In the already-charming Passyunk section of South Philadelphia lies an even more charming dining destination.
Metro Restaurant spotlight: Fond
Fond, the brainchild of Chef-owners Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki offers a quaint and one-of-a-kind experience. From the picturesque atmosphere to the delightful menu options, there is a lot to sing about— so much so you will be throwing out more tunes than the famous Singing Fountain that sits directly outside.
Fond offers a changeable backdrop: Whether you’re looking for a quiet night out for a few drinks (which is made more enjoyable by posting up at their 12-seat live-edge wood bar), a memorable brunch meal (which is delightful in the warmer months with sidewalk seating and an airy open windowed atmosphere), a real gourmet experience (the easiest pick of all when you see their menu selection), this East Passyunk hotspot certainly has it all.
For libation lovers, the menu offers a wide selection of beers (think stouts, IPAs, cider and more), crafted cocktails (think a wide range of selections featuring all liquors and one of the best Mezcal cocktails in town) and a curated wine list developed by none other than wine expert David Snyder. Fond is so fond of the spirit world, that they even offer their own intimate cocktail class that supplies hands-on cocktail training and education with General Manager Adam Judeh and Lead Bartender Carnie Gilfillan. The classes are available on the first Monday of each month from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm and fill up quite fast.
Now on to the main event—the food. Each of Fond’s menu items results in dishes that are both immensely pleasing to the tastebuds and the eyes. Menu highlights include their pate du jour with seasonal mustard (a must-try), bay scallop ceviche, Belgian endive salad, escargot, grilled duck hearts, duck confit (with white bean cassoulet, garlic sausage, pistou, garlic bread crumbs and duck jus) and braised lamb shoulder (with persimmon, heirloom carrots, sunchoke and lamb jus.)
But what is any perfect meal without dessert?
Fond’s signature dessert offering—their malted milk chocolate ice cream with peanut brittle, chocolate crumble and peanut butter ganache is, and it can’t be stressed enough, out of this world. Other delightful sweet options include a sorbet sampler, orange cranberry tart, ten layer torte and artisanal cheese plate (for those savory-for-dessert lovers.)
If you’re really ready for a journey for your taste buds, Fond also offers a five-course and seven-course tasting menu with an optional wine pairing. But however you choose to spend your time dining or drinking at Fond will truly be a treat.
For more information on Fond (1537 S 11th St.) visit fondphilly.com