January 7, 2010 1

Fork (Philadelphia)

By in 11: Philadelphia

I was at Philly for a week during Dec. With little time to research and lack of local connection, I had to find something to eat after I landed in a cold, rainy night near my hotel at the Old City area.


I came to Fork Restaurant, a dimly lit American bistro with a seasonal, always-changing menu. A cookbook written by the owner is displayed at the entrance.


The bread is a bit hard, I can tell they would be very good when it’s fresh and warm. A side: Quinoa Salad with Fresh Mint & Local Apple 4.5. It’s fruity and refreshing tasting, but there’s something off about it (every bite I would expect a kind of apple pie flavors but turns out it’s savory…hmm). The portion is a lot bigger than I expected.


House Made Chestnut Pappardelle with Braised Duck Ragu 16. The pasta is very fresh and got great texture!  The flavor is more mellow than it looks; it’s subtle but yummy.

Not bad for a first night! I came back here for Sunday brunch.


I arrived 10 minutes before the opening time to get a table. Soon after the place is packed. The brunch menu features standard continental flair such as omelette, quiche, hamburger, steak and French toast.


I got a Hazelnut Wild Mushr oom appetizer. It reminded me of a gourmet version of egg roll. The portion is tiny as well.


I got a cookie plate ($7.5) for dessert afterward. Lemon Sable chocolate Fudge & Peanut, Raspberry Linzer, Palmier, Amaretto and Chocolate chip. They’re mini bites version of the ones you can get from their deli/bakery next door Fork, etc.

Overall I feel that this restaurant lacked a bit of character. The food is well cooked and tasty, but there’s something missing for me.

Fork Restaurant
306 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2709

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One Response to “Fork (Philadelphia)”

  1. The duck ragu looks tasty. Now I’m hungry for a midnight snack.