Parc – Restaurant, Bistro & Café
The Israeli restaurant, Zahav, was not the only culinary adventure we had while in Philadelphia. The first day we arrived, we walked to Rittenhouse Park and had the pleasure of dining at Parc – Restaurant, Bistro & Café on the square. As I am sure you can surmise it was a nice French restaurant adjacent to the park. The weather was absolutely glorious so we dined on their outdoor patio.
We began our lunch with a bottle of 2007 Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve. It was medium bodied with a little residual sugar that was nicely balanced by a firm acidity. The wine showed some tropical fruit and spice and paired well with our Petit Plateau, a combination of fruits de mer consisting of oysters, clams, boiled shrimp, and tuna tartare. Next, we splurged on a bottle of 2006 E. Guigal Condrieu. It was lightly golden with a floral nose and highlighted with mineral and fruit. It was a very well balanced wine and was spectacular with our spring pea soup, morels and béarnaise as well as mussels and pommes frites. A basket of freshly baked bread was an additional pleasure and is sold daily to the public.
We wrapped up our meal with an apple tarte tatin and a late harvest 2004 Kanu Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch in South Africa. The 2004 Kanu was Wine Magazine’s Chenin Blanc challenge and this bottle certainly tasted like a winner – caramel, lime and orange in a glass. This wine had a wonderful texture and finish that went on and on. Of course, we finished off the meal with a cappuccino followed by a long stroll throughout the city to walk off some of those calories. All and all it was a very pleasant culinary experience. Stay tuned for additional posts on wining and dining in Philly.
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