Learning Curve: Sate Kampar Reviewed

Photo via Sate Kampar

Photo via Sate Kampar

This is what you do. You go to Sate Kampar on a first date. You save it for someone special—for when Tinder, the phone psychic, your matching Deadpool tattoos or shared fear of dying alone and being eaten by raccoons tells you this is the one. That it’s going to go the distance.

You go to Sate Kampar and you drift down into the hard-backed wooden chairs, under the soft yellow glow of the lights. You order off the sate menu (satay is how you spelled it, always, until seeing it done this other way in a place that probably knows), because meat on sticks? That’s easy. That’s just a little bit foreign but still approachable, good for a first date.

You go for the kambing (the goat) because it’s that kind of night and you’re willing to take chances, and then the ayam (the chicken) for safety.

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Philly Maintains Pace in Walk Score Rankings

East Passyunk Avenue's eclectic collection of shops and restaurants have played a major role in improving their neighborhood's walkability. | Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

East Passyunk Avenue’s eclectic collection of shops and restaurants have played a major role in improving their neighborhood’s walkability. | Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™

No American city, not even New York, is a “Walker’s Paradise,” according to Walk Score, the outfit that rates communities according to how easy it is to access places on foot (and by bike and transit).

But nine of the top 10, including No. 4 Philadelphia, are rated “Very Walkable” by Walk Score.

New York, as always, topped the walkability ratings with a Walk Score of 89 – just shy of “Walker’s Paradise” status. In a “Walker’s Paradise,” daily errands do not require a car to perform them. Most errands can be performed without one in “Very Walkable” neighborhoods. Read more »

Rival Bros. Coffee Coming to East Passyunk

rival-bros-11th-tasker-940Rival Bros Coffee, the coffee company from Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi have announced that they are opening their second location, this one across from the Fountain on East Passyunk, at 11th and Tasker Streets, the former home of Chiarella’s.

The Rival Bros. Coffee Bar will have a similar vibe to Rival’s 24th and Lombard location and the menu will be the same, including a rotating selection of breads and pastries from High Street on Market.

Rival Bros. Coffee Bar – East Passyunk [Foobooz] 

Get Ready for Flavors of the Avenue

flavors avenue passyunk 940Today is the last day for discounted tickets to East Passyunk’s Flavors of the Avenue event. This year, the annual eating and drinking festival is set for Sunday, April 24th and will feature 25 East Passyunk Avenue restaurants serving up bites. Tickets to the event are $75 per person, $70 today.

Saté Kampar and Perla are among the new restaurants participating in the Flavors of the Avenue. Also new this year, Passyunk Avenue restaurants will be serving specially-priced Flavors cocktails on Friday, through Sunday of Flavors weekend.

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Plenty Café Introduces Late Night Happy Hour

The Cusco Sandwich at Plenty Cafe

The Cusco Sandwich at Plenty Cafe

Every Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., Plenty Café of East Passyunk is having a late night happy hour. Here are the specials they’re offering:

  • $2 off N’duja, ricotta, and spanish tortilla toasts
  • $2 off kimci deviled eggs
  • 25% off all drafts and 10% off all cocktails.

There are also some new additions to the menu at the East Passyunk and Center City Plenty Cafe locations, including Spanish shrimp and a veggie skillet, as well as their take on the Peruvian lomo saltado, the Cusco Sandwich (pictured), with local farm-raised smoked brisket marinated in a blend of garlic and soy. The Cusco is topped with a mixture of sautéed peppers and onions, arugula, sliced tomato, and their house aji aioli. Plenty’s Michael Harding is willing to put the Cusco up against any beef sandwich in the city.

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Nick Elmi Is Opening a Bar

Photo by Claudia Gavin

Photo by Claudia Gavin

Last May Nick Elmi went to work on securing a liquor license and expanding into the former coffee shop that is next door to his Laurel. The initial plan was to add some seating and install a bar. But here we are more than seven months later and that hasn’t happened.

So when we caught up with Elmi at Philly Cooks, we asked him what was up. Elmi, whose Laurel has been named the top restaurant in the city for the past two years, has decided not to mess up the good thing he has going at Laurel. So Laurel remains BYOB though he does now offer a $60 wine pairing for those interested.

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Saté Kampar Brings Malaysian to East Passyunk

Ayam Kurma at Sate Kampar on Passyunk Avenue

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 Restaurant Week Highlights

east passyunk restaurant week 940East 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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Which Restaurateur Is Coming to East Passyunk?

A Man's Image is becoming a restaurant | Photo via Google Maps

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]

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