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Pif Review

benito417 | Oct 14, 2004 03:53 PM

Finally was able to make it to Pif last Friday for a much anticipated dinner. After hearing much about this BYOB gem my girlfriend and ventured down into south philly and meandered through the Vietnamese Bahn Mi stores and doctors offices, needless to say the restaurant was not hard to spot, kinda sticks out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood, in an endearing way. We were received at the door graciously and seated right away though we were early for our reservation of 8:45. The room was certainly not full, probably around 2/3rd capacity which was suprising because I had initially tried to make an earlier reservation but was told they were full.

We were seated at a table in the middle of the room near the counter. The tables on the sides are definitely better for two people as they are more spacious but this suited us fine. We were served two types of bread only after we requested it which suprised me but both were very good. We started with the Escargot appetizer which lived up to its reputation on this board. It also came with a head roasted garlic which was quite tasty in conjunction with the bread.

For main courses I had the duck confit which was served with sour kraut which had bacon in it and red bliss potatoes. It was executed very well, not a huge portion but definitely sufficient. The duck was succulent and the skin was perfectly crisp. The kraut was good as well and was helped by the bacon which added a much needed contrast in taste. My girlfriend ordered the frog legs which were very disappointing. I found the legs to be less tender and meaty then frog legs I have had in the past. However my real quip was with their presentation, there really was none. The legs came in a big pile, and they looked like that had just been haphazardly lumped onto the plate. They also came with a side of rice which though decent was uninteresting and didnt compliment the dish well.

Dessert was excellent. We shared a chocolate flourless torte of sorts which came with a raspberry sauce and whipped cream that was extremely good. All in all the bill came to about $60 plus tip. I would definitely return to pif again in the future; the service was solid, most of the meal executed well, but I would steer clear of the frog legs.

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