Ayam Kurma at Sate Kampar on Passyunk Avenue
If you’ve never had Malaysian food, Saté Kampar might be the place to go try it. Opening today on 1837 East Passyunk Avenue, Saté Kampar will be serving a variety of styles of Saté (marinated meat on bamboo skewers, grilled over charcoal), as well as other authentic Malaysian food and drinks.
Here’s what to expect tonight:
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East Passyunk Avenue is hosting its own restaurant week starting on Sunday, February 21st and running through Saturday, February 27th. The week of deals on Philadelphia’s hottest restaurant stretch come in three flavors. There are $15, $25 and $35 options that are available for lunch/brunch or dinner. Of the 24 restaurants participating six of the restaurants participating are in Philadelphia magazine’s latest 50 Best Restaurants list.
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A Man’s Image is becoming a restaurant | Photo via Google Maps
On New Year’s Eve, the Passyunk Post dropped some interesting news on its site. The “A Man’s Image” shop at 1709 East Passyunk Avenue is going to become a restaurant. And though the Post had heard a rumor it would be a Stephen Starr restaurant, A Man’s Image owner Abe Mandel told them it was “Better than Starr.” And that the restaurateur has 28 restaurants including Boston and D.C. Mandel called the food phenomenal.
We’re not seeing any restaurant groups that match up. Any guesses out there? Leave us a comment.
‘Better’ than Starr? Restaurateur with 28 locations signs lease for A Man’s Image [Passyunk Post]
The menu board and Cornish pastries at Stargazy | Jason Varney
This year, the restaurants that didn’t quite make the cut say almost as much about our city as those that did.
Things in Philly are changing. Things in Philly are always changing, but these past couple years have been more tumultuous than usual.
Fine dining has taken a big hit. On our entire list of the best restaurants in the city, there are only a handful that could be considered fine dining. Fast-casual has become a viable local model. Some of our best eating is now done at the bar, late at night. The gastropub revolution that took hold so firmly here has become a base onto which we’ve built something new and not yet really named—a Philly cuisine that has as much to do with how you eat as with what’s on the plate, the table or the wine list.
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Bell Prosciutto Pizza is on the lunch menu at Brigantessa.
East Passyunk’s Brigantessa is now open for lunch from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Executive chef and partner Joe Cicala and chef de cuisine Julia Robinson are serving up his pizzas plus antipasti, panini and Contorni (sides).
It’s a perfect break to your holiday shopping on the Avenue.
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On the menu right now, a collab pie with Chris Kearse.
It’s not like Sam Jacobson needs help making wonderful pies at East Passyunk’s Stargazy but that doesn’t mean he’ll turn down a good idea.
Today and through the rest of the week, he’s teamed up with Chris Kearse of Will BYOB to create a special dessert pie. Kearse took Epoisses de Bourgogne cheese and combined it with chopped chestnuts and handed it over to Jacobson, who baked it into the middle of his Bosc Pear Pie.
The results can be yours through the rest of the week, or until they’re all sold out.
New bar at Plenty Cafe on East Passyunk
Plenty Cafe has reopened on East Passyunk after a several-months-long conversion into an all-day cafe with liquor license. The reimagined Plenty Cafe will still offer coffee, breakfast and lunch but will now also have table service after 4 p.m. The cafe will also have a marble bar with 6 draft beers, six draft wines (available by-the-glass or carafe) and a total of 17 wines available by-the-glass. And since it is an-all day cafe, the bar will also offer brunch drinks like their signature Korean Bloody Mary with kimchi, gochujang and daikon. There will also be a selection of classic aperitivi and digestivi from Europe. These vermouths, red bitters, gentians and cinchonas will be served traditionally and featured in Plenty Cafe’s six signature cocktails.
The opening draft list includes a solid lineup from around the world including Gaffel Kolsch, Allagash White and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. The drafts are backed up by 30 beers available by bottle or can.
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Some restaurants host events every single week, but others wait until they’ve got something special going on; a distinctive bottle or two to open or some out-of-town visitors to fête. Such was the occasion last week at Townsend when the sweet spot on Passyunk hosted Sierra Foothills winemakers Caroline Hoel and Hank Beckmeyer from La Clarine Farm.
Natural to the core, these down to earth, yet broadly knowledgeable vintners waxed eloquent on their unorthodox grape blends and the exciting nature of natural winemaking. The biodynamic model of minimally invasive agriculture can be considered at best capricious, and at worst reckless, but is undoubtedly the cutting edge of wine culture internationally. Finding these dynamic, challenging (and often delicious) wines paired attentively and successfully with Townsend Wentz’s take on classic French cuisine was a pleasure.
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Who knew we needed a British pie shop? | Photo by Emily Teel
The best time I had at Stargazy was on a rainy afternoon when I was going somewhere else. I hadn’t even been thinking about pies (which is odd for me), but then there I was—like a block away, walking through the drizzle—and I thought, You know what would go nicely with this weather? A sausage roll.
I pushed in through the door and watched the cooks in the tiny backroom kitchen squaring pies on sheet pans. The sausage roll cost something like four bucks and was hot and greasy enough to stain the bottom of the brown paper bag it came in. Perfect, in other words. I stepped back out into the gray and ate it walking, in its c-fold wrapping, picking apart the crisp, flaking crust with my fingers. That was a good day.
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The annual Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl is happening Wednesday, October 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. along East Passyunk. Tickets, which go for a devilish $6.66 each gets you a witch hat, access to $3 Victory and Troegs beers plus a Witch CRAFT Stamp Card, which attendees can fill for the chance to win $375 in gift certificates to participating bars and restaurants.
15 bars are participating in the crawl, each offering at least two beers at $3 each. Among the beers being offered seasonal offerings such as Troegs Hop Knife Harvest Ale and Victory Festbier and Moonglow Weizenbock. Participating bars and restaurants will also be offering food at special prices. Cider lovers can also look for a special red-apple blended Bold Rock hard cider at participating locations.
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