Entree is a unique Italian BYOB Bistro in Philadelphia. The food is more Northern Italian style so if you are looking for red sauce and pasta this should not be your destination. I visited Entree on a Tuesday night with a friend and it was very busy. The space is small and you can see right into the kitchen from any seat in the house. The decor is very modern, but at the same time maintains a rustic look because of the brick walls. Entree has a terrific ambience if you don’t mind a restaurant to be a little loud. By the way there is nothing better about the Philadelphia restaurant scene than all of the BYOB’s, it allows for anybody to open a restaurant without having to invest so much for a liquor license, because of this it raises the competition among restaurants and challenges each chef and restaurant to always be exceptional. I cannot wait to comeback and visit this spot in warmer tempatures and they open their large windows where I will be able to enjoy the beautiful weather while people watching on south street.
I brought a bottle of red wine for dinner, whatever your drink of choice is will work great at Entree. I started off with the fried calamari tossed with peppadews and a balsamic vingarette reduction with a side of Sriracha aioli. This was hands down the best fried calamari I ever had, it was perfectly fried so that there was a crunchy breading that was not too greasy, while the peppadew and balsamic vingarette added a sweet refreshing pop to the calamari and if you like spicy the Srirachi aioli really adds a perfect kick to the end of this flavorful dish. My friend ordered the wedge salad that included grapes, cherry tomatoes, glazed walnuts, crispy prosciutto and Gorgonzola dressing. As a person who normally does not like Gorgonzola dressing, I can tell you this was really a delicious dish. The refreshing wedge of lettuce with sweet grapes and the salty prosciutto made this salad a perfect dish to start the night. This is one of those salads that you could eat as your main dish if it was bigger.
For the main I ordered the seared ducked breast with purple roasted potatoes, exotic mushrooms, red onion and a sun-dried cherry port demi. This dish was solid, but I would have liked for a little more of a sour taste from the sun-dried cherry port demi and for the duck to have been a little rarer, it was a little dry for my liking. On the other hand, my friend ordered the seared tuna dish that came with a potato-zucchini pancake, baby arugula, romesco and lemon butter, this was the best seared tuna dishes I had in a long time. The tuna was perfectly cooked and the potatoe-zucchini pancake was a great compliment to the freshness of the tuna. This is a must get if you decide to visit Entree.
For dessert I ordered the Nutella cannoli and my friend ordered the limoncello marscapne cake, these were both good desserts, nothing special, but if I had it to over again I most likely would have just gone with a nice refreshing ice cream.
Entree is a great place for a fun causal time, whether it is a first date, a good time with friends or a night out of the house with your wife, Entree hits the spot.
Entree is located at 1608 South Street and is a 3.5 Tizzle destination.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry!!!