Juniper Commons | Courtesy of Sbraga Dining
Juniper Commons, Kevin Sbraga’s ’80s themed restaurant at the corner of Broad and South, has debuted its new menu for spring, and it boasts big changes. The overhaul may have come in response to a series of lukewarm reviews from critics who called the restaurant’s food good but aggressively normal to the point of almost being boring.
Gone are the days of the rotating weekly rotisserie menu. In fact, the whole menu has been streamlined.
Some of the new dishes include garlic shrimp, eggplant fritters, lavender fried chicken, blackened salmon, broiled scallops, a soft shell crab sandwich, Wagyu flank steak and an $80 32-oz rib eye. In fact, the only entree that seems to have made the transfer from the old menu to the new one is the Surf and Turf, and even on that the lobster has been replaced by king crab.
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It wasn’t too long ago that Citron and Rose lost their big guns: Michael Solomonov, Steven Cook and Yehuda Sichel, the chef that pulled off a 3-star menu while keeping to a business plan that seemed so… specific.
But after unveiling a successful lunch menu, then a brunch menu, and then a sold out Winemaker dinner, it looks as though Citron & Rose is thriving on adversity. Now, with their new chef, Karen Nicolas, they have a new dinner menu as well, and on it, something called “Pickled and Roasted” which involves tongues and bone marrow and some other stuff. Seriously, I’m booking a reservation right now just because of it.
Check out the full new menu after the jump. It looks fun and exciting, and just as delectably, weirdly Jewish as it ever was before.
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The Saint James in Ardmore has been plagued by a number of poor reviews since it opened just a few months ago. Critics complained about weak service and even weaker food, to which owners Michael Schulson and Rob Wasserman responded by purging some of the opening staff (including chef Matt Moon) and reworking little things like Happy Hour menus.
But now the St. James has made a big menu change. A few weeks ago, they rolled out a new board which is much more limited than the opening menu, with the daily specials and flat breads sections cut entirely along with a number of smaller revisions. Having eaten there several times over the past few months, I saw a significant uptick in the quality of the food when I dropped by on a quiet Thursday night (less than a third of the tables were filled at 7 p.m.) after the recent change. There’s a solid raw bar, bowls of mussels, a pork belly sandwich and sides of English pea risotto and brussels sprouts with bacon. I enjoyed a simple cheeseburger that was not overdone and served on a soggy bun like the others that I had failed to enjoy on previous visits. And now, with this tighter, more focused menu, the St. James may even start producing food good enough to make folks forget about the terrible reviews handed down by both Craig LaBan and Foobooz’s Trey Popp and get some customers back through the doors.
You can check out the St. James’s new menu here.
Saint Or Sinner? [Trey Popp’s Review]
St. James [Official]
The menus at Bar Ferdinand have been in a state of flux ever since itinerant chef David Ansill came back from an ill-fated voyage to Jamaica to take over kitchen operations at the NoLibs tapas joint. There have been plenty of tasting menus put up by the back-of-the-house crew, but now it looks like Ansill has put his stamp on a final version of the regular board as well.
As things stand right now, the menu offers a wealth of small plates, plus family-style share plates (like wood-fired whole-roasted fish and Valencian paella) and a nightly tasting menu designed by Ansil that will go for just $45.
Want to get a peek at the new menu? Check it out after the jump.
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Vintage Wine Bar is getting some new updates in the form of a revamped menu. This menu heads in a decidedly stronger French direction. Think classic French dishes like Croque Monsieur and Pot au Feu, a deliciously rich short rib beef stew. Even the burger is très francaise, topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, cornichon aioli, bibb lettuce and pickled onions. If you recall, back in September Vintage held an event where diners would help choose the burger, tasting a trio of sliders and voting for their favorites, and this baby proved to be the winner.
Vintage [Official Site]
Chef Kristian Leizzi has created a new menu for his Saturday and Sunday brunch at Kris from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu is full of Leizzi’s take on brunch classics like a pecan crusted brioche French toast and made to order frittatas as well as a modern version of classic Italian Giambotta (pictured above). The Giambotta stew is one of the many hearty vegetarian options along the brunch menu, which carnivores can add some meat into for a little extra.
Check out the full menu after the jump.
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Kevin Sbraga has planned some creative and festive tasting menus for his Chef’s Counter. Monday through Thursday the counter holds one seating a night for up to six people. The six courses are $75 with a $50 beverage pairing. From now until mid January Sbraga’s counter will be full of holiday themed dishes, including a Halloween Harvest, a Sbraga Thanksgiving with a take on Turduken and “leftovers,” and special dinners for Hanukkah, Christmas, and Three Kings Day.
Next on the menu after the current Back to School lineup is a healthy all-vegetarian menu including “Faux Carrot Pho” and cauliflower “steak.” The Veggies Only menu runs from October 1 to the 11. Check out the full menu along with the full Chef’s Counter schedule after the jump. Read more »
Just in time for the start of the arts season, R2L is debuting their pre-theater dinner menu. For $45 guests will receive a three-course menu and seatings are available between 5 to 6:30 p.m. Guests can even choose to eat the first two meals before their show and return afterwards for dessert.
Any subscriber or member of BalletX, the Chamber Orchestra, Curtis Institute, the Kimmel Center, the Opera Company, Walnut Street Theatre, or the Wilma will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with dinner.
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David and Judi Einhorn’s Seafood Unlimited is back in action as of late August after a summer hiatus and a major makeover. After 24 years of owning the Philly mainstay on Rittenhouse Square the Einhorns have worked to double the space at the bar, add seating, redecorate, create a completely new menu, and add later hours. Seafood Unlimited now holds 36 guests in the dining area and ten at the bar, and an expanded mosaic mural graces the walls. They’ve also exchanged their previous logo for this much creepier one:
Full menu and details on the tap list after the jump.
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