Yet another fantastic spot in Philly and another place I’ve been wanting to try for a while. The pickled mackerel dip was fabulous even though not what I was expecting with lettuce cups. The sweet potato was perhaps the favorite, although the chicken was pretty great as well. So glad I wasn’t dissuaded from this visit.
potato latke, herb sour cream, horseradish, aged cheddar
pickled mackerel dip, bibb lettuce, gribenes, beet pickled turnips
baked cheese blintz, mozzarella, Muenster, barley, roasted mushrooms
gin cured fluke, challah, whipped butter, pickled onion
sweet potato, boursin cheese smoked walnuts, pickled long hots
shakos chicken, dried apricot, parsnips, potato and swiss chard kugel
I really want to like Born & Raised. The design is fabulous and I am happy for more high end concepts to enter San Diego. Unfortunately the service was terrible on this and a previous visit and unacceptable at this price point. My first issue, not unique to this restaurant, is being asked for a credit card when ordering the bar. It was not crowded and I was clearly ordering dinner. The bartender cannot keep track of me when I did not move? I despise this practice and what feels like punishment for preferring to dine solo at the bar while doing the restaurant the favor of not occupying a 2-top. I ordered 2 dishes that would be table side preparations if not at the bar (although I am told that if you order more than one table side preparation you will only actually get one). If I am not going to get the added show, could I at least have new flatware between courses? Or actually asked if I want the dishes coursed? While the tartare was excellent, the toast was a horrible choice as far too soft to actually support anything and created a collapsing mess each time I tried. I would have enjoyed a second cocktail, but alas I couldn’t get the bartender’s attention for 25 minutes. Perhaps why they need to ask for credit cards or people would get tired of waiting and just leave.
A great introduction to Biga for dinner which was part of their wood fired series featuring guest chef Drew Bent soon to open Lola 55 in San Diego. All very good and flavorful dishes with the bonus of a surprising dessert that I loved. I look forwarding to visiting Lola 55 and have already made a return visit to Biga based on the great hospitality.
trio of tostadas
loca ceviche – pineapple, jicama, chipotle
beef tartare – papilla, avocado, leek
fried oyster – basil, tomato, serrano, lemon
beets, potatoes, wood fired octopus, smoked saffron aioli, pickled spring onion parsley
tamale of porchetta, mole manchamantes, pickled vegetables, coal roasted plantain
oak baked yams, charred marshmallow, horchata of allspice & sugarcane