[E]very intricate touch amplified the central themes, rather than distracting. Foie gras mousse enriched a bar of rabbit rillettes accented by wine-poached figs. Citrus-caramelized Belgian endive and licorice called out Sichuan spice on the duck. An entire hen of the woods, meanwhile, was cooked to two striking textures – buttery-crisp across a pan-roasted face of flattened fronds scented with sumac and rose hips, lusciously fleshy and moist at its heart, beneath which a Madeira caramel and smoked ricotta smear amplified its earthy savor.
The forces of Rittenhouse Row, Kevin Sbraga, and DanielleDelRe,of Starr Restaurants, have come together to create an event that will be one to remember. From August 4th to the 7th, the restaurants of Rittenhouse Row will prepare meals unlike the ones on the traditional menus and give you a dining experience that is one of a kind. As of right now, 18 members will participate in the Rittenhouse Row Culinary Collective, but the list is growing.
Man, it has just been a bad week for restaurant news.
Anyway, the crew over at Zagat broke the story a couple days ago (including the news that Coll is moving on to some totally hush-hush new project tht she can’t even talk about yet), and now it looks like Meritage is going to be re-opening tomorrow night for dinner with a newly re-modeled kitchen and sous chef Adam Ratmoko getting to wear the big hat as exec.
You can check out the full Zagat story below. But here’s hoping that, like celebrity deaths, bad chef news doesn’t come in threes…
The Philadelphia Flower Show is in town from March 1-9, and Meritage is getting in on the action with a new, flower-based tasting menu that’ll be running from Saturday to Saturday, March 1 through March 8.
Chive blossoms, pansies, lavender, apples, elderflower and squash blossoms, all going in your food-hole. And all for just $39 per person which, if you checked out this morning’s post on the prices of prix fixe menus around the city, you’ll understand is a killer bargain.
Happy Chinese New Year, everyone. And welcome to the Year of the Horse. Despite the snow, the ice, the cold and everything else, we’ve got three Philly restaurants running Year of the Horse tasting menus this week–Sampan, Matyson and Meritage. Check out the details after the jump.
Just in time to help you recover from whatever holiday buying exertions you’re putting yourself through in this run-up to the holidays, Meritage is launching a game tasting menu that they’re hoping will be a draw for exhausted shoppers all across the city. It’s 5 courses, $39 per person (which is a steal), and the kitchen will be running it from Wednesday, December 11 through Saturday, December 14.
Today through Friday November, 22nd Meritage is offering a four-course duck menu for $39. Anne Coll’s menu even manages to get duck into the dessert with duck cracklings on a flourless chocolate torte.