New Event: MPMNSC @ Ansill

From: Betty R.
Sent on: Sunday, May 27, 2007 8:47 AM
Announcing a new event for Metro Philly Monday Night Supper Club!

What: MPMNSC @ Ansill

When: Monday, June 18, 7:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: "David Ansill, owner-chef of Pif, using his French roots as building blocks, offers innovative Eclectic cuisine in this restaurant on the site of the defunct Judy?s. In its pleasant atmosphere, you can sip wine from the well-priced list, and enjoy any number of small plates---as a snack or a full meal. Ansill is extremely innovative, and he has a passion for organ meats, so expect lamb?s tongue or venison tartare---all served attractively. Fear not, there are many choices for the faint of heart as well."

"Small plates are the hottest new dining trend, and Philly has finally caught on. Ansill's cuisine is liberally classified as "European tapas," which translates to little plates that range from a fan of five pristine slices of hamachi cevice to fluffy scrambled duck eggs to crostini topped with bone marrow. Ansill's food and atmosphere provide reassurance that serving small plates is not all about scene and trendiness. The space is elegant and interesting -- with cone-shaped light fixtures dangling and walls painted in warm colors of muted orange and creamy green -- but nothing is overly embellished. A beautiful dark wood bar runs almost the full length of the front room, serving up boutique beers, signature cocktails, and wine by the glass, bottle or carafe.

Chef David Ansill, also owner of the tiny French BYOB Pif, separates his namesake restaurant's menu into six simple sections, and there's something, if not everything, intriguing in each. An ideal snack or light dinner can be made with a carafe of house wine and a few selections of cheese or some crostini. Langostinos with truffle vinaigrette come three to an order, with little forks to help easily extract the buttery meat from the shells. The baby octopus is a generous heap of tender and tasty tentacles, and a mini-terrine of chicken and pork is smoky and satisfying. Ansill elevates vegetables that are normally relegated to garnishes into stand-alone dishes?like grilled scallions with romesco sauce and fingerling potatoes roasted with bacon and onion. The friendly wait staff recommend 2 to 3 tapas per diner?so go with people who like to share." -- Sara Levine


Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, European

Neighborhood: Queen Village

Cross Street: Bainbridge

Price: $30 and under


Phone: (215)[masked]

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am

Executive Chef: Kibett Mengech

Dress Code: Casual Dress

Offers: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Parking: Street Parking

Parking Details: Ample street parking available, as well as multiple public lots within two blocks.

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