Sampan - Philadelphia. 3/31/12, at about 10:15pm. I’m timestamping this meal because in my foodie career its gonna be one I look fondly back on.
Let me just start by saying…the pic above is of a cheesesteak. I’m not joking.
When we picked the place, I was both skeptical yet curious about how asian tapas would work out. But like everything else in this city, I end up with all of my expectations just smashed to bits. I don’t blog about food hardly…ever, so that should tell you just how memorable this meal was. This place was amazing in every sense of the word. It helped that I was dining with good friends, old and new, from the west coast and the east coast. Yet, despite the myriad of dishes and combinations we could have chosen, we all managed to come up with our menu within about 2 mins of talking. So perfect. But still, the food here…
Drinks: lemonade with blueberries and vodka (some other stuff in it too but i forget) served in a giant fishbowl with straws to share. Refreshing, and made several trips around the table in between bites. Times I’ve drank alc out of a fishbowl: 1.
Small Plates - edamame dumplings, fried duck lollipops (i know, i know, those shouldn’t exist they’re so good), and the “philly cheesesteak” above (which was the steak cooked in broth and onions to the point where the meat soaked through the crostini and created a simultaneous moist/crispy bite at the same time; that’s really the only way i can describe it)
Satay - kobe beef (duh, what else would it be)
Cold starter - crab wonton avocado tacos with sriracha (the description of this dish is self explanatory)
Seafood - soy glazed chilean sea bass w/ cauliflower, grapefruit, and apple slaw (it just all…works together. it really works)
Meat - filet mignon with soy butter, hot mustard and fries (like a fucking massive bowlful of seasoned fries, because this restaurant obv can’t just serve you normal fries)
Sides - kimchee fried rice (W/fried egg on top!), roasted broccoli
Dessert - included soft-serve flavors of ice cream which were some variation on chocolate and vanilla that they change every so often. I think one was reese’s pieces flavored. Either way, the presentation of the little ice cream cones was perfect and it was how a ridiculously extravagant meal like that should end.
Every bite was its own meal, and by the end of it no one could move. It was more than a meal though. Caught up with friends, walked around the beautiful city, and didn’t have a care in the world about monday morning, law school, work, grades …. anything really. Just that next bite.
But really I don’t have to sell people on this city. Just COME and see it for yourself. I don’t get to go out much, but when I do I’ve always had only the best , most unique experiences. When people ask me why I moved here, I don’t have a good reason. But that’s because I’m insulted at the fact that people wouldn’t want to be in this city in the first place.
Ok I realize i just started life blogging after eating this one meal. But this shit was THAT good.
The line of the night: “what she order?” “JUST FILET”