Craig LaBan Re-Reviews Fond

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Craig LaBan decides to revisit Lee Styer’s Fond since it has moved and added a liquor license. What he finds is that the marginally bigger restaurant still delivers in big ways.

We had only one real clunker course: a thin and one-dimensional foie gras soup. The special just lacked spark – especially beside his stunning appetizer of crisply seared foie, warm and creamy over cool carrots in gingery caramel with cardamom-spiced cream cheese sauce.

That indulgence was in perfect contrast to the elegance of tuna crudo tiled over piquillo peppers with a white miso aioli, or the beautifully browned swordfish over ivory vichyssoise sauce with tart bursts of grapefruit, bitter watercress, and the salty pop of paddlefish roe. Big, gorgeous sea scallops channeled a Spanish mood over saffron paella rice with smoky chorizo. And the chicken, roasted on the carcass before being deboned and finished with duck-fat-braised Savoy cabbage, was excellent.

Three Bells – Excellent

Fond [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Fond [Official Site]

Fond Gets a Bar Menu, Applies for Outdoor Seating

Photo by Samuel Markey

Now that Fond has a liquor license and a bar, a bar menu seems like a natural. Chef Lee Styer has created a menu of bar snacks including crispy short rib rillette, mole scented lobster bisque and a grilled uni sandwich. Check out the full menu over at the Passyunk Post.

In outdoor seating news, Fond is looking to add four to five outdoor tables come Spring time. Tory Keomanivong presented the plans to the Passyunk Square Civic Association Zoning Committee, which voted 6-0 in support of the plan. There’s still City Council ahead but the first step has been cleared. Check out Philadelphia Real Estate Blog for a shot of what the seating will look like.

Fond moves one step closer to outdoor seating [Philadelphia Real Estate Blog]
Fond Adds A Bar Menu, Moves Toward Outdoor Seating [Passyunk Post]

Fond [Official Site]

Photo by Samuel Markey

Fond Readies New Location

It’s the last weekend of service at Fond’s location at 1617 E Passyunk Avenue. Next week Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki are moving just down the block to the corner of Tasker and Passyunk. The new spot will be bigger, feature a liquor license and have this cool looking bar in the front.

Fear not BYOB regulars, the new Fond will offer no-corkage BYOB Tuesday through Thursday and a reasonable corkage fee on weekends. OpenTable reservations are currently available at the new location for Thursday, December 6th.

Fond [Official Site]

Fond’s New Menu Has Us Salivating

We’re not sure anyone does a better risotto in Philadelphia than Lee Styer at Fond. And now he’s added luxurious lobster, hazelnuts and truffle to the dish. That’s when we started drooling, the rest of the menu is just as appetizing.

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Fountainhead Out, Fond Moving In

We’ve been mulling over the news about Gordon Dinerman walking away from his plans for the Fountainhead Saloon at 11th and Tasker for some time now. We knew that something had gone south with the city bureaucracy and that Dinerman had walked away from the whole project (and straight into his deal with Rob LaScala at Barra), but what we didn’t know was what was going to be happening next at 1537 South 11th Street. At least not until now.

Over at Grub Street, they’re reporting that Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki of Fond and Belle Cakery signed a lease for the space just last night and are planning on moving Fond out of its current home at 1617 East Passyunk and transporting it right around the corner. This won’t be happening until the fall, but when it does, the new Fond will be opening with more seats, a short bar and a liquor license–which will be a nice improvement.

Fountainhead Saloon Project Is Dead, Fond Moving In [GrubStreet]

And In Some Good News, Look Who’s Getting Hitched

Eater reports that Fond super-duo, Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki are getting married on Sunday, May 27th. Their restaurant will be closed from May 26th to June 6th.

We wish them the best, though selfishly we’re a bit disappointed that we won’t be getting any speck and gruyere croisants for a few weeks as Prawlucki’s Belle Cakery is also closed through June 5th. But seriously, congrats.

MarriageWire [Eater]

More on National Escargot Day

Bistrot La Minette isn’t the only area restaurant getting in on the National Escargot Day fun. On Wednesday, May 23rd Southwark will be joined by Doug “the Snailman” Dussault of Potironne Company. Doug will be on hand to talk snails while Southwark’s kitchen serves up four courses (including dessert) of snail inspired dishes. Dinner is $45 per person, $65 with wine or beer pairing. The menu will also be available on Thursday the 24th.

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East Passyunk’s Fond Has Us Salivating

Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki at Cook

Each menu Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki create at Fond seems to be better than the last, so we were quite excited when this spring menu arrived in our inbox. Among the most interesting combinations:

  • Rhubarb and foie gras
  • Frissee salad and za’atar
  • Sweetbreads and ramps

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