Beginning tomorrow at 7am, Cafe Estelle (444 N. Fourth St.) will open up reservations for a series of Monday-night, communal-table tasting dinners kicking off on the first day of spring, March 21.
The seven-course Monday dinners, reoccuring on April 18 and May 23, will give chef/owner Marshall Green a chance to flex the fine-dining muscles he earned working in kitchens like Aimee Olexy and Bryan Sikora's groundbreaking Django. Though Cafe Estelle's hours end at 4 pm, the house-smoked salmon and bacon, locally sourced produce, lovingly fashioned scrapple and house-baked bread and pastries all attest to Green's culinary life beyond breakfast.
Hit the jump to see the menu for Cafe Estelle's first communal-table tasting dinner on March 21. Reservations can be made by calling 215-925-5080 starting Tues., Feb. 22 at 7 am; the price is $70 per person before tax and tip. Guests are encouraged to BYO.
Slow-roasted Spanish Mackerel
Fennel, blood orange, Meyer lemon
A Tasting of Artichokes
Crispy fried with anchovy aioli; shaved with lemon;
grilled with salt cod barigoule, olives and caper berries
Poached breast of Chicken
Saffron risotto, black trumpet mushrooms, chicken jus
Corned Duck and Cabbage
Smoked duck pastrami, Brussels sprouts, fingerlings, mustard duck jus
Green apple sorbet, romaine salad
French Triple Creme
Potato and celery root latke, apple butter
Creme fraiche ice cream, toasted pine nuts, aged balsamic and olive oil