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Best Indian Food on the Main Line

My favorite is Ekta.

Sep 09, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Can a menu be too small?

I don't mind when I go to a place if they have a smallish menu but I do mind when they have several of the same ingredients in multiple dishes. As an example, if I'm not a fan of olives and two of the four dishes have them, it quickly decreases my options. That said, if a place becomes known for something, it strikes me that that should stay fairly static for the "occasion" diner to enjoy. But if nothing else, menus should be switched up in really good places if only to take advantage of seasonal ingredients. I mean, who would order a tomato salad in February?

Sep 09, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Just a comment/question

Sorry for not replying sooner. Money really isn't the issue. Just great food and an experience that I can "sell" to my traveling buds.

Sep 05, 2014
Misha in Las Vegas

Just a comment/question

So a question...I'm from out of town (Philly) but try to stay on top of the Vegas food scene for the occasional times I visit. Generally I go with several friends. I'd love to explore the off-strip food scene but I often hear that cabs are prohibitively expensive. And there's always something new to try on the Strip. What parts of the surrounding area are fastest to get to by cab--I'll be there in March and am staying at the Elara. And beyond LOS, which even I'm sick of hearing about, give me a couple of knockout suggestions so I can persuade my friends to make the leap. What would also be helpful are places near The Smith Center.

Aug 31, 2014
Misha in Las Vegas

R.I.P., Matt Haley, James Beard Award Winner and all-around great guy

I read the sad news last week in the Philly Inquirer. Love his places and was fortunate to see him in action at Fish On one day. He surprised one of his young staffers (who was tending bar) with a watch to commemorate his five years on the job. The kid began working for him at 16! Was a very sweet moment.

Aug 27, 2014
Misha in Mid-Atlantic

IL Pittore

Been a couple of years since I've been (too many places, too little time). I loved it and unlike others, did not find the food overly salted. That said, it was not cheap but again. If the food and service merit it (and it did for me), I'm okay with paying an extra nickel or three.

Aug 27, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Philly chef comes clean about his addictions

Thanks for sharing CP. As for the differences in applications, guess it does reflect another difference between pastry and culinary chefs. Since you MUST follow a recipe exactly in terms of measurements, precision is something you thrive on. Culinary chefs get to vamp and be much more improvisational, with ideas bouncing around like pinball machines. Kinda like scribbling in margins and having add-on thoughts.

And I also found the article to be enlightening. Hopefully it will serve as a cautionary tale for others coming into the business or considering it as a career if they already know they have addictive tendencies.

Aug 15, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia
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Bahn Mi in the Western 'burbs?

There's a Vietnamese place in Chichester (right near Aston) called Oriental Pearl. Not sure if they serve Banh Mi but their noodle dished and Bun Hue soup is really good. And don't miss their pork tacos. Awesome...and the taco part is really a steamed bun.

Aug 15, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Estia Taverna

As promised, here is my review of Estia Tavern in Radnor. First, the space is terrific. Lots of natural light, bamboo ceilings and tables that are not heaped one on the other. It made for gracious dining.
Adding to that warm and inviting feel was the service. Our waitress Loretta was a delight. She was able to answer all of our questions, gave us direction when asked and her suggestions were all on point. When you have such spot-on service, it makes everything better. If you have an opportunity to go to Estia Tavern in Radnor, ask for her. You won’t be disappointed.
Onto the meal. After enjoying the bread and hummus, the five of us ordered a handful of apps, all served family style. Among them were the mussels, octopus, cheese Sagenaki and the shrimp Sagenaki. All of them were delicious but the cheese and octopus were my favorites. The cheese has this salty, buttery goodness and the octopus was tender, with just the right amount of char.
For dinner three of us couldn’t resist ordering one of the specials—their version of surf and turf. It was part of a grilled lobster that had first been poached. The tail was split in two for easy eating and the claw meat was removed from the shell. I can’t remember when I’ve had lobster prepared so well. Moist and sweet—it was nothing like the rubbery flavorless lobster I’ve been served lately at other fine-dining establishments. Just perfection! The turf part was equally perfect. It came with two grilled lamb chops. Loretta could see our eyes light up when we ordered and told us if we wanted, we could upgrade to three lamb chops. We were in a celebratory mood and went for it. It was a lot of food (came with fried potatos—french fries but better) but not a shred of meat was left on the bone. We gave ourselves permission to “delicately” gnaw.
The outliers among us went for all lamb chops (he also got an extra one, bringing his allotment to four) and the regular Sunday special, Beef Stifendio (sp?). It was braised short ribs served with carrot mashed potatoes. The portion was huge and she graciously let us take a taste. Yum!
Accompanying our meal was a white wine whose name escapes me. Loretta recommended it—a blend of two different grapes that, while dry, was also full-bodied and complemented the food perfectly. If it helps, the word “Atlantis” was on the bottle.
Then it was off to dessert. Two of us got EkMek, a custard that was flavored with cinnamon and honey and had some pistachios in it. It was served atop a small bed of shredded phyllo. Two others got the blueberry sorbet and our other dining companion went for the lemon sorbet. I sampled the blueberry and though not a fan of blueberries in general, would go with that next time. It was a bit lighter than the EkMek and quite good.
CHers: Estia Tavern exceeded all of my expectations and having been to the one in CC, I went in anticipating a good meal. This was outstanding.

