FACTS: Located in Old City, Philadelphia
WHAT I ORDERED:
Dim Sum Sampler: Chicken & Ginger, Shrimp, Vegetable, Edamame Dumplings served with a citrus-soy dipping sauce
Black Pepper Beef: Wok Tossed Ribeye, Crispy Bird’s Nest
Having previously dined at Buddakan in New York, I found their Philly location to be reminiscent of a combination of TAO and Asia De Cuba (the original locations, also located in New York). But, regardless, I really liked the ambience, along with my meal.
Tonight, we decided to share a dim sum sampler as an appetizer. And, of the four different options to choose from, I’m actually hard pressed to select a favorite. However, if I had to choose from top to bottom, the order would go as follows: edamame, chicken and ginger, shrimp, then vegetable.
As for my main course, I ordered the black pepper beef. Served in a crunchy bird’s nest, this dish was extremely flavorful, generous in size, and very delicious.
In addition to the fact I’ve always enjoyed the food here, I’m particularly fond of the interior design as well. That being said, and given the lounge-like ambience, I highly recommend checking this place out for either drinks or dinner.
QUICK TIDBIT: Be sure to check out all of Stephen Starr’s restaurants: http://www.starr-restaurant.com/