Philadelphia Sake Fest is all about the sake, but food vendors are invited as well. The food is always gone in an hour. This year was no exception so we made it a point to eat before we drank.
First we hit up Le Champignon De Tokio. This is a quirky little restaurant in Old City that serves Japanese, Thai, and French cuisine. The Japanese is the best and sometimes I think that the restaurant needs to focus on one type of cuisine. I managed to taste a few different types from their sushi selection:
The rice was almost perfect–some would say it was all-the-way perfect but I like my rice a little moister than normal, and this rice was a tad dry for my taste. The salmon was delicious–lots of flavor and very fresh. A great start to the evening.
Margaret Kuo’s, a very successful Asian food restaurant on the Main Line, had a chef making gyoza and fried rice on the spot.
This guy was fast:
The gyoza was so uniquely flavored and nicely heavy on the ginger. The fried rice with wild mushrooms also contributed a strong flavor to the dish. The sweet ginger and smoky mushroom flavors complimented each other well.
Peace A Pizza makes decent pizza–the sauce is a little too sweet but I love the toppings. What were they doing at Sake Fest, though?
Peace A Pizza was the only vendor that had food left at the end of the event and people were lined up to get it.
Morimoto was serving their tuna pizza on a tortilla with anchovy sauce and jalapeno pepper. So fresh. So clean. So tasty. So pink and green.
I checked back at Le Champignon at 7:00 and the sushi was already gone:
Maido was giving out some tasty Japanese snacks. Perfect with sake.
Then there were the Morimoto macarons. I’ve already professed my love (click here).
The overall food selection was decent and enjoyable, but I’d like to see more cohesiveness between what is being served and more of a connection between the food and the sake next year.