Wednesday, June 8, 2011
bistros in Tokyo, no lie. But most of the rest of that purported best-of was taken up by the garrisons of Stephen Starr and Marc Vetri, and honestly, who needs that?
A lot of the other staff was Latino, including our waiter. Just saying that makes me feel a little bad. I now come from a country (Japan) where racial diversity is nonexistent, so I admit to being a little surprised by how knowledgeable he was about the menu and how excellent his serving style was. It's probably because he has a Japanese wife (really). Funny how your perceptions can change so slowly and subtly. Sorry about that. I'm doing penance.
We got three starters, because they looked good and because we could. The portions were fine to support this. If you have an American-sized appetite, you could probably eat even more than we did. Note that we mostly skipped lunch, however.
I can't help thinking that if this is best Philadelphia has to offer...it's a good bistro, a nifty genre twist, and the service stands out as excellent (I'd even like to say 'world class', which is excessive but well-meant). You should be happy if you get to go here. We walked out feeling very pleasant, and would happily go back about once a month.
I suppose getting wasted on Margaux adds some excitement to the experience too.