Whenever there would be an awkward lull in a conversation during rush, and after I had exhausted talking about my love of Wharton, I would just start babbling about how excited I was for restaurant week. And now the time has finally come. While I have been to all the must-sees in Philadelphia, like Parc, Fogo de Chao and Distrito, I decided to venture to a restaurant that is not as well known, Valanni, but I’m shocked that people aren’t beating down its door. The décor, food and service were all exceptional. The restaurant has a very sleek and urban feel, patent leather furniture and dangling lights everywhere. It makes for the perfect location for a girl’s night out or for an intimate but edgy date.
For the second course, I ordered the filet.
I order my steak very well-done (despite that it’s a sin in the foodie community). I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have to send the steak back at all and they cooked it completely through. A butter sauce was drizzled over the steak, which added a delicious sweetness to it. The steak was paired with onions, portabella mushrooms (they were cooked to perfection; no sliminess) and asparagus, which were all sautéed wine sauce – enough to give the vegetables a little tangy flavor without being overpowering.
|Kobe Beef Burger|
My only complaint was that I would have liked a starch to balance out all the food groups (aka make sure you’re friends order the kobe burger so you can steal some fries). My friends raved about the kobe burger, which was loaded with blue cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes; while my friend enjoyed the vegetable paella; however, from the one bite I tried, I thought it was quite bland and a bit too spicy.
For desert, you must order the Oreo Beignet, which consists of a deep fried Oreo served with vanilla ice cream; it’s reminiscent of those deep-fired Oreos during spring fling. Stay away from the bread pudding. They secretly infuse it with alcohol, which overpowers the natural flavors of the apple, cranberries and almonds.
As we like to say in finance, Valanni was in the money. Make sure to check this one out during restaurant week or for their Valentine’s day special.