In this week's South Philly Review resident restaurant critic Phyllis Stein-Novack is on a pizza quest in Fairmount. But when she discovers that the only slice options in the area are take out (Pizzeria Vetri excluded) she settles on Mediterranean BYO Figs (2501 Meredith St.).
With trusty dining companion/husband Edward and a bottle of wine in tow, PSN began the meal with warm bread (always a plus) and white bean hummus.
Appetizers were an enjoyable eggplant dish and an appealing to the eye sashimi. Sashimi at a Mediterranean joint? Go figure. PSN was plenty happy with the thin slices of tuna served with "squiggles of creamy wasabi" and chopsticks.
Entrees-wise a filet of sole stuffed with with crab meat was "fine" but the crispy duck breast didn't fare quite as well. "Boneless breast of duck is a favorite of mine. Unfortunately, it was neither crisp or medium rare." On the plus side the fig and apple cider sauce and fruit bread pudding that accompanied the duck won points despite PSN's aversion to fruit in savory dishes, "I am not too fond of fruit in savory dishes, but the use of the in-season, fresh and sweet figs helped make the bread pudding shine."
Dinner concluded with Moroccan sweet mint tea, poured table side, pistachio ice cream and a warm peach cobbler.
All in all, Figs was "fine" according to PSN, earning a solid three tips of the toque.
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