed it up in the oven briefly.
I picked Maison 208 for brunch simply because it was supposed to be one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year from the Top chef contestant, Sylva Senat. The food we tried was not cooked the way it should have. One was under cooked and the other was overcooked. Service was fine.
Top Chef Season 14, episode 10 skuna bay salmon frittata, beet sabayon
It tasted good but it would have been much better had they baked it a minute or two less.
Dock Egg Benedict prosciutto, duck fat béarnaise, house baked rosemary biscuit
The highlight was the fragrant rosemary biscuit. The duck egg needed a minute more so the white would have been more opaque. We told our waitress about the problem and she asked us if we wanted new eggs. We replied, yes. After a while, she showed up and told us something about the eggs were cooked sous vide at 65 degree. I replied that we have had 65 degree eggs before and they were cooked more. Perhaps because it was a duck egg it needed more cooking. To their credit, they removed the charge from our bill.
It tasted good but its shape could have been better.
It was a good version but we have been spoiled by the one from the Seylou bakery in D.C.
I am so glad this pastry did not disappoint. Even though it was not made to order, like the one from Jacques Genin in Paris, it still tasted pretty good. The puff pastry was nice and crisp.
When we lived in Philly fourteen years ago, we loved going to Capogiro Gelato. Back then they were one of the first to come up with unique gealtti and sorbetti flavors. So, for the old times sake we stopped here to have a little dessert.
I picked a.kitchen+bar for one of our dinners because the critics raved about two of their dishes that appealed to me. As we sat down and looked at the menu, I was disappointed that the two dishes we were interested in were not listed on the menu. One was the choucroute garnie. Of course that dish was listed on their online menu. Maybe they should update their online menu more often, so people won’t get disappointed.
Since we were kind of full from our early brunch at Suraya, we picked three small dishes to share. Service was helpful.
Parsnip Bourride smoked cod, shellfish
We were pleasantly surprised that this dish was a seafood stew or as they called it a soup. They split the dish for us. It was very flavorful. The grilled baguette was hearty and delicious.
Crab & Pumpkin Croquetts sea urchin aioli
This dish sounded better on the paper than it tasted. It did not have much crab probably because it was heavy on the pumpkin. The aioli did not taste like sea urchin either. A total disappointment.
Winter Citrus horseradish yogurt, beets, pistachio
This dish looked pretty and tasted good. There were blood oranges, grapefruits and clementines with raw beets and watermelon radish. It needed more yogurt though to balance the dish.
Suraya is a Lebanese cafe and market in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia. While we ate there, the line of people never stopped at the counter. The food we tried was pretty good. Service was a mix. Some people were more friendly than others. They will start their dinner service soon.
Somebody must love powder sugar!
Lebanese Chai Latte
It was interesting chai with turmeric and orchid powder (sahlab), which tasted similar to rose-water. They used crushed pistachios and rose petals for a visually appealing chai. I liked the mug even more than the latte!
It was a good buttery kouign amann with a hint of rose-water.
Hummous With Slow Roasted Lamb baharat, cilantro
It was a good dish. The hummus needed a little lemon. The lamb was crisp like a bacon.
Baba Ganoush eggplant, tehina, urfa, pomegranate
It was really a good smoky baba ganoush. pomegranate added crunch and tartness to this delicious dip. Pretty to look also.
I was very happy that the pita was not white. A very good whole wheat pita.
Ful Mudammas tomato, shallot, cilantro, chile
I love fava and really enjoyed this flavorful dip.