Checking off a restaurant that’s been “on your list” for awhile is a great thing, but what makes it even better is when that restaurant is everything you could have hoped for (and, hopefully, more). Last week, my friend Kelly and I ubered on down to Old City for dinner at High Street on Market (308 Market Street). I’ve been crushing on High Street since I had dinner at a.kitchen (135 South 18th Street) and was really impressed at Eli Kulp‘s ability to get me to eat things I wasn’t entirely sure I would like, or even fully know exactly what I was eating, to be honest (I am a disgrace . . . this is why I am not a food blogger).
The decor of High Street is adorable. I loved the furniture, the table settings, the lighting, basically, all of it. The entire kitchen is open and visible from the tables, and, while there is no formal bar in this tiny gem, the staff was very accommodating with switching out gin for vodka in my drink, because, that’s what 25 year olds do.
We decided (insert the most un-obnoxious way of getting across the sentiment of “yolo” here) that we would give the $45 8-course Chef’s Tasting Menu a try. The waitress checked with us to see if there was anything we were not to keen on, which, for me, was the Lamb Carpaccio (bite your tongue – wait til you see what I tried!) – very appreciated. Baby steps.
Some of the courses came out for us to share, and some we were served individually. I was determined to try a few things I had never had before, and succeeded with foie over potted shrimps (above) and duck ragu. We were immediately struck with how beautifully everything was plated. While it was really tempting to snap some shots (as I obviously did), we pretty much dug right in to everything as soon as it hit our table. But, just so you know, ladies, the Instagram potential is there.
My two favorite dishes of the night were the squid & corn salad (above) and the burrata (below). I sincerely could eat the burrata every day of my life – it was that good.
Our tasting also came with some of High Street’s famous bread and desserts. We were certainly full after our hour of eating, but it wasn’t an uncomfortable full. More like a, simply satisfied with all of the beautiful food we just got to eat, full.
If you’re looking for a fun night out with your friends, High Street offers a $25 Friends & Family 4-course dinner every Tuesday night at 9pm. We saw a few groups coming in on our way out, and it looked like a really cool experience.
Now go listen to my new favorite song and have a great rest of your day, gals! xx
Disclosure: Our dinners were free via a voucher I redeemed on the new Philly app SocialLadder. Connect all your social networks & check it out! There are some real gems on there.