Bistro 7

29 08 2008

A couple of weeks ago, husband and I ate at Bistro 7 in Old City, Philadelphia.  This was, hands down, one of the best meals I have ever had aside from Cyrus in Sonoma.  Every single dish was perfection.  The small BYO was cozy and at times, a little noisy.  The open kitchen and the two chefs working side-by-side all night were captivating.  We stayed for a good 3 hours to eat through our carefully prepared meal of local produce and fresh meats.  Our meal consisted of:

Green Vegetable Gazpacho with Lemon Cured Salmon, Crème Fraîche and Pickled Vegetables.  This was so perfect.  The salmon was tender and moist.  The gazpacho was crisp and clean with a hint of every herb you could imagine.

Wild Burgundy Escargot stewed in Fennel Pernod Cream with Tiny Sourdough Croutons (Husband tried escargot for the first time and enjoyed. I declined.)

Olive-Oil Poached Rabbit Rillette with Avocado and Pickled Baby Carrots.  This dish was so inventive.  Little did we know that a small jar of rillette would be so filling.  I was daring, and tried the jelled dish of game, but it neither tasted like jelly or game, so it was a win-win for me.

Herb Roasted Striped Bass Filet over Saffron-Scented Mussels Stew with baby arugula, Israeli couscous, yellow pear tomatoes and basil aioli.  I was thrilled to have such a light dish for my main course because by now I was getting a bit full.  I did manage to finish almost everything, as Israeli couscous is one of my favorite grains, and this time it was prepared to just the right consistency.

Crispy, Slow-Roasted Pork Belly Glazed with Honey, Lavender and Peach Gastrique with roasted peaches, French green lentil pilaf and mâche greens.  If husband hadn’t ordered this, I would have.  The honey and lavender combo is always a hit, and the salty and crusty pork belly was such a great contrast.

Vanilla Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Lemon Jelly and Summer Berry Terrine.  To be honest, I couldn’t manage more than a spoonful of dessert, but I have to say that the Berry Terrine was simply amazing and tasted like it had been prepared with freshly-picked berries from a secret bush in the back of the restaurant.

Bistro 7 is a restaurant that I will make countless excuses to return to.



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30 08 2008


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