May 7th, 2013
Today through May 11th, Georges Perrier is in the kitchen at Chip Roman’s Mica. A few reservations remain.
Posted by Alex Tewfik on April 16th, 2013
Mica seems to want a bigger piece of the map.
First, they announced that Perrier will take hold of the restaurant’s reigns for a week in May, and now, they’re offering a four course oyster dinner this Wednesday and Thursday. The menu will have no geographic theme to it, with a menu ranging from Garganelli pasta to a po’ boy, but who cares? Oysters are great—especially when prepared with the culinary prowess of Chip Roman.
Posted by Foobooz on April 15th, 2013
My friend and mentor chef Georges Perrier will be taking over my Mica Restaurant from May 7th through May 11. A la carte and tasting menus will be available. He will be creating his signature dishes that made Philly famous. Items will range from $10 to about $30 bucks. My staff and I will be following his command that week. Please call 267-335-3912. The menu will be on our mica website shortly. Reservations strongly recommended .
Posted by Foobooz on March 25th, 2013
Saturday Night was ACHIEVEability’s Food for Thought charity event, where more than thirty local restaurants prepared tasting plates for guests of the event.
HughE Dillon was there and in this photo captured just about all the news to be had at the charity event. Chip Roman, owner of Blackfish, Mica and Ela was on hand showing off his new line of Bluestone candies. Jen Carroll was helping out Phoebe Esmon as Esmon served a couple of different punches for the assembled, but Carroll couldn’t help but come to the aid of Karl Isaiah, of Cake Boulangerie, who was serving solo next to Esmon’s cocktail stand.
Posted by Foobooz on February 6th, 2013
Today and tomorrow, Mica in Chestnut Hill is hosting a special four-course scallop tasting. Chip Roman’s $45 tasting menu will include scallop ceviche and roasted scallop with quince, apple celery and white chocolate. Also on the menu are diver scallop noodles that made quite a splash when Roman’s Ela opened last year with Jason Cichonski in the kitchen.
Posted by Jason Sheehan on February 5th, 2013
You a fan of Downton Abbey? Or maybe just enamored of turn-of-the-last-century England with all its frills, stately manors and crippling class system? Or perhaps you just really have a taste for sweet pea veloute and a floating island for dessert.
In any event, if any of those descriptions apply to you, you’re gonna want to mark off Sunday, February 24 on your calendar because that’s the day that Blackfish in Conshohocken will be hosting an ambitious 7-course Downton Abbey-themed dinner that’s being pitched as a haute 1920′s garden party. According to chef Chip Roman: ““I want a guest to feel like an invitee to a Crawley garden party, to expect haute-service and cuisine reflective of that time, and to dine like a wealthy patron who frequented gatherings at estates like Downton Abbey. It’s about capturing the spirit of such a feast. The music, the dress of our staff, and the plating will harken back to the ‘20s, when prosperity in technology, industry and lifestyle reigned.”
Okay, that actually sounds just bonkers enough to be cool. And the menu is pretty killer, too, with at least a couple dishes represented that you might never see cooked again in your lifetime. Check out the full board after the jump.
Posted by Trey Popp on February 24th, 2012
You’ve heard the story before: Young chef opens shoebox-size BYO. Cooks for a few dozen people every night. The critics fall in love. He keeps it humming for a spell, staying small—until suddenly he can’t resist any longer. Chefs may get all the love, but restaurateurs? They get the money.
So he opens another place. Why not? We’re talking about a guy who used to cook at Le Bec-Fin. People give Place Number Two the benefit of the doubt—at least to begin with. It makes the Philly Mag 50 top five. Squeaks into Esquire, too. Watch out, Jose Garces.
Flash-forward a couple years.
Place Number Two calls it quits. Nobody much laments it. We’ve still got the little BYO we first fell for. Until the shutters close on that, too.
By the time Place Number Three is born (as a clone of Place Two), and Place Four stirs serious befuddlement with crab scrapple, “pig wings,” burgers on doughnut rolls, and cooking blunders all over the place, it’s almost as though good old Place Number One never existed at all.
That’s not Chip Roman’s story—not yet, at least. But it is a cautionary tale. Roman, like Daniel Stern (of Gayle and Rae, now both closed, MidAtlantic which closes tonight and R2L which remains open), made his bones at Le Bec-Fin. He went out on his own with Blackfish, a small BYO that overcame its Conshohocken address to rise to the top of Philly Mag’s Best Restaurants list. And while he kept his restaurateur ambitions in check a bit longer than Stern did, last year he busted out of the BYO box by backing Mica, in Chestnut Hill, and Ela, in Queen Village (about a block from the old Gayle).