- Neighborhood: Avenue of the Arts
- 777 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
- Phone: 215-687-2170
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- Cuisine: Indian
- Price: $$$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Today, Global Philly 2013 kicked off with a special event at Zama. Hiroyuki ‘Zama’ Tanaka and Kevin Sbraga were on hand to unleash the “Sbraga Roll.” The sushi roll is the latest collaboration from Tanaka who has conspired with many of Philadelphia’s best chefs and top celebrities to create a series of unusual rolls. Chef Sbraga suggested some of his favorite ingredients for the roll that will be served at Zama over the course of Global Philly 2013, from September 15 to November 1. The Sbraga Roll is a sushi roll with dill, jalapeno, avocado and crispy shallot topped with a Panko-crusted bite of dorado.
Global Philly is an international exposition, presented by the Global Philadelphia Association. Sbraga, who is leading the culinary part of the initiative, has rounded up some of his chef contemporaries to participate in the month-and-a-half long event to offer “Global Philadelphia” appetizer specials.
Starting at $12, the appetizers will be found at Sbraga’s eponymous modern American restaurant as well as at restaurants like Tashan, Bistro La Minette and Zinc , La Calaca Feliz, Zama and Han Dynasty.
GlobalPhilly 2013 [Official Site]
The rumors have been circulating for a few days, but now we know for sure. Sylva Senat is no longer the chef at Tashan. Or Tiffin, Tiffin Bistro or any other of owner Munish Narula‘s properties.
I chatted briefly with Senat this afternoon, and while he didn’t have much to add (other than a confirmation that he is, in fact, no longer chef at Tashan), he did say that he was now a “free agent” (meaning that he doesn’t have another gig lined up yet), that his tenure in the kitchen at Tashan was “cut short” (meaning that he didn’t walk out on his own, but was asked to leave), and that he thinks the reason he was let go was because he “care[d] too much” (though, honestly, I’m not entirely sure what that means).
“It’s still a surreal moment,” Senat told me. “Articles are still coming out with my name on [them] for Tiffin Bistro, Groupon, et cetera.”
Narula hasn’t returned calls for comment on the loss of the chef that opened Tashan to critical acclaim. But needless to say, if there’s anyone out there looking to open a modern Indian restaurant (or, really, any other kind of restaurant) and is in the market for a blooded, veteran, award-winning chef, Senat would probably be happy to take your call.
UPDATE: According to the Insider, Kirti Pant, the chef brought in by Narula to run his new Tiffin Bistro, is now the chef at Tashan.
Tashan Review [Philly mag]
The Penn Relays are the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, hosted annually by the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field. The multi-day event has occurred annually for 119 years.
This year more than ten Philadelphia restaurants (including Tashan and Cuba Libre, Tashan’s Sylva Senat is talking about offering a coconut lime calamari) are participating in Caribbean Cuisine Week– a week of food, music and raising funds to assist over 700 high school athletes from Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Bahamas and Grenada get to the 2013 Penn Relays.
The event is held April 16-18, 2013. The Caribbean/Latin Specials include appetizer, main course and dessert for $33 or less.
Caribbean Cuisine Week – Participating restaurants [Official Site]