Best Thing We Ate

Best Thing We Ate: Sbraga Anniversary Tasting Menu

By Danya Henninger | October 29, 2013 By Danya Henninger  |  October 29, 2013
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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.

Places Mentioned

Sbraga

AmericanRittenhouse Square
Food25 Decor22 Service23 Cost$81

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