Taste: In Search of: Eggplant

 


Tired of the greasy, mushy and generally bland eggplant parms that pervade this city’s red-sauce spots, we fanned out to find worthy uses of the versatile vegetable, in season locally through October.

Vegetarian (shown)
“Eggplant is a vegetarian cliché food,” says Rich Landau, chef of vegan-­friendly Horizons. But Landau updates it successfully with a savory lasagna featuring smoked eggplant mousse, layered with a pistachio onion confit between wide noodles with a creamy porcini sauce.

611 South 7th Street, 215-923-6117, horizonsphiladelphia.com.

Western
Osteria’s 700-degree wood-fired oven produces some wonderful things, including the eggplant atop this crisp-crusted pizza. The eggplant slices are baked, picking up a smoky taste, and then presented ever so simply with tomatoes, dried oregano and stracciatella cheese.

640 North Broad Street, 215-763-0920, osteriaphilly.com.

Eastern
New strip-mall spot Thai L’Elephant offers some of the region’s best Thai food—and has no fewer than four eggplant dishes on the small menu. Our favorite: the warm aubergine salad, a half-­eggplant bowl filled with char-grilled purple Asian eggplant and minced chicken in a medium-spicy chili-lime sauce, plus two tempura shrimp for good measure.

277 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville, 610-935-8613.

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.