Mica’s Chef Wants to Take You to a Different Country Every Week

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Like we said last week before his lamb dinner, Mica’s new chef Yianni Arhontoulis is getting comfortable in his recently acquired restaurant. And he’s getting involved with all of those extra-curriculars chefs get to do when they’re not brand new business owners, like theme-y tasting dinners.

Starting this week, he’s launching a new dinner series called “From ___ With Love”. Every Wednesday and Thursday, he’ll pick a new regional cuisine to showcase — four courses for $45.  And he’s kicking off the series tomorrow, April 5th, with a little jaunt to Morocco. 

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Mica Has a Little Lamb

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Yianni Arhontoulis, now the proud owner of Mica in Chestnut Hill as of August 2016 (when he bought it from  its original owner, Chip Roman), is heading into his sixth month as a restaurant owner. When he reopened the restaurant, he Yianni-fied it with a new coat of paint, a new menu, and a six-course $69 tasting — all of it extremely seasonal and hyper local. But now that he’s a bit more comfortable in his new digs, he’s ready for some extracurricular events.

Like this week’s lamb dinner.

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It’s The Foobooz Fall Restaurant Round-Up

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This summer (like all summers) was a pretty slow time for restaurant openings. We had a few big names come through on their promises to switch on the lights, but for the most part, we were eating at the same places in August that we were in June.

The autumn, though? That’s when the opening-and-closing cycle really gets going again, with some of the biggest restaurateurs in the city (Michael Schulson, Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Daragh, Jose Garces and more…) all working to get their new places open before the holidays hit.

So this, then, is the list of the restaurants (either recently opened or upcoming) that have us most excited–the dining rooms we can’t wait to sit in, and the menus we can’t wait to see. It’s going to be a big season in Philly. So here’s where you’ll all be eating in the upcoming months, starting with…

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Wagyu Tasting at Mica

mica-wagyuRunning from Wednesday, May 13th through Friday, May 15th, Chestnut Hill’s Mica is presenting wagyu beef three different ways, as part of a four-course, $49 menu. The well-marbled beef is being showcased raw, and as brisket and tri-tip cuts.

Take the dinner in from Mica’s new deck, just added for the warm weather.

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Meat Week at Mica Means a Heritage Pork Tasting Menu

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For some, the beginning of spring conjures up images of blooming flowers and buzzing bees. At Foobooz, the beginning of spring means Meat Week.

Mica is celebrating Meat Week with a special Heritage Pork Tasting Menu from March 18th-20th. The meal begins with a Red Wine Cured Pork Jowl with Honey Crisp Apple, followed by Pork Belly in a Celery and Sesame Broth with Shitake Mushrooms and Udon Noodles. The next course is a Pork Loin served with Pickled Beets, Horseradish and Dill, and finally the meal will end with ginger creme brûlée topped with lemongrass sugar.

The meal is $45 a person (not including tax and gratuity). You can make reservations here.

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Tomorrow: Foie Gras Tasting at Mica

FoieGrasMica Sure, tasting menus are all well and good. And we certainly see a lot of them in and around Philadelphia. But Chip Roman and his crew at Mica in Chestnut Hill are rolling one out this Wednesday and Thursday night that is all about glorious excess–a 4-course foie gras tasting.

The dinner will run on two nights (October 8th and 9th) and will run you $45 per person (which is kinda a steal). You can make reservations here or call (267) 335-3912 to call dibs on your seat.

Oh, and we have a menu, too.

So check this out:

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Twelve Philadelphia Restaurants Make OpenTable Best Restaurants List

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Today, OpenTable revealed its Top 100 restaurants “fit for foodies” in America. The list was determined by OpenTable’s analysis of more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country. The list includes twelve restaurants from Philadelphia, the second most restaurants from one city, only Portland, Oregon had more.

The list includes a high concentration of restaurants from California, Oregon and Pennsylvania but not as many from traditional restaurant cities like Chicago (five restaurants), Los Angeles (five), New York (four) and San Francisco (one).

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Mica Is Now Open for Weekend Brunch

Photo by Samuel Markey

Photo by Samuel Markey

In 2014, getting brunch at Mica is going to be a lot easier. in 2013, Mica participated in Chestnut Hill’s Second Sunday food and shopping events but now the Germantown Avenue restaurant will be open every Saturday and Sunday for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Expect brunch standards like eggs benedict, fritattas and pancakes. For something different, check out the spaghetti carbonara with applewood smoked bacon, parmesan cheese, black pepper and topped with a fried egg.

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Three Spooky Menus for Halloween Week

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Blackfish is offering lobster for Halloween | Photo by Samuel Markey.

Chip Roman’s Blackfish and Mica as well as Ben Puchowitz’s Matyson are offering up special Halloween themed menus this week.

At Blackfish the menu is all about lobster. And if lobster doesn’t scare you, maybe the vampire squid will. No? OK, how about the price? $45 for a four-course lobster tasting dinner? Nope, ok maybe Blackfish isn’t so scary.

At Mica it’s a foie gras-centric menu. Ewww, liver. No? Not scared? Well at least the Hanibal Lector first course and bloody beet ravioli fit the season.

Matyson is going with a Franken-food theme. Puchowitz and his staff are combining unusual ingredients to make winning combinations. Eating anything named “Fnocchi” takes some bravery.

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