The Main Line’s Dining Options Have Gotten a Lot More Diverse

Over the past several months, dim sum has come to Havertown and Moroccan and Korean eats to Ardmore.

Photo: Morokko | Facebook

Main Line residents will find more diverse dining options this year: Since summer, three new restaurants offering Asian and North African cuisine — which can be harder to find outside of the city than in it — have opened in Philly’s northwestern suburbs.

Here’s what you need to know about these new spots filling niches on the Main Line.

Bam Bam Kitchen, Ardmore
This brand new spot from restaurateur Paul Kong is located right next to the Ardmore Music Hall at 31 East Lancaster Avenue and specializes in Korean fare: Korean fried chicken, of course, plus dishes like japchae (clear noodles with barbecued beef, mushroom, or seafood), hot pot stir fries, and Los Angeles-style galbi, or marinated beef ribs. They’ve got an impressive selection of soups and tempura-fried dishes, too. Check out the full menu here.

Kung Fu Dim Sum, Havertown
New ownership took over this Chinese spot (formerly Lucky Dragon) at 2305 Darby Road this summer and revamped it with a new look, a new name, and a new menu. In addition to Chinese-American classics like sweet and sour chicken, Kung Fu offers Thai dishes and a section devoted Cantonese dim sum. Head there for steamed buns stuffed with pork belly, shrimp shu mai, crystal dumplings, and scallion pancakes.

Marokko, Ardmore
Marokko opened at 56 East Lancaster Avenue over the summer, with Moroccan tajine — the savory, long-cooked stew named for the cone-lidded ceramic vessel in which it’s cooked — anchoring the menu. In addition to tajine featuring meat, veggies, or fish, Marokko serves a selection of kebab-grilled proteins along with appetizers and salads. The restaurant also has a sustainable pedigree, sourcing organic halal chicken and offering biodegradable paper products for takeaway orders.