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my trip to philly's restaurants

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my trip to philly's restaurants

mike frank | Aug 29, 2002 08:49 PM

although i never met any chowhounds in my stay in philly from aug 1-15th i would like to thank herblau for almost getting me to studiokitchen for dinner(plumbing problems cancelled out dinner.)I would like to give a brief review of the restaurants i did try and comments on the dishes i tasted.1)moromoto-had the tuna tartare for $24 and sashimi sampler for same price.Both dishes were good and would have been great value at $12 each.I could not understand from restaurant perspective why chefs choice couldnt be told to customer (like a daily special is at other restaurants)by the waitstaff before the armtwist to commit to $4o,$60 lunch.If i'm going to spend that much i would like to know what chef will be preparing,so for same $50 i had those two appetizers.A little bit of snobbish attitude from staff who are more impressed with the place than i was,but i've worked in restaurants my whole life.2)Trust-I had 4 tapas at the bar as i watched as others at lunch seemed to gravitate toward burgers and salads.I enjoyed the $5 tapas of lamb loin and stuffed squid the most and would recommend them.Had the $3 tapas of white sardine and roasted red pepper which is traditional in spain.Unfortunately the roasted red pepper was missing and i had to remind bartender of that fact(which means cook spaces out on it,expediter missed it,food runner didnt have a clue to catch the mistake,and mew barmaid didnt know menu either.Come on guys,only 2 items to the dish!Last tapas was grilled octopus which was a little tough(had this problem at dmitris as well)My overall experience was the food was better than i thought it would be after reading craig leban's review,although service can use tightening up.I would recommend 3 of the 4 tapas i had,and for $13 you would have a nice lunch.3)pod. I had sushi from keiten sushi conveyor belt.Surprised how limited sushi selection was.If you ignore waitstaff's suggestions on how to bump up the check average by having bottled water and $20 specials and concentrate on the $2-5 sushi plates on conveyor belt you can have a dinner for $20 (5 $2 items,2 $4 items plus tax) and tip.My suggestion is to count the plates you have stacked on top of one another as you finish when waiter comes to clear and tell him your count of different colored plates so he does try to tag you for an additional plate you did not have as was the case with me.Trendoid ambiance didnt ruin my meal.4)dmitris-a bit taken aback by hostess acting like soup nazi in saying i cant sit at a deuce because i am only a single and must sit at counter when i was there at 530 and place only had another couplke at the time.Grilled octopus was a disappointment as it was chewy.I suggested to the 3 thai cooks that restaurant should serve the hot and sweet sauce the thais serve in thailand with grilled octopus.Definitely woould have improved the taste.My sauteed squid however was outstanding.Lightly breaded ,it was succulent.No great need to go back for their rice pudding,horn and hardarts did a better one which had raisins.Overall impression was that chowhounds tooted dmitris horn too loud.5)samson st oyster house-happy hour cherrystones of 6 for $2.50 were a steal-very fresh.The long island oysters 6 for $5 happy hour were not as tasty.Oyster stew was rich,but i preferred their new england clam chowder.6)monks tavern?(16th and spruce) enjoyed the reasonably priced 1/2 bucket of mussels (they promised 24,but i got 30)I ordered bruges style.They could of used more garlic in it.People next to me swore that roquefort cheeseburger shoud be ordered next time i go.

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