Dinner @ Sampan, Philadelphia
Friends visited me in Philadelphia the weekend of the Comic Con. After a nice Saturday afternoon, we settled into Sampan on 13th street. Well, after a quick stop at Verde to pick up some chocolates made by Marcie Blaine.
We opted for the tasting menu, 7 selections and soft serve for $45/pp. It’s still 7 selections in total even if you are in a group. There will just be more food per selection. It’s a good intro to Michael Schulson’s take on asian cuisine. Every bite had an explosion of interesting and different flavors and textures except for the pad thai. I’m not saying that the pad thai was bad. It’s just ordinary compared to the other plates.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: (1) Edamame dumplings – sweet and creamy. (2) Sampan’s Philly Cheese Steak – philly flavors on a crusty slice of baguette with a bit of fire. (3) Crispy wonton taco with rock shrimp – using a wonton recipe to make the taco shell is genius. (4) Lamb satay – so tender and juicy.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: (1) Soy Glazed Chilean Sea Bass – perfectly executed. (2) Shrimp Pad Thai. (3) Soft Serve. (4) Filet Mignon – perfectly executed.