Friday, May 16, 2008

Great Small Plates at Ansill in Philadelphia, PA

We went to Ansill with Giao's friend, B, on B's recommendation. It turned out to be a really great find with some interesting dishes. The decor was modern, yet warm and homey. The staff were friendly and casual. The food was, on the whole, very good.

Three Types of Bread with Salty Butter
They get points for the tasty chunks of salt in the butter that added flavor and a nice crunch.

Bone Marrow on Grilled Bread with Parsley and Capers $6
Earthy and simple.

Charcuterie $18
This platter (above) was served with a variety of condiments (below), which were tasty in their own right.

Steak Tartare $12
A plentiful portion but a fairly standard preparation.

House Cured Salmon with Greek Yogurt and Dill $9
Good, but not special.

Papardelle with Escargot $10
Tender and flavorful.

Fish with Salad $15
I don't remember what fish this was, but it was tender and not too fishy. It matched the somewhat tart salad well.

Crispy Lamb's Tongue with Chickpeas $9
This was probably the highlight of the night. The texture contrast of the crisp exterior giving way to the very tender meat below was awesome and the meat was far from gamey.

Braised Baby Artichokes $6
Sweet and very evocative of spring.

Food: 2
Decor: 2
Service: 1

627 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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