37th South 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
A couple of weeks ago, Todd and I went out to dinner at Matyson in Philadelphia. This was the first time either of us had ever been here. Matyson is a small BYOB in Philadelphia. You really need to keep your eyes open for this restaurant or you may pass it right by three times…this definitely didn’t happen to us, we found it right away. But once you find this restaurant, you will be happy you did.
I started off with the Truffled Burdock Root Ravioli–Black trumpet mushrooms, meyer lemon, parmesan.
This picture really doesn’t do this dish too much justice since it was taken with my iPhone. If you ever go to Matyson, I highly recommend that you order these truffled raviolis…you won’t be sorry.
For my entree, I ordered the Whole Grilled French Cut Bronzino, Roasted local cauliflower, spinach, golden raisins, pine nut vinaigrette.
This was awesome. The fish was cooked perfectly and I have never tasted cauliflower that tasted as good as this. If you don’t prefer to be served a whole fish with the head and all, you have the option for them to filet it for you instead of serving the whole fish on your plate. It doesn’t bother me, so I had it served head and all.
For dessert, I ordered the Apple-Cranberry Strudel with Mascarpone Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce.
All of the ice creams on the menu are made in-house. This dessert usually comes with Vanilla Ice Cream, but I wanted to try something a little different from plain old vanilla (even though that’s probably one of my favorite flavors) so I asked to have Mascarpone ice cream instead since I am also a huge fan of Mascarpone! I love restaurants that allow you to make substitutions!
Todd decided to order the Tasting Menu which was a 5-course meal for a set price. I remembered to snap photos of some of his dishes, but unfortunately I forget to for a few!
Since I missed a picture of Todd’s first course, Todd’s second course was Foie Gras & Duck Confit Dumplings–Smokey ramen broth, shaved radish, pickled pear, crispy shiitakes.
Todd’s third course was Pan Roasted Golden Tilefish with Lobster Risotto, Creamy leeks, lobster-tomato jus.
I missed a photo of his fourth course too, but I managed to remember to take a picture of his dessert…Chocolate Mousse Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and Raspberry Sauce.
As a side note, the bread was also really awesome. This restaurant does not place a basket of bread in the center of the table; instead, they carry bread around and give you a choice about which bread to have. The night we went I believe they had Sourdough and Multigrain. I chose the Multigrain and Todd chose the Sourdough. These were not wimpy slices of bread either…they were huge chunks of bread.
We both really enjoyed our experience at Matyson and would definitely return. The food was delicious and our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly!
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