I had dinner at Bliss last night. While I ate at the restaurant that previously occupied the space (Noodle Heaven) a couple of times more than ten years ago, I can't say that I recall the decor. In any event, it looks like Bliss did a complete renovation.
My party was seated in the first floor space that is dominated by three large illuminated photos of water. The first floor shares space with the bar and the kitchen that is visible from a window facing Broad Street.
At 6:30 p.m., the dining room was filled with a mix of what appeared to be Center City residents and suburbanites catching a pre-theater meal. By 8 p.m., the restaurant was half empty, as the theater goers departed en masse.
Our server was attentive to our needs and well informed in describing a couple of specials and in answering our questions about the menu. The few minor glitches (a plate was sent to the wrong table and another was placed in front of the wrong diner) are easily excused by the fact that the restaurant has been open for less than a week.
For starters, we had a thick, creamy, roasted red pepper soup that was redolent with the taste of a shrimp dumpling. It was the perfect antidote to the unfortunate autumn chill that blew through the room when the door was opened. Next, I had a crispy red snapper that was fresh and cooked to perfection. One of my guests had a ginger chicken that was likewise tasty and juicy. Another entree of chilli shrimp brought 5 or 6 nice size prawns. While the dish was a bit too spicey for my taste, my dinner companion enjoyed it. Mushroom encrusted salmon brought a large piece of fatty fish that was accompanied by rissoto. For dessert we shared a semi-frozen mocha mousse.
Entrees averaged about $25. The tab for five people (including a few glasses of an excellent Pinot Noir) came to $190, not including the tip.