Restaurants & Bars Pennsylvania


Beulah | | Feb 21, 2009 09:02 AM

We ate at Chifa for the first time last night. We ate early, but not long after we arrived the place was packed, especially the bar. The place has been completely (and expensively) redone since it was 707, and is very attractive. The back room has a very large community table in the center and booths on both sides

We had 2 ceviches to start -- Shima Aji and Eduadorian, which had shrimp and avocado. Both were excellent. These were followed by the category "Bocatas", from which we chose the Conchitas, scallops with parsnip parmesan cream and caviar. These were absolutely delicious. The next dish, under the category "Dim Sum", was BBQ ribs, which were excellent.

We chose a noodle dish, duck wonton in peking broth with sliced muscovy duck breast. This was a very rich but very salty broth with plump duck-filled wontons and several slices of duck breast. Very tasty but too salty for us (an older couple with blood pressure problems). This was followed by the Hot Pot of glazed cod with enoki mushrooms. Again, tasty but very, very salty. The next dish was Aji Gallina, guinea hen with purple potatoes and olives. The olives were not visible but certainly lent their salt to the dish. The guinea hen was very tender and I loved the mushrooms. The final dish was stir fry Chinese broccoli, and this was overpoweringly salty, although the broccoli was perfectly cooked.

My husband had the root beer float for dessert and I had just a pot of darjeeling tea, which was served with lemon.

Service was very attentive and professional but also very very fast.

While the food was very tasty and perfectly cooked, we will hesitate to return because of the overwhelming saltiness of most of the dishes.

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