February 7, 2007
Cuisine: American (New), Bistro
200 South St, Philadelphia 19147
At S 2nd St
Entree I: Pumpkin Ravioli – apple brandy cream sauce with dried cranberries and pecans ($10)
Entree II: Roast Turkey Panini – orange cranberry mayo and apple sage stuffing ($9)
Dessert: Caramel Pear Tart served with vanilla ice cream and pecan shortbread cookie ($7)
As a member of Bridget’s Rewards Club I received a $25 gift certificate for my birthday. The Astronomer and I went to lunch today to cash-in my present and to celebrate my birthday, again!
The Astronomer avoids ordering ravioli when we go out to eat because it usually means skimpy portions. Since it was lunchtime, he thought it would be a great opportunity to order his beloved stuffed pasta. The ravioli portions were indeed small (4), but the Astronomer did not mind because they were delicious. Each handmade pillow was stuffed with a creamy pumpkin and spice mixture just sweet enough to suit the Astronomer’s taste. The apple brandy cream sauce was velvety smooth; the Astronomer scraped up every last bit with his fork. He commented that the nuts added a nice crunch. I also thought the ravioli was tasty, but I was definitely in a savory mood.
My Thanksgiving-inspired panini was wonderful. The bread was toasted to a lovely crisp with grill marks present. The turkey was moist and sliced thinly. The cranberry mayo was lightly applied and thus only showed up in a few bites. From the menu’s description I was expecting a side of stuffing with my sandwich, but it turned out the stuffing was actually inside the sandwich. What a fantastic addition! The panini was served with a mesclun mix salad dressed in a vinaigrette. It was simple and good enough.
Since we were in a festive mood, we decided to order dessert. The pear tart was one of the dessert specials during our visit. The tart was served warm with ice cream on top and a drizzling of caramel. The warm and delicate tart combined with the cold ice cream and sweet caramel was luscious. The shortbread cookie added a fine crunch.