- Neighborhood: Main Line
- 1011 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA
- Phone: 610-527-4400
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- Cuisine: Continental
- Alcohol: BYOB
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Despite all the incest, rape, and heads on pikes in HBO’s Game of Thrones, there are some of us who simply can’t watch it without getting hungry. While some have described the show’s racier scenes as soft-core porn, I think it’s fair to say that the dining scenes, featuring tables laden with honey glazed meats, pies, and pitchers overflowing with Dornish red wines, are tantamount to food porn. Thankfully for hungry fans like me, two different Philly restaurants are hosting Game of Thrones tasting menus to celebrate the premiere of the show’s fifth season.
Chef Ben Thomas and his wife, Elena, have taken a big risk opening Cerise, a BYOB in Bryn Mawr. If you want to have dinner here, you have to buy into a $47 four-course prix-fixe menu (a $39 three-course is available Wednesday and Sunday), and at that price, proper Main Liners are going to balk at the lax (though very friendly) service, the too-bright room and the lack of table linens. And though the menu can be a little hit-or-miss, the French-trained Thomas, who has worked at Lacroix and Sycamore, does have some real skills, which he best shows off with his perfect chicken liver mousse and house-made pastas. It’s just too bad you can’t order them à la carte.
First appeared in the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.