Multi-course tasting menus are the chicest trend in fine dining in Philadelphia, and plenty of restaurants are serving fine examples of this. If you find yourself visiting the city, take some time out of your trip to indulge in one of these luxurious dining experiences.
1. The Morimoto Omakase + Sake Omakase
723 Chestnut Street,
Owned and operated by the eponymous chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame, Morimoto is one of Philadelphia’s finest dining experiences. Visitors to Philadelphia are encouraged to order the Morimoto omakase, a chef’s choice multi-course tasting menu. Put yourself in chef Morimoto’s capable hands and allow him to guide you through a richly exquisite meal. For the best experience, indulge in the accompanying sake omakase, which pairs hand-selected and signature sakes with each course of the menu.
Price: The Morimoto omakase starts at $120 per person; add $85 per person for the sake omakase.
2. The Vetri Tasting Menu
1312 Spruce Street
Diners at Vetri, one of the finest Italian restaurants in Philadelphia and the world have only one option: the Vetri tasting menu. This shouldn’t be a problem: critically acclaimed chef Marc Vetri crafts a personalized six-course tasting menu for each customer, depending on conversations between the customer and staff during hors d’oeuvres. Some of chef Vetri’s most popular dishes include salt-baked quail, spinach gnocchi with brown butter, and lobster fusilli with saffron. Because of chef Vetri’s custom approach, the restaurant accommodates all dietary restrictions.
Price: $155 per person, but only if you don’t want to try anything from Vetri’s 2,500-bottle wine cellar. How could you say no to that?
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3. Performance Tasting
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
At chef Jose Garces’ Volvér, dining is a ticketed affair. To quote Garces, “Dining with us is a carefully calibrated experience” – hence the need to purchase tickets ahead of time. The planning is well worth it: at Volvér the menu is dubbed a “performance tasting” because parties seated in the restaurant’s intimate dining room can watch Garces and his staff prepare every plate in the open kitchen.
There is a fine theatrical flair to Volvér, but the food is what matters most. Garces’ menu is clever, turning old dining concepts on their heads. A dish called “milk and cereal” is no bowl of Frosted Flakes, but a sumptuous concoction of rice flakes, quail egg, bacon, chicken oyster, truffle, thyme marshmallows, and white asparagus milk, and the popcorn comes carnitas-style, with smoked buttermilk cajeta.
Price: $150 per person, with a two-ticket minimum. Wine pairings are $95.