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Gayle Restaurant, Philadelphia


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Gayle Restaurant, Philadelphia

rwiener | Jan 25, 2006 02:45 PM

This is my first experience with this site, so I hope you'll find this info useful. My wife and I ate Saturday night at a fairly new restaurant, Gayle, on South Third Street in Philadelphia, between South and Brainbridge Sts. The chef-owner, Daniel Stern, used to be at Le Bec Fin. The Saturday night menu at the small [30-35 covers] restaurant is prix fixe - one for 3 courses and one for 5 courses. We both chose the 5-course, so we could try as many dishes as possible. Everything was either very good or excellent! The smoked salmon appetizer [home-smoked] was delicious - comparable to what we've had in France. So was the breaded risotto rolls with mushroom dumplings - innovation didn't interfere with deliciousness, as it does at some places we've tried. For main courses we had dishes built around red snapper, scallops, duck, and roast chicken, and none of them disappointed us. The 4th course was a choice of cheese, sorbet, or salad - we appreciated the salad choice and had that. Finally, our individual apple pie desserts with vanilla ice cream topped off the meal in grand style. Service was very good and friendly. I admit to being slightly acquainted with the owner, but that didn't affect our judgment about the restaurant - it's really worth a try.

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