Had a very nice dinner at Marigold on friday. The room is pretty nice with a fireplace, doesnt have a ton of character but I would say its a nicer environment than a place like Matyson. One thing of note is that the menu has changed slightly from what they have online. In particular I was disappointed to find the sweetbread/gnocci appetizer off of the menu. I shared two appetizers with my friend one was the beef carpaccio which was executed well, if a little on the uninspired side. The risotto meanwhile was superb, its such a treat to come in from the cold and have some good comforting food like this. It was slightly different than the one on the website but its a cant miss.
For my main I had the braised veal cheeks, they came with a soft polenta and swiss chard. The cheeks are really a sure fire hit. So tender and full of flavor. Three nice size veal medallions very reasonably priced at $17. Im a huge huge polenta fan but was slightly disappointed with the polenta that accompanied the veal. It wasnt bad but a little bland and cream of wheaty texture-wise, if that makes sense. Swiss chard was good. My friend who had the grouper with celery root enjoyed it though i was unable to get a taste.
We skipped dessert but I will have to return for the bread pudding with malted milk ice cream which looked delicious. Wait staff was adequate, unobtrusive but competent. Really a great addition to the neighborhood and a welcome relief from the standard Sansom street locales that plague the upenn dining scene!