Aug 11, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Estia Taverna

I'm dining there Sunday evening. Will let you know how the food, service and noise level is in the evening. It's been a few years, but really enjoyed my dinner at Estia in Philly.

Aug 08, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Wheelchair Accessible Restos Near City Line?

Thanks a lot. Will give 'em a call.

Jul 20, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Wheelchair Accessible Restos Near City Line?

Anyone have a suggestion of a good restaurant near the Crowne Plaza on City Line Ave.? Needs to be wheelchair-accessible and, of course, NOT a chain. Friends of friend are flying in from Iowa and he's looking for something tasty. Suggestions?

Jul 19, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Where's great in Philadelphia

Was wondering...would some of our very casual Washington Ave tacquerias be of interest? Certainly not indigenous to Philly but possibly something you can't easily get in London, particularly those that are more Pueblan...

Jul 16, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Anybody been to Trattoria Giuseppe in Edgemont?

I agree. The food is straightforward but good. Only issue is the noise. I've gone for outside tables in nice weather and have really been happy.

Jul 09, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Me Again: Odd priorities: Tuesday Night, early

Depending on what time you go, I suggest Vernick. The food is great!

Jul 02, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

Yep. Both Paramour and Belrose are places I've gone to for business dinners. If we swing a larger net (say, Blue Bell, Narberth, Collegeville) would that uh, net other options?

Jun 26, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

This crowd's been to White Dog a number of times which rules it out. Never noticed a service issue but have found the food to be uneven at times. Still, a good place to have a nice meal. Thanks, B.

Jun 25, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

Thanks, UM. Will look into all three.

Jun 25, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

Just learned that rather than going into the city for a friend's bday, we need to find a great place not too far from Radnor (20 min. drive). Since we eat right around there all the time, want to rule out the usual suspects (Blackfish, Flemings, Silverspoon Cafe, Nectar). Was going to suggest Alba but naturally we're going on a Sunday evening and they're closed that day. And Becca's is closed, period.

Any ideas? I stumbled upon Maijorica but don't know if that's birthday-worthy. Is it good? Noisy? I've got a bit of time to choose a place (bday is early August) but would prefer to have things settled SAP. Oh, and we're going to be five adults.

Jun 25, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Towsend - any reviews?

What's his blog called?

Jun 19, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

In Need of Recommendations for Philadelphia Tasting Menus

How about Amada? I'm sure you can tell the waitstaff that shellfish is a no-no. It's been around for some time but there's a reason for that. I've always been pleased with my meal there.

Jun 11, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Meat-centic 21st Birthday Dinner

Definitely go with Fogo. The meat is better and equally important, the salad bar far surpasses Chima. It's outstanding!

Jun 08, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Dim Sum in Philly

Definitely my next Dim Sum destination. Shanghai works for me and I love soup dumplings.

Jun 02, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Dim Sum in Philly

Actually, we did end up at Joy Tsin Lau. Some in party (including me!) realized they'd been to Ocean Harbor and not JTL so we crossed the street and waited about 10 minutes for a seat. Everyone seemed to enjoy though I was not as wow'd. While it's part of the cart experience, find it frustrating when dishes are cold. Those included both the calamari and the greens.

Hoping that next time we go someplace where the food is more reliable and we can simply order off the menu. Or that by "next time" a great new cart place opens.

Thanks all for your input.

Jun 02, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Dim Sum in Philly

Been there at their old location and enjoyed. Any other ideas for carts?

May 30, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Dim Sum in Philly

I know we're somewhat Dim Sum-challenged in Philly these days but some friends and I are willing to take what we can get. Only one caveat: the group wants to do the 'pick from the cart' thing. What's our best bet in Chinatown these days? Or is there a better place on Washington Ave.

And we're thinking of arriving around 12:30. Is that too late to get the best of the pickings? Thanks, as always, for your help.

May 29, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia

Rome - Top Dining Spots

Taverna Truilussa in the Trastavere area. A warm and inviting place with the best food I had when I was in Rome. The pasta is wonderful. I had the Amatricana and though it's been some time, am still dreaming of it. We also had beef in Balsamic, their mozz and their proscuitto. All was amazing. The service is also top-notch.

. It's on Via del Politeama 23-25 Phone: 06 5818918

It's on Via del Politeama 23-25 Phone: 06 5818918

May 09, 2014
Misha in Italy

Philly CH to Tillamook OR

Thanks Leonardo, Clyde. Gonna check 'em out, narrow it to two and let my hosts decide which they'd prefer to go to--I'll be picking up the tab as a way of saying thank you.

Apr 21, 2014
Misha in Pacific Northwest

Philly CH to Tillamook OR

Heading to Tillamook for a three day visit. Was wondering if there's anyplace you'd recommend eating. Looking for something not uber-pricey but that (obviously) has good food in a casual setting. Preference would be seafood but I'm open. Suggestions?

Also, what's the one local beer you'd suggest I try while there. I generally favor wheat beers but am open to suggestions.

Apr 17, 2014
Misha in Pacific Northwest

Try the new place/dish, or stick with old faithful?

Birthdays and special occasions are always new--it's like a mandate. The rest of the time it depends where I am and who I'm with. I love trying the hot new places but also enjoy hitting my fave ethnic joints in Philly. At those. I rarely stray (or have just one new dish) because living in the 'burbs, don't get to them as frequently so I'm craving this or that.

Apr 14, 2014
Misha in Philadelphia