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Pumpkin...completely delightful

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Pumpkin...completely delightful

wendyphilly | Nov 1, 2004 10:10 AM

I dined at Pumpkin Saturday night with my husband and another couple. Our meal was nothing short of perfect. Appetizers are priced between $8-10 and entrees are between $17-22. The menu changes each day. For starters, we had grilled raddichio filled with melted fontina cheese that was incredible. The combination of the smooth creamy cheese with the bitter raddichio was perfect. We also had a salad topped with stilton blue and fresh apple slices. The contrast of the cheese and apples was great. For entrees, we had the whole grilled bronzino filled with fresh thyme, lemon and salt and topped with grilled asparagus and an olive tapenade. The dish was simple, but the flavors blended perfectly. The fish could not be fresher. My husband had the veal cheeks (which were incredibly tender and flavorful) which was served aside a creamy polenta and sauteed tomatoes and spinach served with a bit of au jus. The dish was rich. The other entree that the table order was a grilled pork served over lentils de puy with bacon. It was apparently so good that no one else at the table was allowed to try it. The service was attentive. For a new restaurant, I was amazed at how perfectly the restaurant operated. I also think that we were lucky to have the best table in the house - the one that seats 4 with a nice sofa to seat 2 people. It is in a bit of an alcove with a bit of privacy. Overall, I would highly recommend Pumpkin and would rank it as high as Django and Matyson. The food is different, and the menu is a refreshing change from what one would normally find on a menu.

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