We Hardly Knew You

Michael Klein reports that Kaizan has bowed out at the Academy House after just 5 months. Originally conceptualized as Zen Setsu back in April with kaiseki, a tasting menu of up to 9 courses, Kaizan was a scaled down version that never got much traction.

Also shutting its doors is Clementine’s Bistro which got better reviews than Kaizan but suffered no better a fate, closing after a year.

Closings [Food and Drinq]

Shine A Little Bit

Kirsten Henri checks out Clementine’s Bistro on East Passyunk and finds an “often lovely” bistro that could use a little more pizazz.

Clementine’s Bistro, a BYOB on Passyunk Avenue that opened last spring, could use a little help in the vibe department. While the food is solid, it’s a shrinking violet in the atmosphere department. It’s positioned itself as a bistro, with all the trappings—a plat du jour, a prix-fixe menu option, a cheese and charcuterie plate—and it’s mostly successful, but it could use a bit more atmosphere.

Oh My Darling, Clementine’s [Philadelphia Weekly]
Clementine’s Bistro [Official Site]

Clementine’s Bistro Reviewed By City Paper

Trey Popp checks out Clementine’s Bistro on Passyunk Avenue. He finds owner Bob Patton’s Spring menu to be one more reason to dine on Passyunk Avenue.

You could think of Clementine’s cuisine as mom’s cooking kicked up a few notches: square meals in generous helpings with a dash of creativity but no pretentiousness. Patton’s midspring offerings are also pretty healthful, as restaurant fare goes — after all, there’s more to French cooking than butter.

Oh, My Darlin’ [City Paper]