Posted by Aubrey Nagle on September 5th, 2012
Posted by Aubrey Nagle on August 23rd, 2012
To celebrate the end of the summer season A.kitchen, the Best of Philly: Wine List winner, will be showing off their selection by offering a variety of roses and Rieslings through September 21st. The extended wine menu will rotate through the end of the summer, starting with six different roses available from August 24th-31st. Next from September 1st through the 21st eight different Rieslings will be available. These wines will be served by the glass in 3 or 5 ounce pours with prices ranging from $6 to $16.
a.kitchen [Official Site]
Posted by Aubrey Nagle on May 11th, 2012
Bryan Sikora of a.kitchen will be serving up a beer-pairing menu on Wednesday May 16th starting at 6pm to correspond with American Craft Beer Week from May 14-20th.
Each course on the menu will be paired with a beer from Allagash Brewing Company. Allagash’s own Suzanne Woods will be on hand to answer any beer questions while Sikora creates and serves his dishes.
The special menu will range from $9 to $18 and beers will range from $6 to $8. Dishes can be ordered individually or for $65 guests can create their own four-course meal from the menu.
Posted by Foobooz on March 5th, 2012
Iacopo Lenci, the 27 year-old brewer and owner behind Birrifico Brùton is in town tonight and tomorrow. Italian craft beer has seen a meteoric climb in Italy and in Philadelphia. Lenci, broke away from his winemaking father to set his own path in beer and as you might guess from his photograph above, he’s an interesting guy.
Tonight Lenci will be sharing his story at Pizzeria Stella where from 6:30 t0 8:30 p.m. chef Shane Solomon is offering a special $35, four-course tasting menu with complimentary beers from Brùton. [Menu]
After Lenci is done at a.kitchen he’ll be heading up to Alla Spina to hang out. No special menu at Marc Vetri’s new Italian pub but Brùton’s beers will be pouring.
Posted by Foobooz on January 13th, 2012
Drawing for Food heads to the “Times Square of North Philadelphia” for a cheesesteak from Max’s. They also stop in to the bar next door which has the above neon sign. [Drawing for Food]
Brian takes on three varieties of Korean fried chicken and a Koagie at the new Sammy Chon’s Ktown BBQ in Chinatown. [Bridges, Burgers and Beers]
Phoodie calls the egg and vegetable soup at Nan Zhou Noodle House ”the greatest lunch $4.50 can buy.” [Phoodie]
Gil from Philly Market Cafe takes some shots at a.kitchen after a bread-free lunch. [Philly Market Cafe]
Brunch Philly goes to Vedge for brunch of course. They find the meal to be a bit hit-or-miss, but it does make us want to go. [Brunch Philly]
Quick Fixx on South Street has just opened and Gluten Free Philly is there to check out the celiac friendly options. [Gluten Free Philly]
Posted by Foobooz on October 26th, 2011
Tim McGinnis seeks refuge from negativity and gimmickry in Bryan Sikora’s impressive a.kitchen.
The Meat category introduced me to my soul mate of a dish, the sugars coaxed from a perfectly cooked loin of lamb caramelized on a searing hot la plancha. First, the lamb’s natural sugars mingled casually with bitter Greek-style yogurt, then it flirted hardcore with salty black olives, and finally decided to take the bitter Treviso home and bang the hell out of it. The lamb went great with a stunning outside-the-box cocktail of a bitter artichoke liquor cynar and orange mixed expertly by bartendrix Catherine Manning.
Posted by Foobooz on October 10th, 2011
Craig LaBan is reminded of just how good a chef Bryan Sikora can be during three outstanding meals at a.kitchen.
It’s the fish dishes, always the most delicate, that show a kitchen’s skill. A gorgeous grouper with fresh favas, fennel-scented fava puree, and red-pepper piperade reminded me of Django. Crisped skate Provencale was ringed by a piquant necklace of capers. A gratin of airy gnocchi, meanwhile, mixed into bechamel with smoked haddock and snappy summer squash, is the kind of dish I’ll be craving as the fall chill settles in.
3 Bells – Excellent
Photo by Jeffrey Totaro
Posted by Foobooz on October 5th, 2011
Last week Craig LaBan blasted Serafina. This week he crosses 18th Street to review a.kitchen. How will Bryan Sikora’s restaurant rate.
How Many Bells for a.kitchen
- 2 Bells - Very Good (44%, 84 Votes)
- 3 Bells - Excellent (33%, 62 Votes)
- 1 Bell - Hit-or-Miss (15%, 28 Votes)
- 4 Bells - Superior (6%, 11 Votes)
- 0 Bells - Poor (2%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 189
Posted by Foobooz on September 26th, 2011
It isn’t about the farm to table concept at a.kitchen, though there is some of that. It isn’t about the Rittenhouse scene, though there’s certainly some of that. It isn’t about the celebrity chef despite the open kitchen and the lauded Bryan Sikora at center stage. Trey Popp says a.kitchen is refreshingly about the food.
What it mainly wants (or seems to want) is for its food and drink to speak for themselves—though even there, with a voice as quiet as the restaurant is loud. Sikora’s cooking is skillful, from the minimalism of a scallop crudo simply dressed with a red-wine mustard, to more involved preparations like calamari stuffed with (if a bit overwhelmed by) house-made chorizo. Vegetables and fish outshone meat dishes in the summer, when Spain and Italy were the kitchen’s lodestars. The “forest-driven cuisines of Eastern Europe” are on Sikora’s agenda for the fall.
Two and a half Stars – Good to Excellent
Review: a.kitchen [Philadelphia Magazine]
Photograp by Jason Varney