My friend and I had planned on going to Chloe at 6:30 last night (Friday) but due to transportation issues we ended up arriving at the restaurant closer to 7:30. We were worried that there would be a wait but as we passed the windows we eyed a table for two that had our name on it. We took off our coats and sat down ... the place is very cozy and dimly lit, and I really liked the lighting and decorations that adorned the walls. The specials for the day were written on a chalkboard so that once they were recited to us, we could look at it in case we forgot.
After we ordered, the server brought out some bread and homemade hummus. My friend thought that it was the best hummus she ever had! I really enjoyed it as well ... the bread was also very tasty, and seeing as I love bread with a passion, I found it very hard to stop eating it!
I started with the baby spinach salad with hard boiled eggs, crispy fried onions and bacon vinaigrette. This salad was extremely good. The bacon gave the salad enough meaty kick to make a lasting impression ... it just worked really well. Simple and delicious.
My friend had the rare sushi-grade tuna steak with jasmine rice, seaweed salad and crispy wonton skins. Although I only had a bite, it was fantastic. In her own words: "This is to DIE for! It's amazing!" It really was fantastic. By and large, I've rarely ordered entrees that have ginger because the ginger usually overpowers everything else on the plate. However, in this dish it complemented the broth perfectly and gave the dish a great complexity. Oh, and I also stole her wonton skins! Yummy.
I ordered one of the specials: the flounder with lump crabmeat in lemon caper butter, with garlic spinach and mashed potatoes. This dish was phenomenal. It was a little more straightforward taste-wise than the tuna steak, but every bite made me want to wish I had two stomachs so I could order another one and devour that as well! I've had a dish similar to this at White Dog Cafe and at Summit House in Los Angeles, but this one blew both of them completely out of the water. If I had the culinary skill to make this dish I would be a very happy camper. It was perfect.
We finished with a banana-bread pudding with caramel and strawberry(?) sauce. It was very good ... the strawberry sauce was extremely intense! We cleaned the plate, which is rare because I am not really a dessert person, and neither is my friend ... we usually have a couple bites and then set desserts aside.
As we wrapped up, the owner (I believe) came up to us to see how our dinner went. I explained to her that we had tried to come down to Chloe for a while but as we were both Penn students, it was difficult to get down to Old City for dinner ... but the food was well worth the trip. When I told her I was a Chowhound, her face lit up! It was great.
Chloe is well worth the trip! Everything was handled expertly from beginning to end. I will go again soon.
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