Yesterday we had a second fabulous meal at Studio Kitchen. What a find for gourmet chows who like an adventure. We discovered it through this review in the City Paper:http://www.citypaper.net/articles/111...
The chef/owner is Shola Olunloyo who previously worked at Le Bec Fin, Deux Cheminee and Blue Angel. Shola is planning to open a restaurant later this year and is expermenting with menu/recipe design through the studio. Shola serves a private dinner one group of eight in his studio loft in west philly. He is open three nights a week. It is BYO. The cost is $50 per person (cash only) for a four course tasting menu. The menu is designed by Shola.
We arrived at 7:30 and ascended the steps (not for the handicapped) to the loft. The walls are lined with various food items from beautiful cookware, cookbooks, recipes, serving items and supplies. In the center of the studio is a beautifully set table. Shola selected some lovely classical music which was playing in the background. Our group chatted over an apertif while exploring the studio. Around 8:00 we sat and were served the first course of Scallop Tartare, Fennel-apple salad with lemon miso vinaigrette. The combination of flavors were total heaven. My husband (who doesn't even like scallops)loved it.
The next course was an organic spinach salad with goat cheese, applewood smoked bacon in an herb vinaigrette. One of our party declared this the best salad he had ever eaten. The third course was a roast lamb loin with butternut squash, peach chutney and basil vinaigrette. Again the combination of flavors was incredible. I can honestly say that I have not had a better main course anywhere including some top restaurants in France.
For dessert Shola served a chocolate souffle with buttermilk sorbet and espresso sauce.
We then had coffee and our dessert wine.
One delightful aspect of the experience is watching Shola assemble our courses in front of us. Shola is an interesting person who obviously loves food and enjoys talking about the preparation. The number for studio kitchen is 215 662-1074 and the email is firstname.lastname@example.org.