Can Sylva Senat Save The Saint James?
Sylva Senat, late of Tashan and previously a chef at several Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurants, has found his new gig, and happily for us, he’ll be staying in Philadelphia. The Insider reports that Senat is taking the helm at The Saint James, the Ardmore American bistro run by Michael Schulson and Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500º).
Schulson is a great cook, but he’s got several restaurants to run, including Sampan in Midtown Village and Izakaya at Borgata in Atlantic City, so he can’t always be on the Main Line. The Saint James has a great location, right next to the regional rail station, and a nice layout, but has been the victim of a series of bad reviews by respected critics. (When we dined there, Schulson himself was in the kitchen, so our experience may not have been average.)
Senat brings experience and finesse to the suburban kitchen, and will eventually add his own touches to the menu, definitely something to look forward to. We’ll keep you posted.