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Best Thing We Ate: Sbraga Anniversary Tasting Menu

By Danya Henninger
October 29, 2013
Photo by: Danya Henninger

This month, as he busily prepares to open sophomore venture The Fat Ham, Kevin Sbraga celebrated the two-year anniversary of his first restaurant with a special “best of” tasting menu. We had the opportunity to stop in for a seat at the counter along the open kitchen and enjoy the seven-course feast. As we made our way through the dishes, it was easy to see why these are some of Sbraga’s most popular plates ever. Click through to follow along; the dinner runs $75 per person and is being served through Thursday, October 31 (215-735-1913).

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    Like all dinners at Sbraga, the meal begins with a huge, flaky popover flavored with truffle and served steaming hot from the oven.

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    The amuse bouche is billed as “Celery Royal.” It’s a savory flan that’s bursting with green, celery flavor. Pickled red onion and a compressed celery stalk on top add tang and crunch.

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    Eggplant terrine with goat cheese and black garlic tapenade is good enough that even an avowed eggplant-disliker (like our dining partner) will scrape the plate. Pickled cherry tomatoes and raw jalapeños provide textural contrast and spice.

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    Next is what may be Sbraga’s most famous dish, the foie gras soup. It lives up to the hype, a rich, sweet-and-savory concoction strewn with rose petals and pumpernickel croutons.

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    Fish ‘n’ chips is actually fish ‘n’ chip, singular, but within that upgraded fishstick and extra-crisp fry is an impressive amount of flavor. Curry remoulade adds an international twist on the Southern fave.

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    Sous chef Greg Garbacz prepares the fourth course, housemade squid ink bucatini with a poached egg that bursts when you prick it and swirls with leaves of sage into a rich sauce for the pasta.

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    Thankfully, portion size is just right, and you still have room to enjoy the lamb belly when it arrives. The most umami-rich dish of the night, layers of meat and melting fat are brightened when dragged through broccoli purée.

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    The evening ends with “tiramisu,” in this case shards of burnt sugar atop mascarpone ice cream and coffee granita. Better than the original.

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    Don’t refuse a pot of the custom French-press coffee before you slide off your comfortable stool and make your way home to bed, dreams of Sbraga dancing in your head.

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Sbraga

American • Rittenhouse Square

Food25 Decor22 Service23 Cost$81
 
 
 
 
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